John Clair Campbell

John Clair Campbell

John Clair Campbell, 84, of Seattle, WA, passed away January 11, 2013.

The memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. January 26, 2013, at University Temple United Methodist Church in Seattle.

John was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada on January 26, 1928, and served in the Canadian Navy for 4 years learning to be a mechanic on airplanes. After his Honorable Discharge he moved to the United States and became a U.S. Citizen in 1956. John worked as a mechanic for United Airlines, where he met a flight attendant and his future bride, Judith Caryl Hunt. They married April 15, 1956, and were married for 55 years until Judy's death in April of 2011.

John and Judy lived on Queen Anne Hill, where they raised their children for 36 years. They moved to Magnolia in 1992 and lived there until 2010.

While working as a mechanic, John attended the University of Washington and graduated in 1961 with a degree in Education. He taught 4th and 5th grades in Seattle at Coe Elementary School, Wing Luke Elementary, and retired from his 30+ years of teaching at Beacon Hill Elementary in 1993.

While working as a teacher, John enjoyed his summers with his family traveling across every state and province in the United States and Canada. After retirement, John and Judy enjoyed traveling and seeing the world.

John was actively involved with the University Temple United Methodist Church Choir, and Men's Breakfast Group. He served as a volunteer at the church homeless program.

John is preceded in death by his father and mother, John Wares Campbell and Anna Elizabeth Hatch Blum, and his wife, Judith Hunt Campbell. He is survived by his daughters: Kimberly Ream (Charles), Caryl Campbell, and Janet Huntington (Nick); and his sons: Jeffrey Campbell (Melissa), and Steve Campbell (Carrie). John is also survived by his 16 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

John touched many lives as a teacher and a father. He lead by example and enriched many lives with his teachings of responsibility and kindness.

Published in The Seattle Times from Jan. 22 to Jan. 23, 2013