Norman Colin Campbell of Grand Junction died Oct. 9, 2012, at the Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 85.
He was born June 3, 1927, in Salida to Colin and Luella (Sage) Campbell. He had perfect attendance at Valley View School in Salida where he attended his first eight years of school.
After graduating from Salida High School in 1945 he enlisted in the Army and spent most of his service in Japan during World War II. He then attended Fort Collins Agricultural College and earned his bachelor's degree. He went on to attend the University of Utah and finished his master's program at Western State College.
Mr. Campbell taught at Leadville High School before moving to Irvine, Calif., where he taught horticulture at Tustin High School until he retired in 1987.
He moved to Delta to be closer to his immediate family and to travel and enjoy his hobbies.
He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church for many years, was involved in the Meals on Wheels program and was a lifelong member of the community concert series. He enjoyed traveling, notably to China, most of Europe, Nova Scotia and the 48 contiguous states. He donated a large collection of books to the Delta Public Library and the Delta County School District.
Mr. Campbell is survived by his brother, David Campbell; and his nieces and nephews, Coleen Raftery, Trish McClurg, Bill Campbell and Kelly Drake; and great-nieces and greatnephews.
He was preceded in death by his lifelong partner, Laurence Smith; and his sister, Helen Drake.
A funeral service was held Oct. 12 at the Presbyterian Church of Delta with Rev. Alisa Secrest presiding.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice and Palliative Care Center of the Western Slope or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements were handled by Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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