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George E. CAMPS


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George E. CAMPS Obituary
June 26, 1928 - May 21, 2016 George E. Camps, age 87, died peacefully on May 21, 2016 with his family by his side in Huntington Beach, California. George E. Camps, the son of Patrico Selma Camps and Anna Camps, was born on June 26, 1928 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At a young age the family moved to Washington, D.C. just a few blocks down the street from the White House, where he was to spend most of his youth. The National Mall was his playground; often he could be seen ice skating on The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pond and throwing paper planes off of the top of the Washington Monument. His family moved to Los Angeles in the early '40s to because of the boom in restaurant jobs due to the increase of wealth within the Southern California basin. His father ended up being a pastry chef at dozens of Hollywood restaurants during World War II. George attended Los Angeles Polytechnic High School in downtown LA where he graduated in 1947 with top honors. He was drafted in 1947, US Army Infantry, where he was stationed in Trieste, Italy, part of Occupation Forces Europe. He served one tour and returned in 1949. After the military he went on to attend Los Angeles City College, also in downtown Los Angeles, specializing in Civil Engineering and graduating with an Associate's Degree in 1951. After college George went to work at the California Department of Transportation, where he took part in the development of the freeway system that we, Angelinos, know today. He worked for Caltrans for over 40 years where he helped expand the infrastructure throughout the Southland. In 1950 he was called back to the army to serve in Korea. With a bus pass already purchased, the night before he was supposed to leave he received a telegram that exempted him from his 2nd tour of duty. In 1952 George met Marilyn Johnson, daughter of Harry and Mary Johnson, on the sands of Manhattan Beach on a beautiful Thursday afternoon. They were to be married in 1956 at St. Bridget Church in Los Angeles. They spent 60 beautiful years together, eventually moving to the cozy beach town of Huntington Beach where George was able to spend his final years with peaceful trade winds blowing through his hair. George could be seen happiest while skiing down what we know today as Mammoth Mountain. He was known as an excellent skier by his peers and was unstoppable on the slopes. George is survived by his wife, Marilyn Camps of Huntington Beach, California; his two sons, Steven "Chuck" Camps of Huntington Beach, California and Scott Camps of Bend, Oregon; his daughter-in-law, Kathy Foley Camps of Huntington Beach, California and four grandchildren, Ryan Camps of Huntington Beach, California, Kevin Camps of Brooklyn, New York, Griffin Camps of Bozeman, Montana, and Andrew Dunn of Eugene, Oregon. His services were private, per his request. Rest in Peace, Papa.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 2 to June 5, 2016
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