John Campbell, of Mesquite, Texas, passed away of December 15, 2022. He was born on March 29, 1930 to parents John P Campbell and Eunice Campell in Scroggins Texas. At his request he will have a small graveside service limited to family in attendance.
He was fondly known as “Bud” by those who knew him. Some of his many accomplishments include State Championships in football and basketball at Mount Vernon High School and making the All-State Basketball team. These exciting days of Bud’s youth can be read in the book “Coach ‘Catfish’ Smith And His Boys” by Glen Onley. He received a basketball scholarship to attend Texas Christian University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in education. He earned his masters in education administration at North Texas University.
Bud coached several high school teams in Texas before transitioning into school administration in Mesquite Texas. He was principal of several schools and accepted the position of opening North Mesquite High School as its principal and the challenges it provided. He enjoyed helping his student body reach their potential including giving many a second chance. He loved his students and his staff. For those who would like to honor him in his life long goal of educating youth, the John ‘Bud’ Campbell Endowment is available; https://www.mesquitefoundation.org/planned-giving/bud-campbell-endowment
He is preceded in death by his parents, John P. Campbell and Eunice Campbell, brother Troy Campbell, twin sister Maureen Campbell Munn, daughter Constance Lynn Campbell, son John Maurice Campbell. He is survived by his loving wife of 72 years Naomi Campbell, daughter Janna Campbell Koenig, son-in-law Bill McNeese; grandchildren Heather Campbell, Bethany McNeese, Becky Campbell Williams (husband Roger), PJ Koenig; great grandchildren Makenzie, Tyler, Sadie, Daniel and Clara; a nephew and nieces.
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