Patrick Campbell
Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home of Montgomery
20850 Eva St.
Montgomery, TX
Patrick J. Campbell, 68, of Montgomery, Texas, passed away on July 27, 2013, of congestive heart failure.
Mr. Campbell was born January 21, 1945 in Bakersfield, California to Fred and Jane Campbell. His family moved to Nebraska City, Nebraska in 1947, where Mr. Campbell spent his formative years. As a youngster, he could frequently be seen around town in his western outfit, complete with cowboy hat, chaps, and toy six shooters on his hips. He was a huge fan of Gene Autrey and Hop-Along Cassidy and enjoyed going to see western movies showing at the downtown theater.
In 1958 Mr. Campbell's family returned to Bakersfield, where he graduated from North High School in 1963. At North High, he played football and was a wrestling champion. His senior year, he was presented with the Sam Lynn Trophy, which was awarded to the most outstanding athlete in Kern County.
He was married to Jana Maltby on September 5, 1964. That same year, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he served on active duty until 1967. He achieved the rank of Sargent E-5, and often said that he considered his time in the Marine Corps to be his "college education." His daughter Patricia was born in 1965, and his son Donald in 1967.
During these years, Mr. Campbell also served as the drummer in a rock and roll band known as the Titans, and later in several country & western bands. Mr. Campbell's bands played gigs all over Southern California in the 1960s. Meanwhile, Mr. Campbell worked in the oil fields around Bakersfield. He later moved to Los Angeles, where he worked for FMC Corporation selling oil field equipment. His work for FMC eventually took Mr. Campbell and his family overseas, where they lived in Iran (1973-74), the United Arab Emirates (1974-75) and England (1975-78) before returning to the United States and settling in Conroe (and later Montgomery), Texas.
Mr. Campbell got started in the oil well firefighting business in the early 1980s with Boots & Coots, Inc. where he was General Manager. He later founded Blowout Tools, Inc. and became one of the principals in Wild Well Control, Inc. His work as an oil well firefighting expert took Mr. Campbell to every corner of the world. Mr. Campbell spent more than a year leading a team in Kuwait to extinguish oil well fires set by Saddam Hussein during his retreat from advancing U.S. forces during the Gulf War in 1991. He fought oil well fires in such exotic and dangerous locales as the Amazon jungle, sub-Saharan Africa, the South China Sea, Sumatra, and - perhaps most exotic and dangerous of all - South Louisiana.
Mr. Campbell sold his interest in Wild Well Control to Superior Energy in 2001 but remained as president of the company. At Superior, Mr. Campbell played a leading role in the team of experts seeking to control the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In the later 2000s he negotiated and supervised contracts to decommission hundreds of obsolete and potentially hazardous wells in the Gulf. He received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Houston Technology Center in 2012.
Mr. Campbell's magnetic personality made him a natural salesman and won him many friends. He was confident, optimistic, and generous to a fault. He loved his wife deeply would want everyone to know that she was his partner in life's journey and supported him in every way. He described their life together as a "wonderful adventure."
In his later years he took great pleasure in his many grandchildren, with whom he loved to be "silly." One of his most valued accomplishments was providing the "Homeplace" where his grandkids (as well as many great-nephews and great-nieces) could enjoy fishing, boating, driving the golf cart, playing in the tree-house, building bonfires, playing volleyball, hanging out in the bunk-house, and generally having a great time.
Mr. Campbell accepted Jesus Christ as his savior at age 16 and was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church in the The Woodlands, Texas. He is survived by Jana, his wife of 49 years; his daughter Tricia Fesler, her husband Clint, and grandchildren Hannah, Rebecca, John and Claire Fesler of Oak Ridge, Texas; his son Donald Campbell, his wife Kelli, and grandchildren Sarah, Patrick and Rachel Campbell of Dallas, Texas; brothers Michael Campbell of Henderson Nevada and Kevin Campbell of Fresno, California; and sister Maureen Weidenheimer, also of Fresno.
Services will be held at Crossroads Baptist Church, 5000 College Park Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77384 at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31 with burial to follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Montgomery, Texas.
Services will be directed by Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Montgomery ( Should you desire to make a donation in lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider the Shriners Hospitals for Children Galveston (, as Mr. Campbell supported the Shriners' work on behalf of child burn victims throughout his professional career.

Published by Houston Chronicle on Jul. 28, 2013.
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Jana, I am so sorry to hear about Pat. What wonderful memories I had sharing fun times with the two of you. Praying for peace for you and your family. Rest in Peace Mr. Pat.
Barbara Foster
August 15, 2013
Pat was a very great mentor to me. He always made time to discuss projects and just life in general. I had the privilege to work with him on jobs throughout the US, Italy, Africa and the Middle East. I will miss Pat's great wisdom. I hope Jana and the rest of the entire Campbell family find peace durning these trying time.

