Bruce O. Thornton

Bruce Thornton
Date Of Birth: 01/16/1935
Date of Death: 04/17/2021

On April 17, 2021, Bruce O. Thornton, loving husband and father passed away at age 86. He was born in Seattle, WA. to Lucille Anderson and Olin Thornton. Bruce received his business degree at University of Washington and worked the majority of his life in the Telecommunications industry. His 30-year career as a Sales Manager spanned AT&T, Pacific Northwest Bell and US West Communications. After he retired, he started his own consulting business, Cascade Telecommunications.

Bruce was very patriotic and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1962 – 1965. During this time, he met and married Sandra Fisher. They raised two children; Lisa & John. He had compassion for animals and had many cats that he adored. His cat Cooper will miss him dearly.

Bruce spent his leisure time boating, golfing and fishing and he enjoyed collecting classic cars. Attending Husky football games was one of his favorite past times and traveling to the Rose Bowl was a highlight of the season. He had a great love of Hawaii and spent many vacations there visiting his cousin Stanley Thornton.

He is survived by wife Sandra, daughter Lisa, son John and grandson Reid. He will be honored in the summer at a memorial service held at Willamette National Cemetery. His ashes will be spread in the ocean at Honolulu, HI.

Donations can be made to the Oregon Humane Society at or Wounded Warrior Project at

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  1. Barbara m. Davis says:

    Bruce, it was my sincere pleasure to have known you as a dear friend through your dear wife Sandra, who is my friend. I will miss my conversations with you. You were an animated fella, and fun to be around. I will miss you, Bruce. Thank you for having known you.

    Rest in peace now with God, and without pain!

  2. Carol and Norm says:

    Dear Thornton family, so sorry for your loss.

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