Daniel Francis Campbell Iv
{ "" }
Share Daniel's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
Daniel Francis Campbell IV

Dec. 30, 1940-Nov. 2, 2020

Dan, the son of Daniel and Cecelia (Scanlan) Campbell was born in Portland, OR, and passed away from complications of Primary Progressive Aphasia in Beaverton, OR. He attended St. Rose Grade School, Central Catholic HS, class of '59, Santa Ana and San Diablo Community colleges, as well as San Jose State. He was proud to be a Marine Sergeant serving in the USMCR Helicopter Squadron Air Reserves from 1964-1970 in Alameda, CA. He lived most of his life in Marin County, CA. He moved to Reno, NV in 2003 and Beaverton, OR in Jan. 2020.

Dan was a hard worker all his life: as a boy he had a newspaper route, worked on a farm, and as a pin-boy in the bowling alley at Rockaway, OR above the Natatorium at 10 cents a game. He loved anything cars and worked at dealerships in Portland. He pivoted to the newspaper industry and ran presses in OR, CA, and for a brief time, in FL. Dan had the ability to connect with people instantly and many friendships lasted his entire life. In college he was famous for organizing and hosting pot-luck spaghetti feeds. After college he organized softball tournaments and motorcycle rides. He became a successful restaurant owner, including The Butchery, Positively 4th Street and George's (which grew into a legendary music venue), all in Marin County. In 1975 he opened The Tom Foolery in Napa. The check cashing business and real estate investments were the next chapter. In a surprise twist, at 52 years old, he attended the prestigious London based Ivor Spencer International School for Butlers, and worked as a butler in AK.

He participated in many sports: basketball in grade and high school, ran the Dipsea, and the NY marathon, played golf, volleyball and became an avid tennis player. He went on many long distance motorcycle trips with his friends riding his BMW.

His love of children (and dogs) was legendary. He had countless nieces, nephews and godchildren whom he mentored. Charismatic, generous, compassionate, kind, meticulous and leader are just a few adjectives used to describe him.

He is survived by his siblings, Edward, Patricia and John (Patricia Ann) of Beaverton, OR, Margaret (Peggy) of Eugene, OR, and Constance (Gil) Edwards of Seattle, WA; 12 nieces and nephews; eight great nieces and nephews; as well as countless cousins, friends and admirers. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Cecelia "Missy", (Sr. Maureen of the Trinity, OCD).Remembrances may be made to Carmel of Maria Regina, 87609 Greenhill Rd. Eugene, OR 97402

