John "Jack" Campbell ESCONDIDO -- John "Jack" Campbell passed away peacefully at his home on July 11, 2012, from cancer. Jack was born on September 20, 1942, in Cherokee, Iowa to the late Merle Kenneth Campbell and Genevieve Eileen Miller Campbell, known here as "Lee" MacMahon. The family moved to California in November 1942. In September 1948, he developed polio, and spent his sixth birthday in an iron lung. He then was moved to the Kabat Kaiser Institute, a rehabilitation hospital for polio patients, where he was a patient until 1954. Jack remained in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. He had wanted fervently to see polio eliminated from the world before he died, working with Rotary International towards that goal. Polio has been greatly reduced, and eliminated in all but three countries now, but it is now up to us to finish the job. Jack graduated from UCLA where he met and married the late Joyce Van den Broeder. From this marriage, his beloved daughter Marie was born. In 1972, he married his beloved Jill Mooney Brennan. Jack worked for IBM for 16 years as a Systems Engineer and Manager. When the IBM personal computer came out, Jack and Jill started a software company. In 1995, they retired to Escondido and have enjoyed being active in many organizations in our community. During his time in Escondido, Jack was an Escondido Planning Commissioner, a founding member and Chairman of the Board of The Escondido Charitable Foundation, a director of the Rotary Club of Escondido, and helped to establish Plays in the Park. Jack is survived by his wife of 39 years, Jill, daughter and son-in-law, Marie and Don Popa; grandson, Robert Gardner; step-father, Robert MacMahon; sisters, Katherine MacMahon and Rebecca Aranda; and nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 1:15 p.m., on Tuesday, July 31st, at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Interfaith Community Services, 550 West Washington Avenue, Suite B, Escondido, California 92025; The Escondido Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 3124, Escondido, CA. 92033; Escondido Rotary Foundation (marked for Polio Eradication), P.O. Box 1822, Escondido, CA 92033-1822, or another charity of your choice. Sign the Guestbook online obits.nctimes.com
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Published in North County Times on Jul. 22, 2012.