715 Bay Street in Historic Downtown Port Orchard
Open Seven Days A Week !
Welcome to the Rex Thompson Memorial Building !
But who is Rex Thompson anyway?
Rex was really named Melvin Herbert Thompson.
We don't know when he started using Rex, but we can guess why.
His second wife was Clara, and they had twin sons named Don and Ron.
He was the owner of the theatre on Bay Street, and named it "D & R" after the boys, when they went to put up a neon sign.
I think they charged by the letter, because the old name was the New Community Theater.
Rex was a founding member of the Port Orchard Kiwanis,
a Chamber of Commerce President, a council member starting in 1938, and a Port Orchard mayor in 1948.
He also owned Thompson furniture in the building that now has the Pavilion, and the property where the Port Orchard Public Market is now.
He died in Arizona in 1969.