Our beloved Mark Cameron Campbell was tragically taken from us on December 6, 2020 and now we focus so that we can celebrate Mark's life. His life was filled with stories and experiences. Mark moved to Waldport, Oregon from Alaska 24 years ago, enticing family to join him. He was a man who wore many hats. He was as friend to many, a loving husband to Christine, father to Erin Campbell, bonus dad and affectionately known as "Mark Daddy" to Tara Bruce & Jared Bruce (Sarah), son to Jean Campbell, brother to Denise "Dee Dee" Renton (Bob), Matthew "Jay" Campbell (Janell), Robert "Robby" Campbell and Lynda Rypdahl (Marc) and uncle to many nieces & nephews, and even as closely as any family member could be was his companion Rango. As anyone would know, he was a devoted husband to Christine who stated, "He was a rare, and devoted force of unconditional love who was so worth it. I would relive the last 7 1/2 years I had with him, over and over again."
It was within the Crestview Golf Club Community in Waldport, where he worked, where he played, and where he lived. He donated his time, talents, and resources generously between the golfing community as well as serving on the city council for 14 years. Most notably in the coming weeks, will be the absence of Mark walking his dog Rango around the clubhouse or at the beach. This quiet shift can already be felt by the close-knit staff at the golf club. He was an adventurous and courageous man who took any challenge as a way to learn and to always be active. Mark filled his time with the things he loved to do most. Whether that be crosswords, bowling, playing pool with his Moose buddies, or the hours of committed sports time to his favored Dallas Cowboys. He was always busy, but was never "put out".
As we think of how to move past the events surrounding Mark's passing, we can celebrate the blessings that he gifted to all of us. There was the weekly bowling league with his mother Jean and sister Dee Dee, where they split their time between bowling in Toledo and Florence. There was Mark learning that he was to become a grandfather to his stepson Jared's baby boy. He was beyond excited about this and eager that the new addition to the family was to be born in May. He had made plans with Christine to return to the fishing town in Mexico, they had just visited this past year. He had his yearly USBC bowling championship event that he competed in with his brother Jay. He had not missed this event in over 35 years. And this list could go on and on.
So now we ponder the realization that unfortunately, there are people who do bad things. But also, there are those who choose to do the right thing. Mark was a man who would not have chosen to do anything but what he did day in and day out. He was the one you could count on and now he can count on us to honor his example, his work, his life.
The plans for a memorial will be announced at a later date. In lieu of sending flowers, please consider sending donations to the Lincoln County Victims Assistance Program. On behalf of Mark and his family, we want to thank all of you for the support and the sympathy that has been extended. We feel your hugs and are embracing your tears.
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