ELLENSBURG, WA, U.S.A.
KITTITAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPT., WA
03/19/2019, KITTITAS, WA
Ryan Shane Thompson was born in Walla Walla, Washington on August 24, 1976 to Terry and Kathryn Thompson. Ryan grew up in and attended school in Walla Walla.
Ryan excelled at football and wrestling during high school. Ryan was a people person and prom king who was kind and had an amazingly positive attitude towards everyone. Ryan’s love of wrestling took him to North Idaho College and Central Washington University. He traveled abroad to Spain, Mexico and South America while finishing a bachelor’s degree in Spanish. He graduated from CWU in 2003.
Ryan met his wife Sara in 2008, and in true Thompson fashion, married her in 2013 at an epic storm of a ceremony. In December of 2013, Ryan started as a Deputy at Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office. He loved his job following in his father’s, uncle’s and brother’s law enforcement footsteps. They were his heroes. He looked up to his little brother for his love of learning and growing academically. His mother gave him kindness, respect and genuine love for those around him.
Ryan enjoyed seeing new places, making and eating crazy, fancy food, BBQ and beer on the porch with friends and neighbors, rock and fossil hunting, metal sculpting, art, brewing beer, music, chicken chasing, giant turkey raising, climbing mountains, fly fishing, hiking, boating and most recently rock climbing. He summited Mount Rainier and climbed many other peaks around Washington. Everything was interesting to him. He never stopped learning new things. He collected everything; including hobbies and close friends. Above all, his love for his family was always number one. He adored his wife and children.
Ryan was taken from his family, friends and community at age 42 on March 19, 2019. Deputy
Thompson was killed in the line of duty.