Leroy Gordon "Roy" Campbell
1924 ~ 2013
LeRoy Gordon "Roy" Campbell passed away on the night of October 24, 2013, at the age of 89.
Born September 24, 1924, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to George Gordon Campbell and Cora Belle Call Campbell. His parents and his only brother, Don, preceded him in death.
Roy grew up during the Great Depression on a beautiful spot of land in Holladay, Utah, that included cows, chickens, and other animals. He graduated from Granite High School just as World War II began and enlisted in the Navy where he served in the Pacific on the escort carrier Kitkun Bay which saw action in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. In 1947 Roy married Joyce Carol Winther, and they were only a week short of their 66th anniversary when he passed.
He is survived by his three sons and daughters-in-law, Lee (Kyle), Kevin (Adrian), and Scot (Susan) and by 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren (with one more due in a few weeks).
Roy worked for many years at the U.S. Post Office, but his avocation was working around the house and yard. He was constantly landscaping, fixing, painting, gardening, improving and creating a beautiful environment for his wife and family in several homes over the years. For several years before his retirement, he and Joyce raised and bred Arabian horses. After retirement, he and Joyce sold their house and became intentionally "homeless" for a time, traveling all over America in a motorhome before buying successive houses in St. George (UT), Reno (NV) and Boise (ID).
Roy was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was a wonderful husband and father.
His memorial service will be held in Boise, Idaho, at the Columbia Village Ward chapel on Wednesday, October 30, at 4pm. There will also be a graveside service at Memorial Estates Mountain View in Salt Lake City on Friday, November 1, at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to the Blinded Veterans Association, 477 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001-2694.
Published in Idaho Statesman from Oct. 25 to Oct. 27, 2013