A restricted funeral was held Nov.16,2020, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Beaverton, OR.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in the Reno Journal-Gazette and Mason Valley News from Nov. 20 to Nov. 22, 2020.
11:00 AM
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Memories & Condolences
Not sure what to say?
View Printed Guest Book
18 entries
November 27, 2020
Dan and I were friends from yesteryear, 30 years ago. We were both on the Marin County Civil Grand Jury. We were on 2 committees and also went 2 conferences in Monterey and San Diego. Well, when our term finished we became personal friends, would get together for lunch's with other Juror's or just some good BS about world, national or local politics. Even when Dan moved to Reno the calls continued along with the standing offer "come on up for a day or two". Will be missing Dan Bob Abeling
Bob Abeling
November 23, 2020
I was stunned to hear of Dan’s passing. I worked for Dan and Tom Batch at Positively, eventually purchasing the bar from them. Dan graciously and generously helped me over the years, of which I will be eternally grateful. We lost regular contact after he moved to Reno, but fortunately, he visited me shortly after I launched The Tavern on Fourth; the last time I saw him. Dan was influential to me, and there will always be a special place in my heart for him. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.
John Radovich
November 23, 2020
I met Dan almost eight years ago when I rented his home in San Rafael,.CA
He was friends with a family friend of our's named Al Dye. my father also knew Dan from the restaurant business (We own a corned beef company).
The first time I met him we were sitting in the house. He prepared the papers for me to sign and he said "Debbie always sign documents with a blue ink pen it authenticates a document".I smiled and we became friends. We would speak on the phone every week and he always was full of advise,stories,etc. My daughter is a merchant marine so they always would chat and he wanted to know where she was sailing to next. I loved him, I thought he was such a one of a kind human being.God bless his family.
Love, Debbie
Deborah Ward
November 23, 2020
Guess you're off on your next adventure. Safe travels my friend.
Steve Tourdo
November 22, 2020
Dan and became friends during our time on the Grand Jury and the friendship continued after our term on the Jury was up. Dan was one of the most Christian men I have known, always finding a way to help his fellow man. He was also a true gentle man. Maybe find peace now, and, Dan, leave your motorcycle behind. Sue Haas
Sue Haas
November 21, 2020
Hello to the Campbell Family. I am happy to have the honor to write you all, and Dan’s Friends, about him. What a great man!
I met Dan through our mutual friend, Margie Cupp, when we all attended San Jose State. Margie and I, Tom Pfalzer (Margie’s Husband), many of my high school friends, many SJS athletes, Veterans, and more, loved those Thursday night “Spaghetti Feeds” at Dan’s place. He was the driving force, being the charismatic, people person, that he was. There was lots of fun, Good friends, and lots of dancing to Creedence and Chicago, and lots of spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, and cheap wine.
We soon all went our separate ways, as college friends do. Margie and Tom stayed close to Dan over the years, and thanks to them, my husband, Jeff, and I, reconnected with Dan, while he was living in Reno. I was able to let him know that he was a good influence in my life, when we were young. Dan, (of course), became good friends with my Husband, over the phone. We have missed our Dan calls, and we will always think of him with lots of love!
May Dan Campbell Rest in Peace, and may His perpetual light shine upon him.
Janeen and Jeff Fenton
November 19, 2020
Continue prayers for the Campbell family.
November 15, 2020
Group of 10 Memorial Trees
Plant Memorial Trees
Sympathy Gift courtesy of
sheilah wasseman
November 15, 2020
The FTD Beautiful Spirit Basket
Send Flowers and Gifts
Sympathy Gift courtesy of
Charisse PizarroOsilla
November 15, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Three beautiful sisters that took such good care of their brother Dan. My sympathy is with you and all of the family.
I got to meet Dan on FaceTime due to Mike Cuevas. He was a happy go lucky loving soul. I was invited to his home in Reno, had a wonderful weekend walking talking. Just a loving and caring man.
Saw him again in Oregon where we said our goodbyes and where I met his three beautiful loving sisters.
Loretta Cruz
Loretta Cruz
November 14, 2020
Danny Boy my Best friend in this lifetime. We met in the US Marine Corp Reserve helicopter squadron NAS Alameda Ca in 1964. We had many laughs and experiences that bonded us together for life. All that new Dan had a lasting impression of his “ Genuine “ personality. He always had my back And I had his. I will miss his straight forward and honest demeanor - one of a kind.
I am Blessed that you were in my life. See you on the other side ❤
Love you Dan
Mike Cuevas
November 14, 2020
Campbell Family (and my beloved childhood babysitters), you are in my thoughts and prayers. I'm so sorry for your loss. With love from me and the entire Gagnon family.
Juli Gagnon Classen
November 13, 2020
So sad.. what great support he had from his wonderful family. He was such a sweet person and I am glad he is out of his miserable condition.
Meredy Keller
November 13, 2020
Dan had a quick smile, shared some great stories (would like to hear more about his butler era) and generously "bought the beer" for many of our semi-annual class luncheons when he couldn't attend. CCHS was a great spring board for him and his life-long swim. Well done, Dan, we'll miss youl.
david Johnson
November 13, 2020
What at beautiful memorial to 'Dan THE Man' '!! ...anyone who was lucky enough to have met Dan remembered /s him - I remember when I met him and Positively Fourth Street was 'THE place' in San Rafael,
That he NEVER forgot a customers name, drink, and something special about them-a wife's or child's name or where they worked or the last joke they shared at the bar.. One of the biggest honors in my 70 years is that Dan made me always feel that I was his friend- I love him , as all who were lucky enough to spend time with him did! I am thankful that Frank and I got to be with him in Reno a short while back - at his beloved Peppermill where - in ONLY DAN style - he toured us throughout the property, to the kitchen and the VIP lounge and then when we sat down to eat- he ordered for us to ensure we could share what were his favorite dishes - and of-course- he introduced us to his /our waitress !!!
THANK YOU to his dear family for his foundation and his safety- we are all better for having Dan in our lives and I hope to mimick him whenever I can...
Michelle Burrill
November 13, 2020
Rest In Peace my dear,dear friend Dan......
I will miss our conversations, and the laughs.
Your long time friend Janny Cuevas.

Janny Cuevas Edge
November 13, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Anton Sahli
November 13, 2020
Dear Patty and Family,
Sending our heartfelt prayers on the loss of your brother, Danny. He had a life well-lived and was a blessing in the lives of many others.
Wishing you everything you need to get through this challenging time. Beyond the darkness, light. Beyond the sorrow, peace.
Debbie Gray and Bonnie Palka
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences