Aron Michael Thompson was born in San Luis Obispo on Dec. 28, 1975. He passed away suddenly on Aug. 31, 2018 in Chico, Calif.
Aron spent his younger years in Paso Robles where he attended St. Rose Catholic School, Pleasant Valley School, Flamson Middle School and Paso Robles High School. At the age of 25 Aron moved to Portland, Ore. He loved Oregon, but the damp climate worsened his disability. After four years, he moved back to California settling in Chico.
He resided in Chico for the past 13 years, struggling with disability and turmoil during that time. He received uncommon support and care from the compassionate people of Chico, its medical facilities and social service network.
He will be remembered for his kindness and good-hearted regard for others as his own condition went unexplained and unjustified. Although he had anger for his lot in life, he seldom spoke an unkind word of anyone and continued to be delighted with himself until the end. He was a mystery to all who knew him, both frustrating and wonderful, simultaneously.
His life rendered a bittersweet sadness daily for those who loved him and yet who could not console his yearning, solitary journey. Those who tried can find solace in knowing he loved you all, and although it almost seems against his will to say, his appreciation was enormous and sincere.
Aron is survived by his mother, Cheryl Cameron of Cambria, Calif.; his father, Mel Thompson and "spare mom," Mary, of Washington; sister, Cassie Mininni (James) and children, Tessa, Chandler and Claire of Atascadero, Calif.; brother Jesse Savage (Leslie) and children, Wren and River of Washington; aunts, uncles and cousins across the land; and many friends among the vulnerable souls of Chico.
Sincere gratefulness is extended to Chico Housing Action Team (CHAT) especially Robert Trausch, Cynthia Gailey and Jim Williams; The Jesus Center; Enloe Hospital; and all the medical, social service professionals (and bicycle shops) who cared for him for these years. Donations can be made to CHAT and The Jesus Center, both of Chico.
Memorials for Aron will be held in Chico and Paso Robles at later dates.