Vernon Richard Campbell
8/3/1927 - 3/4/2013
March 7, 2013
Vernon R. Campbell, age 85, went home to be with His Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ on March 4, 2013.
Vernon was born in Safford, AZ and grew up on the San Carlos reservation.
He graduated from Globe High School in 1945. He went directly into the
Navy out of high school and served for two years.
He married Marian Trojanovich in 1947 and they were blessed in marriage
for 65 years. They had an extraordinary love for one another and Jesus
Christ. They loved baseball, the outdoors, hunting, dancing, and most
of all their family. He also loved to help his son Richard work on his
race cars and was the "pit crew." Unbeknownst to his lovely
wife he actually raced in one "heat."
Vernon was a gifted baseball player and played professional baseball in
the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers farm system. He won the 1951
batting championship in the Class A Pioneer League. He always had a song
on his heart and you could always hear him whistling his favorite songs
throughout the day.
Vernon's favorite job was as a Globe Fireman, where he almost lost his
life in the line of duty. He worked for the fire department for 20 years
and eventually became a State Fire Marshall.
Vernon had a great love and passion for Jesus Christ. He loved to study
the Bible and served as an elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Globe.
He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend to many and
always had many words of encouragement to share. He was a man of integrity
who "walked the talk." He loved to tell stories to family and
friends, and no one ever got tired of hearing them.
His wife, Marian Campbell preceded him in death. He has three surviving
children. A daughter, Terrie Lynn Cubillas; two sons, Don Campbell and
Richard Campbell. Vernon has nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY, Tucson, AZ on Friday,
March 8, 2013. The Viewing will be from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. and the
Service will begin at 2:00 p.m.
A Memorial Service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Globe,
AZ at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2013.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the: Globe
Fire Firefighter Association. The Vern Fund, 175 N. Pine St., Globe AZ
85501. This fund assists families whose homes have been destroyed or damaged
The family would like to thank Amber Lights caregivers and staff for the
incredible love and care he received from them.