ATASCADERO — Richard Ortega Campas, 77, an Atascadero artist died on Jan. 10, 2013.
Richard was the son of Cristobal and Clarinda Campas and was the youngest of seven children. He has joined them all in heaven and is survived by his 90-year-old sister, Tilly, who still lives in El Centro.
He was the father of three children, Cynthia, Christina, and Richie, and he lived with them in Santa Maria. He also was the step-father to April and Benji Howard where the family was active in the Four Square church in Atascadero where he led the Royal Rangers.
In 1993 he met and married the love of his life, Debby Bebeau, at North County Christian Fellowship where they have been active members for more than 20 years. He joined her family of two sons, Jesstin then age 9 and Travis age 7. Debby had asked him to make announcements about the North County Christian Singles and invited him to come join in the fun. Debby said she “fell in love” at a Hoe Down with the Singles Group, when she saw what a great dancer he was. After their marriage she and her parents convinced him to take Square Dancing lessons. They eventually joined the “Pismo’s ‘n Taw’s” square dancing club. They enjoyed several years of Square Dancing with their dear friends Doug and Tami McColl before his illness of Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Richard was a devoted father. He became an assistant Scout Master for Troop 155 and actively participated in all scout events where the boys became Eagle Scouts. He enjoyed assisting in youth football and he followed Jesstin through state championship wrestling.
Richard was a hard working young man. He always joked about as a boy, his first job was being a “gopher catcher” — he got five cents a tail. However, he also worked at the sugar factories and in the oil fields before making an auto mechanic his career. He was a hard working loyal employee for what is now known as Mullahey Ford in Arroyo Grande for 26 years.
Richard was a very proud Army veteran. Against his mothers wishes he followed his two older brothers into serving his country just at the end of the Korean War in Germany as a gunner. When he semi-retired he was then able to express the love of his country and honor the veterans through his new found passion. He believed that his pencil drawings give the vets their due honor. He enjoyed participating in local craft fairs and air shows. He made a gift of his Limited Edition drawing of 9/11 and Pearl Harbor to President George Bush.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Debby, who will miss him dearly, and many other relatives and friends.
A visitation will be held at Chapel of the Roses Mortuary on Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A graveside service with military honors will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the Atascadero District Cemetery. A celebration of Richard’s life will be held on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. at North County Christian Fellowship in Paso Robles.
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