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October 17, 2012
To the Campen family,
My prayers are with you in this time of remembrance of Tom. I'm the Trans Manager with Home Depot at the Tracy Distribution Center. I was formally the Trans Manager at the Lathrop DC. That's where I met Tom. We first hooked up when I saw Tom drive up in his Ducati. Ducati was my fist bike. We'd share stories of our motor cycle adventures and the various cars each of us owned. Tom was always upbeat and a gentleman. Be comforted to know that he was loved by many and touched everyone he met.
God bless Tom.
Hal Fong
October 16, 2012
To the Campen family....my deepest sympathy on the loss of Tom. I am sure at one time or another our paths crossed since I use to hang at your house all the time. But I do believe Tom was living out of the house then. But I know he must of been an amazing person, because is part of an amazing family. Rest in Peace.
October 15, 2012
Tom, There are more memories of you than I can list without writing a book. So I will list two: Cars and Motorcycles. I remember watching you drag race your 57' Chevy at the drag strip. The pale yellow 69' Chevelle that you had repainted dark metalic green. The Ford Bronco you took us out 4 wheeling in after a deep snow and going through a ditch and hitting a bump sending me to the roof hitting my head "ok put your seat belt on". The Corvette you had we were going over Cedar Street Bridge about 100 mph and I thought we were ging to go air born going over the top of it. Last I remember coming back from Minnesota. You, Galen and I in his Dodge Demon. It was late at night and Galen was sleeping when we stopped to relieve ourselves. When we took of again you asked me if I wanted to drive (I was 14). Sure, I said, and we took off down the highway. When Galen woke up and looked between the seats and realized you were'nt driving he said if we get pulled over you were paying the ticket. Now motorcycles, I remember the BSA you bought new years ago when I was young and you took us up the hill by McCluggage bridge. It was so exciting I couldn't believe it. Years later you bought a old Husqvarna 250 that I rode all summer at the Cat proving grounds. Late that summer we were sitting on the back porch at Mom and Dads one night and you asked me if I wanted to go for a ride on your 76' Sporster. We were on some back roads when you pulled over and asked me if I wanted to drive (I was 15). You said that I've been riding that Husky all summer and that I could handle the Sporster. I remember going with you down to Oakland and looking at your last new Harley through the side of the crate, but lastly I remember the trip you, Ed, and little Tom made back to Illinois. Before you guys arrived I found a nice batch of Morel mushrooms. The day after you arrived we fried them up and they were excellent. After we enjoyed the mushrooms, little Tom was looking around the back yard in wonder when he asked what kind of mushrooms we just ate were. We all busted out laughing because he had never seen lightning bugs. I will miss you!
Love, your brother Matt
October 14, 2012
My condolences to the Campen family. Tom was a best friend in grade school. He loved fast cars and the 396 cu. in. 375 hp '69 Chevy was one of his first and maybe his favorite. He also loved cats.
October 13, 2012
Tom, thanks for all your wonderfull photos. You will be missed at Radio Paradise.

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