Steven B. Campbell
Steven Bruce Campbell, 64, died on June 25, 2018, with his grandson Sam at his side. He was born on March 1, 1954, in Boise, Idaho, to Bruce and Carole Campbell. He was the oldest of eight children and grew up on Boise’s south bench, attending Hawthorne Elementary and South Junior High.
When he was 14, his family moved to a farm in Meridian, Idaho, where Steve milked cows and hauled hay for his dad and other farmers. In the fall seasons, he hunted doves and pheasants. He participated in the Boy Scout program and received his Eagle Scout award. He enjoyed playing basketball and softball, and he lettered in cross country at Meridian High School.
On his eighteenth birthday, he asked Margaret Moon out on a first date. Throughout the next four years they would date or write to each other while Steve pursued college at Brigham Young University and then a two-year church mission to the California Los Angeles Mission. Six months after he returned, he and Margaret were married in the Ogden Utah Temple on February 18, 1976.
Steve and Margaret have four children: two sons, Aaron and Matthew, and two daughters, Jenny and Stephanie. He loved playing with his children. He was a great jokester, telling long drawn out jokes with silly punch lines. He instigated wrestling matches, marshmallow gun fights, water fights, and silly songs. His family was the most important thing to him. He took them camping, hiking, and fishing. Later, when grandchildren first started coming into the family, he continued traditions of play and took them to caves, sand dunes, and hikes. He loved the mountains, the ocean, and nature.
Steve was hard working and industrious. In grade school, he and his brother Tim collected worms to sell to anglers. With his proceeds, Steve bought a shotgun when he was 12. During high school and college, he earned money by moving sprinkler pipe, hauling hay, milking cows, bussing restaurant tables, and doing janitorial work.
After marriage, Steve managed a retail store, developed and served a client base as a certified financial planner, and worked for the phone company as a DSL tech. For nine years, he went to college and sold real estate part time as he worked full time.
Steve enjoyed working with wood. He made grandfather clocks, cedar chests, and various items that Margaret Tole painted. He loved music. He played several brass instruments in high school and later the bugle for scout activities. He sang in quartets and church choirs and made up songs on the piano. He was a self-taught magician and put on magic shows for Cub Scout activities and did card tricks for anyone who would watch. He loved motorcycles and riding with his friends. He was a gardener of lawn, vegetables, and flowers. He had large beds of irises and was always looking out for new varieties.
Steve was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was twelve years old. However, he never let chronic illness hold him back. Three months after having a kidney pancreas transplant, he hiked trails in Zion’s National Park, and one year later he climbed to the top of Angels Landing, a trail known for its steep terrain and spectacular views. After his transplant and a broken ankle, he agreed to be a Scoutmaster at age 54. During the past three years, he practiced unwavering hope and determination to fight the cancer that eventually took his life.
Steve was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various leadership positions for general congregations and youth programs. As a counselor under two bishops, he oversaw programs that administered to the welfare of members. He also served in a broader administrative capacity for ten congregations as a high councilor. He most loved teaching, especially youth, and sprinkled his teaching with interesting stories and object lessons.
Steve volunteered in the Boy Scout program as a varsity coach and Scoutmaster. He was asked to be Scoutmaster three times for five years each. He planned weekly activities that taught life skills to dozens of young men. He took scouts on more than 120 camp outs and 15 week-long scout camps. Many scouts earned their Eagle Scout award under his encouragement, including his two sons and grandson Sam. He loved the scouts that he served and developed life-long relationships with them.
Steve served others. He was quick to jump out of his car and administer first aid or help a stranger in need. He worked countless hours raising funds for scouts, shoveling sidewalks, and grooming others’ yards. He coached more than 30 teams in youth soccer, basketball, and baseball.
Steve is survived by his wife, Margaret (Moon), his two sons Aaron (and Diane) Korngiebel (Seattle, WA) and Matthew (and Andrea) Campbell (Iona, ID), his two daughters Jenny (and Vern) Rogers (Clinton, UT), and Stephanie Haley (and Spencer Buster) (Meridian, ID) and nine grandchildren: Sam and Athena Campbell, Josh and Zach Howard and Andrew, Brady, and Jacob Campbell, and Loni and Reef Rogers.
Also surviving him are his father, Bruce Campbell, his sister Linda Mertes, and five brothers: Tim, Rick, Dan, Joel, and Eric Campbell; his mother-in-law MaryLou Moon, his brother-in-law Kyle Moon, and four sisters-in-law: Toni Chambers, Carrie Montague, Connie Erickson, and Tess Pyrah.
He was preceded in death by his mother and his brother David, and his father-in-law Don Moon.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, on Friday, June 29, 2018, at Bowman Funeral Parlor, 10254 W. Carlton Bay Dr. in Garden City. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, on Saturday, June 30, 2018, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7200 Duncan Ln. in Boise, with visitation at the church beginning at 10:00 am.
A private committal will take place at Dry Creek Cemetery in Boise.