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James Leroy (L.J.) Campbell

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LJ Campbell, beloved son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend came to this earth on July 23, 1928 and left this earth on August 16, 2018.

LJ was the eldest child of Vollie Elmer Campbell and Ruthie May Suter. His parents had a set of twins, Allon and Alma. Later his father remarried LJ's beloved stepmother Corrine and they had five more children: Theo, Frances, Viola, Frank and Jeannie.

LJ was born in Jack Fork near Hartshorne, Oklahoma. He lived in Oklahoma till the age of 13. He moved with his family to northern California in 1942.

He began working in the timber industry in 1945. This was his career until his retirement in 1990. LJ was well known and respected throughout the western half of the United States for his knowledge of all western wood products. LJ worked and lived in California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona.

In 1949, LJ married Kit Tackett in John Day, Oregon. They had five children: Patricia, Pamala, James, David and Paula. They divorced in 1974.

In 1976, LJ married Gwendolyn Carmack in Bayfield, Colorado. Gwen had five children whom LJ assisted in parenting: Billy, Kimberly, April, Crystal and Joel.

LJ was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Kit, his daughter, Paula, his brothers Theo, Frank and Allon and many well-loved brothers-in-law, uncles, aunts and cousins.

LJ is survived by his wife Gwendolyn, four children, five step-children, twenty-five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren and many others who love and miss him.

LJ loved to hunt, fish, hike, skate, play basketball, box, play horseshoes, dance, sing, play card games, watch football, eat good food, read, travel, and visit loved ones all while enjoying a cold beer or glass of spirits.

LJ wrote his own eulogy several years before his death. It resonates with us as a testament to who he was and what mattered most to him. Please enjoy it with us:

To Those I Love and Those Who Love Me:

When I am gone, release me, let me go

I have so many things to see and do

You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears

Be thankful for our beautiful years.

I gave you my love and you can only guess

How much you gave me in happiness.

I thank you for the love you each have shown,

But now it's time I travelled on alone.

So grieve awhile for me, if grieve you must

Then let your grief be comforted by trust.

It's only for a time that we must part,

So bless me now within your heart.

I won't be far away, for life goes on,

So if you need me, Call and I will come.

Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near.

And if you listen with your Heart, you'll hear

All my love around you soft and clear.

And then when you must come this way alone,

I'll greet you with a smile, and say

Welcome Home!

James L. Campbell

A rememberance of LJ's amazing life will be celebrated around Labor Day, 2019 near Bayfield, Colorado. Family and friends will be notified of the date via letter, phone call, word of mouth and Social Media.
Published in The Durango Herald on Sept. 18, 2018
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