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Cecil Leon Campbell
He was born at home in the Jackfork Mountains of Oklahoma to Annie and Cecil Campbell on May 9, 1931, Leon rode unto the sunset in Benton City, Wash. on June 4, 1912.
He came to Bishop around 1950 where he was employed by Union Carbide. In 1954 he married the love of his life, Betty (Tallon). Leon worked for the schools as a bus driver and custodian, and shod horses. They moved to Washington state in 1979, although his true passion was rodeo.
Among his many accomplishments, Leon was the Nevada Cowboys Assoc. California Roping Champion president of the NCA for several years. He was also a member of several rodeo and roping associations, and throughout his life Leon won numerous saddles, buckles, spurs and tack and other prizes, including the 2000 truck he drove at a roping in Arizona.
Leon returned to Bishop for a while before moving to Fish Lake Valley.
Leon was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Georgia and June; brother, Raymond; and his loving wife of 39 years.
He is survived by his daughter, Ronda; and son, Gary Campbell of Oklahoma; Jeroll Campbell of Nevada; and Lonny Campbell of Bishop; brother, Don Campbell; sisters, Maxcine of New Mexico and Shirley and Mary of Oklahoma; 11 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins and so many friends.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at the VFW Hall on Short Street in Bishop. Leon loved a good story, so those who are planning to attend are asked to come and share their stories and memories of Leon. A potluck will follow.