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Camelin, F.J. "Jack"
81, of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away on November 8, 2013, the 46th day following the loss of his beloved wife, Donna Jo. Together, Jack and Donna were the parents of three children: Dan Camelin (Rhonda) of Dallas, TX, Vicky Cleary of Payson, AZ, and Gail Stephens (Craig) of Scottsdale, AZ. They were the proud grandparents of four: Richard Cleary and Kayley Stephens, who each reside in Scottsdale, AZ, and D.J. Camelin and Ryan Camelin, both of whom reside in TX. They also had five great-grandchildren residing in Texas: Trystin, Riley, Reese, Talyn and Raiden. Jack and Donna were legendary for their love of life, their passion for party time with family and friends, and their enthusiasm for the outdoors whether on land or water. Jack, rarely ever seen without a beer in his hand (and in his early days a smoke), was a master of "BS". When it came to telling a story or a tale of an actual life experience, any ladies in his audience could expect to blush at Jack's colorfulness, while the guys with tears in their eyes would howl with laughter (particularly grandson Richard's buddies). When asked how long he and Donna had been married, Jack's response was always that they had been married for so long, he believed it was on his birth certificate. Jack's lifetime career was in the telecommunications industry. For decades after his retirement, Jack remained eager to perform in his role as "The Telephone Man" for anyone who needed his help. Jack was proud to have served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps from February 1951 to January 1954. He enjoyed many years of membership in organizations such as The American Legion, VFW, and DAV. The family will hold a Celebration of Life in Jack's honor at the D.A.V. Chapter 22, 1517 North 79th St., Scottsdale, Arizona, 85257, between the hours of 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2013. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the D.A.V. Chapter 22. Condolences may be made at


Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 17, 2013
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