Charles Skye Campbell 1974-2005

Skye grew up in Santa Barbara. Kind,
intelligent, artistic, and adventurous, he loved animals and
nature. A surfer and skateboarder, Skye played soccer and guitar.
At middle school graduation, he was named “peacemaker.” In high
school, Skye excelled in art, writing, science, and geometry. His
senior year, he accidentally drove over a cliff but miraculously

Charles Skye Campbell 1974-2006

When he was 18, Skye fell from a water tower in Bali, hitting
his head and fracturing his spine. He was paralyzed, but with
intense work he relearned how to walk and use his hands. Amazingly,
he was able to bike, skateboard, play guitar, write, draw, paint, take classes, travel, and one time, fly a light airplane. But
serious aftereffects of the fall made life extremely challenging.
In daunting circumstances, including loss, pain, spiritual
travails, and eventually addiction, Skye kept his equanimity,
humor, and hopefulness. Skye was brave, artistic, generous, and

Putting great effort into recovery, Skye went to A Spiritual
Abode in Santa Maria and later attended Moorpark College. In
January 2005, he moved to Santa Cruz. He loved the redwood forest,
the beach, and the people. That February, he went missing. On
January 15, 2006, his skeletal remains were found in the redwoods.
Friends gathered there with his family on his birthday, January 21.
In February, a memorial was held at Trinity Episcopal Church in
Santa Barbara with a Medicine Circle and Irish Ceilidh. He is
survived by his sisters Heather and Danae, parents John and Anna
Campbell, and many friends. Skye, we love you always.


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