Mark G. Campbell
Mark G. Campbell 67, a resident of Shasta Lake City, CA, passed away surrounded with family and love on December 20, at Shasta Regional Medical Center. Mark fought a battle against cancer he could not overcome.
Mark is preceded in death by his father Gilford Campbell, mother Georgia Campbell, and sister Christine Campbell. He is survived by his wife of 47 years Jan Campbell, his daughter Amber Dunlap, her husband Thomas Wyrick, grandson Layton Dunlap, granddaughter Crosby Dunlap, daughter Renee Back, her husband Jason Back, grandson Jacob Back, and granddaughter Kaysie Back, brother Rodney Campbell, his wife Barbara, brother Barry Campbell, his wife Mari, brother Kevin Campbell, brother Matt Campbell, and sister Emily Shaw. All of whom will miss him dearly.
Mark was born in Santa Barbara, CA on August 28th, 1951. He attended schools in Santa Barbara where he graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1969. In 1971, Mark met Jan in Santa Barbara and by 1976 they started a family. Amber and Renee, twins, were born in February of 1976, these three ladies were the light of Mark’s life.
Mark, Jan and the girls lived in Lompoc, CA, where Mark was a construction worker by trade, until 1988 when they relocated to Redding, CA. Mark decided to pursue a career as an Architectural Draftsman. His love of architecture and numbers led him to go further and work as an HVAC Engineer where he worked with ME Systems Engineering until 1997, when he had to leave due to health issues.
In December 1990, Mark and Jan bought a home in Shasta Lake City, where Jan will reside with her beloved dog, Zippy.
In 1996, Mark was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Mark waited on the heart transplant list at home, and in the hospital, for three and a half years, until he finally received a match. In June of 1999, he received a heart transplant. Due to the generosity of a complete stranger, Mark was able to spend the next 19 years with his family. Being able to see his daughters become married and start families of their own, was the greatest gift anyone could have given us all.
Mark was nicknamed the “Comeback Kid” due to all of the health issues he had overcome. No one has ever fought harder than our Comeback Kid. Mark will be missed more than imaginable. He was the biggest supporter of his grandchildren whether it was sports, education, or hobbies. Mark insisted each one of the grandchildren call and give him an update after every event. This is what kept Mark’s will to overcome illness so strong for so long.
RIP Mark – Husband, Dad and Pop, we love you with all of our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to www.donatelife.net, in honor of Mark Campbell.