He was known by many names, some of which are: Tom, Dad, Grandpa, Tom C. and Yoda.|
Thomas Michael Campbell passed away April 1, 2014 at the age of 81, after a brave and heroic fight against cancer.
Born January 10, 1933 in Hollywood, California, he was the youngest of four siblings-all sisters. Julie Campbell, the sole remaining sibling, resides in Valencia, California.
Tom graduated from Hollywood High School and promptly volunteered to join the United States Air Force at the age of 18 where he fought in the Korean War as a radio operator in a C-47 Skytrain.
In 1956 he joined the Los Angeles Fire Department. He called two fire stations home: 10s in Los Angeles and 39s in Van Nuys, California. He loved fighting fires and saving lives, and served his community bravely as a firefighter until his retirement in 1978.
He met Judy Campbell, the woman he loved and adored, in early 1970 and married her six months later on August 2, 1970. Having two sons of his own, he never blinked and joyfully took on the responsibility of three more young children-a daughter and two more sons.
He joined Alcoholics Anonymous on July 28, 1979 where he unconditionally served, aided, and saved hundreds of people who admire and love him. Known as Tom C. or Yoda, he celebrated 34 years of sobriety last summer.
Tom is survived by his wife of 43 years, Judy Campbell; five children, Tom Campbell, Craig Campbell, Christine Duncan, Phillip Duncan, and Brett Duncan; three daughters-in-law, Rita Campbell, Lisa Duncan, and Jaya Duncan; and six grandchildren, Brandon Duncan, Jason Duncan, Brittany Duncan, Rachael Duncan, Olivia Talbert, and Hayley Steele.
Tom willingly, dutifully, and faithfully served his country, his community, his fellowship, his friends, and most importantly, his family. He was the most loving, accepting, tolerant, non-judgmental, and humble man any of us will ever know. He touched many lives selflessly-ensuring that they received full credit for any accomplishment. He leaves an enormous void in our world, but will live on in the thousands of lives he has touched.
A celebration of Tom's life will be held at Porterville's Veteran's Hall, Post 20 on Friday, April 11, 2014. Doors will open at 10:30 am and the celebration will commence at 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. Please bring side dishes or desserts to the pot luck, and endearing or funny stories to share.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations in Tom's name to the
Published in The Porterville Recorder on Apr. 5, 2014