Michael McCamley

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Michael Edmund McCamley passed away on May 20, 2014 at the Heritage Assisted Living Center in Las Cruces, NM. He was 74 and died peacefully with his family around him. Mike was born on August 27th, 1939 in Flint, MI. He played football, basketball, and baseball at St Mary's High School and was proud to be accepted to University of Dayton in Ohio. He was the first member of his family to attend college where he played drums in the marching band and participated in ROTC. Upon graduating he entered the United States Army as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1961. He remained in the Army for 25 years with deployments in Germany, Vietnam, Korea, and various locations around the United States. He served with distinction and excellence; he made one questionable decision in East Berlin that ended with his car trying to escape a tail of East German police, but it made for a great story afterwards. He received a Masters Degree in Systems Information from the University of Southern California in 1979, and in 1986 he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel out of Fort Belvoir, VA. After his time in the Army and two years in the private sector, Mike was accepted to the Social Work program at Virginia Commonwealth University and graduated with his Masters in Social Work in 1990. Mike and his family moved to New Mexico in 1992, and he used his education and extensive experience in logistics to help develop a database and system of services in Doña Ana County so that families in need could access them quickly and effectively. He was also passionately involved in advocating for military retiree health care, and completed the Bataan Death March seven times. A fan of his own Dayton Flyers, he also quickly adopted the New Mexico State Aggies and was a regular attendee at Aggie Memorial Stadium for all the football games (even when the teams were good at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory), and the Pan American Center for basketball and volleyball games, while also cheering for the Pride Marching Band. He married Linda in 1976, and is survived by her; his daughter, Maureen McCamley of Atlanta, GA; his son Bill McCamley of Las Cruces, NM; and his sister and brother in law Betty and Lysle Smith of Flint, MI. Mike was a kind, loving, responsible man that faced life with dignity and pride. He was a dedicated public servant who gave freely of his time and advocated passionately to make the world around him a better place. He had a contagious smile and was quick to laugh, oftentimes at his own jokes, and he loved talking about his children and their accomplishments. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels of Las Cruces. 300 E. Boutz Road. 527-2222. To send condolences online log onto www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com
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Baca's Funeral Chapels
300 East Boutz Las Cruces, NM 88004
575-527-2222
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on June 8, 2014
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