Sam Bowden
August 12, 2013
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Pat. He was a wonderful, kind man and will be greatly missed.
Jan Calhoun (State Farm Ins)
August 9, 2013
Kevin, Very sorry for your loss my friend Cookie and the kids send their prayers for you Mike & Mo, I will see you soon.
Marvin Smart
August 4, 2013
Pat life seems to have answered the proverbial question...."What's it all about?" I will miss him and I will always remember little experiences with him in my life.
Glen Lochte
August 4, 2013
Mr Campbell was indeed a very generous and kind man as my brother said. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Gina Atkins
August 3, 2013
I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of such a great man. Mr. Campbell was extremely generous to our family. I know that my father(Peter Atkins)respected him greatly. From our family to yours please accept our deepest sympathy.
Paul Atkins
August 2, 2013
I first met Pat in the late 1970s when we met in Galveston and later in Vancouver as new recruits with Lockheed; he was hired to run the Houston Office and I the London office.
He was one of the friendliest and helpful people I have met and I was particularly grateful for his friendship during difficult times with Lockheed.

Jana, do you remember a furniture chest in an Antique shop in Billingshurst, Sussex that you and Pat spotted during your time in the UK. Well it obviously made a great impression on Pat as he had me visit that shop about 1978, to purchase it and have it shipped to you in Houston, but unfortunately it had been sold.

Jana, I wish you and your family the very best wishes and hope that you obtain some solace from the fact that Pat was so widely loved and respected. The world is a poorer place without him!
Stewart Adamson
Stewart Adamson
August 2, 2013
I could never thank Pat enough for his generosity when I husband Peter Atkins died. Pat paid for his funeral and helped my son and daughter during this time. Pat eased my own grief at that time and I think of him as often as I think of Peter. I hope Peter and Pat are enjoying a great heavenly reunion. Your family touched my life and I will always remember your kindness. Linda
I am now the bereavement counselor for Odyssey Hospice.
Linda Atkins
August 1, 2013
Jana, I am so sorry about Patrick. I liked him when I met him and I thought you to be a lucky woman! He was very personable and kind. Both of you will be in my book as people I have encountered that I really admired! I hope you take comfort in your memories and you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Patti Everett
Patti Everett
August 1, 2013
I think that everyone who knew Mr. Campbell will say that he will be greatly missed. He always had people laughing, or was sharing his infinite wisdom, the world has lost a great man. Rest in peace.
Chris Leturno
July 31, 2013
Pat was a one of a kind gentleman, and made everybody around him feel special with a welcoming smile. We will truly miss you Mr. Campbell.
Joe Gorski
July 30, 2013
Tricia.......So sorry to hear the loss of your Dad. Please know my thoughts are with you and your family at this time in the valley. May God comfort you and give you strength to endure the days ahead. Always remember....those we love, never go away. They walk beside us every day......unseen, unheard....but always near. Still loved and missed and very dear. May your memories be forever etched in your heart.
Ellen Cooper
July 30, 2013
We are holding you all in our hearts at this time of sadness.
Karen Cronian Hurley
July 30, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Pat Mouton
July 30, 2013
Pat we will miss your laughter, great stories and true leadership. Thanks for the mentoring, guidance and the wealth of knowledge you shared. Your door was always open to me. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Ms. Jana and the entire family.
Larry & Melanie Nixon
July 29, 2013
Mr. Pat was a great man full of wisdom and knowledge. He made such a big impact on so many people and I am truly honored to have met him. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
Petra Cox
July 29, 2013
Mike, your brother sounds like a wonderful man. Wish we could have met him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love JoSam and Nancy
Joe Samarripas
July 29, 2013
Pat was truly a leader and a wonderful gentleman. Mike,Kevin and Maureen I know you are going to miss him deeply as will Jana and the kids. Mine and Sheryl's thoughts and prayers are with you all! Love to you all! Greg Gallion
Greg Gallion
July 29, 2013
was truly a great boss
Roger Trahan
July 29, 2013
Our deepest sympathies for all family members, Mr. Pat will be surely be missed by everyone.
Ross & Linda Anson
Ross & Linda Anson
July 29, 2013
I know Pat impacted my life as no other in the 15 years I was blessed to know him, he will be greatly missed but never forgotten. I pray that the lord blesses and covers Jana and the Campbell family with the peace and comfort of the Holy Spirit.
Robert Jaynes
July 29, 2013
May God bless your entire family . I only met him a couple times but he left an impression on me
Ron Kellen
July 28, 2013
July 28, 2013
Pat was truly a working mans friend and mentor. Always giving an encouraging word and meeting you with a handshake and a smile. It was an honor to know him and call him friend and brother as a fellow Shriner. He will be greatly missed. Godspeed! My prayers go out to his family.
Larry Woodcock
July 28, 2013
Pat was a wonderful friend, leader & mentor, he will never be forgotten.
F. Bruno De la mata
July 28, 2013
I've known Mr. Campbell for over a decade and he was always a very kind, and caring gentleman. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends during this difficult time.
Scott Dingman
July 28, 2013
Thanks for everything, Good Job Pal
Kevin Campbell
July 28, 2013
Pat Campbell was the one and only I most respected throughout my friendship with him and his family for 41 years. Never can put a limit to how much he wants to help people in every manor. May God take him to heaven? Great person he was.
Hameed Salman
July 28, 2013
A man of vision and genius in the oilfield that has improved the lives of millions around the world. He will be greatly missed.
Sherry Cardinal
July 28, 2013
The life of one we love is never lost; its influence goes on through all the lives he ever touched.

You're loving friends.
Jim & Lucille Bragg
July 28, 2013
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