Donald Ray Campbell

Born: Sun., Nov. 4, 1934
Died: Thu., May 12, 2016


Memorial Service

1:00 PM Sat., May 28, 2016
Location: Burns Mortuary


Celebration of Life Gathering

2:30 PM Sat., May 28, 2016
Location: Pendleton Eagles Lodge #28


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Donald Ray Campbell

November 4, 1934 – May 12, 2016

Donald R. Campbell – a resident of Mission passed away Thursday morning, May 12, 2016, at his home.  He was 81 years old. 

Donald was born in Pendleton, Oregon, to Orville O. and Marie E. (Picard) Campbell, November 4, 1934.  Donald graduated from Pendleton High School.  Donald served in the US Navy from July 25, 1952 to October 21, 1955.  He was a longtime member of the Pendleton Eagles Aerie # 28.

Donald married the love of his life Helen G. Erickson, April 11, 1953.  They have three surviving children, Michael Ray of Lebanon, Oregon; Tina Marie of Weston, Oregon; and Pamela Joyce of Adams, Oregon.

Don worked at many different jobs in his lifetime; Maycomber Painting, Umatilla County Shops.  Loving the sea and fishing, Don moved the family with in-laws to Newport, Oregon in 1964 pursuing commercial fishing.  After a few unsuccessful years of fishing, in 1975 Don moved the family back to what he called ‘God’s country’, his previous home, Pendleton, Oregon.  Don worked in construction, heavy equipment and driving truck until an on the job injury.  Don went back to school at BMCC to earn a degree in civil engineering.  With his degree Don worked for CTUIR and private consulting until retirement.

Don always enjoyed friend and family card games.  Don rode horses all his life and always enjoyed rodeos, playdays and especially team roping.

He is blessed with two grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.  We love and miss him very much.

Memorial services will be held at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton Chapel on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. with a Celebration of Life following at 2:30 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #28 in Pendleton.  Sign the online condolence book at www.burnsmortuary.com.  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice, or to the American Cancer Society.  The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the caring doctors and staff during his battle with Esophageal Cancer and special thank you to the staff of St. Anthony Hospice of Pendleton, Oregon. 

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Tammy (Knight) Moore
   Posted Sat May 14, 2016
To Helen and family. Don was so much fun to work with. I was at Yellowhawk Clinic when Don was our Site Manager through several building remodels. He was always fun and encouraging. He had previously worked with my dad, John Knight in the road construction business and dad liked him too. Don was one of the few that encouraged me to apply for the Facility Managers position at Yellowhawk. He said, "Go for it!" and I did for the next 7 years, and he advised me in some sticky situations and I sure appreciated that.
He will be missed, but his impact on those around him will go on forever.
Blessings to you all,
Tammy (Knight) Moore

barb swart
   Posted Mon May 16, 2016
Don was a good man. He will be missed by many. He is at peace and out of pain.

Leigh Pinkham-Johnston
   Posted Wed May 18, 2016
Prayers to Don's family. May you find peace that he is no longer in pain.

I met Don while he did some of his consulting working with CTUIR Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). He was great to work with.

Lisa Breckenridge
   Posted Wed May 18, 2016
I had the honor of meeting Don through his consulting work for the Tribe. He was such a jewel, so tough, funny, tender, dedicated in his love for his work and community. He always knew what to do, how to do it right, and how to have fun along the way.

My condolences to Don's family.

Chuck and Pam Wagenaar
   Posted Thu May 26, 2016
Helen and Family,
We met and knew Don through Team roping. He was funny, positive and always smiling. What a great gentleman. Our thoughts are with you today. He will be greatly missed. Heaven received a angel.
Chuck and Pam

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