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Gilbert N.  Campbell
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Gilbert N. Campbell

Gilbert Neal Campbell ,88, of Santa Maria, CA passed away on March 3, 2018. Gilbert was born in Weed, New Mexico on November 19, 1929 to William S. Campbell and Nettie Flo Watkins. He moved with his family to Santa Barbara when he was 12 years old where he attended Santa Barbara High School where he was a star football player. After he graduated from high school he joined the U.S. Navy where he served in Alaska and Guam. After the military, he worked for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department before opening his own gas station in Goleta. He sold his gas station to join the International Brotherhood of Electricians (IBEW) where he worked for 30 years starting as a journeyman and eventually working his way up to general foreman until he retired in 1993.

Gil loved hunting, fishing and gardening. He and his wife, Janet Campbell, built two homes together and remodeled their current home. Gil could do almost anything with houses and cars. He would always help family, friends and neighbors with electrical or house related problems. Gil loved to barbeque. His favorite is Santa Maria Style BBQ which he did as often as he could.

Gil is survived by his wife of 37 years, Janet Campbell. He is also survived by his 4 sons, Rick, Geri, Rhod, and Michael Campbell; six grandchildren; two sisters, Norma Jean Pressley and family of Santa Ynez and Marilyn Pellot and family of Colorado; nephew, John Hotchkiss and family of Santa Maria, Charlie Meraviglia and family of Goleta. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews of Redding, CA.

Gilbert was proceeded in death by his parents William S. Campbell and Nettie Flo Watkins; brother, Rex Campbell; sisters Jodie Lane and Kathleen Hotchkiss.

A memorial celebration of Gilbert’s life will be held on Thursday, March 15 at 2:00 PM at Dudley Hoffman Mortuary. A reception will follow immediately at the Lake Marie Valley Club at 2327 Fallen Leaf Drive, Santa Maria, CA.

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