Kay Campbell

May 23, 1939 — July 14, 2017

Kay Campbell

Floyd "Kay" Campbell was born on 23 May 1939 at his grandmother's home in Roosevelt, Utah. He is the oldest of four children born to Floyd Jay and Iris Roberts Campbell. Kay passed away Friday, 14 July at his home in St. George, Utah after several month of a lingering illness. Kay grew up in Maeser where he participated in all the activities that kept kids busy in the 40's and 50's (riding bikes, fishing, hunting and exploring). He had many opportunities to go to the High Uinta's on scout fishing/horseback trips with his dad and neighbor, Lynn Hall. He was active in scouting and enjoyed sports, camping and service activities. Camping trips with his family were a favorite and a big deal, he was always happy to head to the mountain. The smell of fish frying on an open fire and dutch oven potatoes were a favorite memory. Kay graduated from Uintah High School in 1957 and entered service in the Vernal National Guard, were he was a cook. His unit was later called into active duty during the Cuban Missile Crises of 1961. Kay always talked of marrying someone smart, so when he met a pretty red-head who came to Vernal as the high school P. E. teacher, he knew she was the one. They were married 20 August 1960. Their son Kevin was born in June of 1963 and daughter Carrie was born in November 1964. Within a few years they moved to Logan, where Pat was from. Kay worked for Utah State University in the maintenance department. Eventually he decided he wanted to get his plumbing license, so he came back to Vernal and worked with his dad for three months to get some experience before taking the state board exams. When he got his plumbing license he moved his family back to Vernal. He joined his dad in the Campbell Plumbing business, where they had a highly successful career. It was a happy time for both Kay and his dad- father and son working together as equals. Kay's son, Kevin went into the business after his dad retired. Kay was always the life of the party. He loved to reminisce and his stories were told with lots of laughter and love. Kay was always self-assured and happy-go-lucky! Life was made for him, like none other, and he loved living it! He usually had the world by the tail and was giving it a whirl. He did very well in life. He's always had a deep abiding love for his family. Kay was very active in the Vernal Rod and Gun Club. He served for 20+ years on the Board of Directors and served 2 different terms, of one year each, as President. He and his son, Kevin competed in Trap Shooting and in 1979 their team came in 2nd in the State Tournament, another Vernal team took 1st place. Both teams traveled to Vandalia, Ohio to compete in the Grand American Trap Shoot. Kay was an active member of the Vernal Elks Lodge # 2375, before moving from the area. Pat died on 14 March 1991 of cancer, a disease that would eventually take both of her children also. Kevin died on 28 November 2010, and Carrie died on 24 May, 2014. He was elected and serve one term on the Uintah School Board. Eventually Kay found love and companionship in his friendship with Bonnie Jenkins Millecam. They have been together happily for the past 26 years. They each had a home in Vernal and bought a home together in Mesquite, Nevada and would spend time there and in Vernal as the mood struck them. Eventually they sold the plumbing business and their properties in Vernal and Mesquite and settled in St. George, Utah with their cat, Heidi. Kay was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Patricia; his son, Kevin; and daughter, Carrie. He is survived by Bonnie Millecam; brother, Jay Var (Marcia); sisters, Pama (Robert) Freestone; Vicki (Dwayne) Merrill. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, 19 July 2017 at 11 a.m. at Blackburn Funeral Home, Viewing 1 hour prior to services. Burial will be in the Vernal Memorial Park. The family gives a special expression of appreciation to all who have been near and dear to Kay throughout his life.
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