Nathan Thomas “Tom” Kempton passed away Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 at his home in Litchfield Park, AZ with his wife, Linda, at his side. Tom was born in Solomonville, AZ on October 24, 1933. He attended Solomonville Elementary, Safford High School and graduated from the University of Arizona in 1955 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He married his high school sweetheart, Linda Lines, in 1952. Tom and Linda raised their four children in Scottsdale AZ. His family was his greatest joy. He loved being with them all, and will be remembered as an incredible father, grandfather and great grandfather. Tom was a planner of many reunions for the generations of his family and for the SHS class of 1951.
He was a lifelong active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and developed a strong testimony of Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice. Tom served in many leadership positions for the Church through out his life, and magnified each calling. Service brought him great happiness.
Tom was a respected and successful Aerospace Engineer. He began working for Garret Air Research/Allied Signal in 1956, and retired from that company in 2003 at age 70. He loved the industry and his job, he really did whistle on his way to work.
Tom is survived by Linday, his wife of 66 years; children, Randall (Beth), Michal, Nate (Fonda), Kristofer (Amy); ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren; brothers, Kenneth, Richard and sister Brenda McConkie. He was preceded in death by his son Joshua, brothers, Steven and Larry and his parents Pearl and Clyde Kempton.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 8pm on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 301 W. Wigwam Blvd. 85340. A funeral service will follow there at 11am on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. A graveside service will be held 2pm on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 at Safford Cemetery in Safford, AZ. Visit www.hansenmortuary.com for online condolences.Print Obituary & Condolences