MANILA, Utah – Allen Ray Campbell, 68, died at his home, in Manila, Utah, on July 19, following a lengthy illness.
He was born June, 2, 1949, in Rock Springs to Gene and June Campbell. Raised on his family’s ranch, he attended schools and graduated from Manila High School in 1967. He married his high school sweetheart, Mari Gean Ruble on Nov. 22, 1968. He received a bachelor of science degree from Weber State University in criminal justice. He began his career in law enforcement with the University of Utah Police Department and quickly rose to the rank of lieutenant.
In 1978, Allen and Mari moved their young family back to their hometown of Manila. A lifelong carpenter, Allen built the house they would call home. In 1980, he began working at Texasgulf (FMC Granger), in Granger until they closed in 2001. He spent two seasons working for the Forest Service before he was elected Sheriff of Daggett County in 2002. He served one term and retired from law enforcement.
Allen was an avid golfer. He loved watching sports and drove the school activity bus in order to attend away games. He loved boating, fishing, turkey hunting and spending time with family in the mountains of Daggett County. He was a founding member of the Daggett County Water District and a member of the Lion’s Club. He spent his retirement tending his beautiful yard, woodworking, and spending time with grandchildren.
Allen was known for his work ethic, compassion, generosity and sense of humor. Those that knew him will miss his strength of character and wisdom.
He is survived by his wife, Mari; daughter, Kelly Campbell (Clint Riley) of Benbrook, Texas; son, Jesse (Rebecca) Campbell of Haslet, Texas; daughter, Melissa (Mike) Scott of Mountain View; and son, Russell (Jessica) Campbell of Manila, Utah; eight grandchildren: Cody, Courtney and Caitlyn Campbell; Wyatt, Ashton and Addi Walk; and Tanner and Peyton Campbell; his brother, Gary (Carol), Campbell; sister, Bonnie (Ed) Jordan; brothers-in-law; Ray and Daniel Ruble; and 15 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gene and June Campbell; parents-in-law, Eugene and Mary Ruble; sister, Gaylene Campbell; and niece, Katie Sue Ruble.
Friends and family are welcome to share in a celebration of life at Allen and Mari Campbell’s home on Saturday, July 22, anytime between 10 a.m. and noon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Good Shepherd Home Care and Hospice in Vernal, Utah.
Arrangements under the direction of Fox Funeral Home, Rock Springs. Condolences for family can be left at www.foxfh.com.