Campbell dies unexpectedly

Campbell left no will, and had no life insurance. “We’re not sure what will happen with the house,” said Boss. “He owes about $155,000 on it. We’re just now going through his bills. The kids have [medical] insurance. Gracie’s [Campbell’s oldest daughter] insurance is very expensive. It could be an issue [in the future].” Pat and Jan Boss have established a fund to support the Campbell children, “The Campbell Kids Fund.” Donations may be sent to The Campbell Kids Fund/Jan Boss, P.O. Box 3410, Idyllwild, CA 92549, or deposited into an account set up for the children at Guaranty Bank.

The community is still numb from the shock of Campbell’s untimely passing. Tributes to Campbell are being posted on FaceBook. San Jacinto District Ranger Laurie Rosenthal, with whom Campbell worked, said, “He brought out the best in people. He certainly brought out the best in me.” Chris Singer, head of the Idyllwild Community Recreation Council, for whom Campbell ran Town Hall Recreation said, “Jim Campbell was one of the happiest, most up-beat people I’ve ever known. Nothing could really get him down. And most of all he was a great dad. He absolutely adored his children and his job as a dad. I’m proud to have been his friend.”

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Town Hall followed by a luncheon. “It will have some of the tradition of a wake, with food, music, maybe some Irish dancing, and Rolling Rock beer [served outside because of Town Hall restrictions],” said Boss.

Perhaps the most fitting quote about Jimmy was one of his own, remembered by Boss. “Always love and pay attention to your kids. They are the foundation of your being.”

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