Mark Campbell, 93, passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of May 9th of cancer. He was born in Seattle, WA, but lived most of his life in Whittier, CA where he and his loving wife, Nell, raised their three daughters.
Mark was a Merchant Marine, in the U.S. Naval Reserve, and served in World War II in the Pacific Theatre. He married the love of his life, Chellie LeNell Livingston, in November of 1943. After the war, received his B.A. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from M.I.T. Mark worked as an aerospace scientist for North American Aviation and Rockwell International from 1951 until his retirement in 1990. He worked on missile and satellite navigation, an automatic fingerprint reader for the FBI, and hardware and software design for the navigation system of the Space Shuttle.
He played the clarinet in a Dixieland Band, loved golf, science fiction, and was becoming a dangerous poker player at family gatherings in his later years. He enjoyed membership in the Huntington Library, the Rockwell IMU group, the First Methodist Church of Whittier M&M group., and all his bridge groups. A model father and family man, we will miss the twinkle in his eye, the laughter, the love and the joy that he brought to all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Nell, and is survived by his three daughters, Chellie, Jane (Dick) Markota, Carole (Lloyd) Wiltfong, five grandchildren Marissa (Max) Alwag, Lindsey (Chris) Poveromo, Robert, Kathryn, and Nick, and three great-grandchildren Maxie, Karalyn, and Derek, all of Southern California.
The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation and thanks to Vitas Hospice, whose caregiving nurses and other helpers made his last days comfortable and eased the transition for all of the family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Vitas Foundation Hospice, 400 W. Ventura Blvd. #145, Camarillo, CA 93010.
A memorial service will be held at Rose Hills, 3888 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, CA on Thursday, May 16th at 11:00 am at the Memorial Chapel. Interment will be private at 10:00 am, prior to the service. A reception will follow the memorial at 12:30 pm at Swiss Park Banquet Center, 1905 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, CA.