The Obit For Lou Campos

Louis Campos

Published in El Paso Times from October 6 to October 13, 2012

Louis Ludvic Campos, born and raised in the heart of the French Quarter of New Orleans, went to be with God on October 2nd.

He leaves behind his beautiful wife of 57 years, Gloria Escobedo Campos; a brother, Celestino "Frenchie" Campos, of Metairie, LA; six children (Deborah Kuethe of Clint, TX; Louis K. "Skip" Campos and wife, Nancy Napheys, of Bernalillo, NM; Glenn M. and Erika Campos of Santa Fe, NM; Lee C. and Cara Campos of Califon, NJ; Carol E. Campos and husband, Doug Mehaffey, of Portland, OR; and Carla M. Campos of Austin, TX); as well as twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

His adoring family felt his loving strength and decency every day of his life. He never knew a stranger and was a good friend and a coach to many, loved a good story, and always, a good laugh.

His early years in New Orleans were filled with a focus on education and sports, the roots to his lasting lifetime contribution to those around him.

Recruited to play college football from St. Aloysius High School, he achieved college Hall of Fame status at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA.

After completing college, he played baseball professionally for a number of teams including the Lafayette Bulls of the Evangeline League, but was soon drafted as an officer to the US Army Artillery during the Korean War and was stationed in El Paso, TX. There he met his best friend, Hotel Dieu nurse and love of his life, Gloria, and they married in 1955.

After serving as an Army 1st Lieutenant, he resumed his passion for sports as a coach and educator, setting thousands of young lives on course for a positive future. He taught and coached football and baseball at Cathedral, Irvin, and Andress High Schools before joining the staff at Region 19 and finishing his career at Eastwood High.

He served with Boys Baseball of El Paso for 37 years and was inducted into the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002. He also served on the El Paso Teachers Federal Credit Union Board in various capacities for over 35 years.

He was awarded dozens of accolades, trophies, and honors, but he was most proud of his children and grandchildren, and most motivated by the letters he received from the kids he taught over the years, many needing an experienced mentor and the guidance and wisdom of a strong and stable role model.

Services will be held on Friday, October 12th at 2:30 pm at St. Patrick's Cathedral, 1118 N. Mesa St. with a reception immediately following at Cathedral High School, 1309 N. Stanton St.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to the "Los Que Van Quedando" Scholarship Fund at Cathedral High School (or through the Cathedral website http://cathedral-elpaso.org).