Harold 'Jeff' Campbell


Posted: Monday, December 10, 2007

Former Douglas resident Harold Geoffery "Jeff" Campbell died Oct. 30, 2007. He was 53.

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Born Aug. 7, 1954, in Fort Lawson, Wash., to Clifford and Margaret Ellis Edwards Campbell, he lived in Seattle, Wash., Quinter, Kan., and Eagle River. He was Kaagwaantann (wolf) of the Box House of Sitka.

He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in American Indian studies from the University of Washington and a master's degree in teaching, focusing on Native American learners, from Evergreen State College in 2000.

He was a commercial truck driver, teacher, carver, artist and member of the Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 87, of Anchorage. He also was a Sealaska and Goldbelt shareholder.

He carved totem poles, masks, paddles, bentwood boxes and Tlingit regalia. He created designs for regalia, fine prints, T-shirts and logos. He sold his work throughout the Pacific Rim at Native events.

He joined the Kuteeyaa Dancers in Seattle during the early 1990s and was a big part of the dance group. He was always anxious to learn more about the Tlingit culture, his family said. He was a member of the Anchorage Crew and Sleeping Lady dance groups.

He volunteered to teach formline drawing, Tlingit language and culture during the Southeast Family Culture nights. He also enjoyed fishing on the Kenai River.

His family said he was patient, giving and helpful to all he touched during his life.

His grandparents were Jack Rogan Ellis and Emma Johnson Ellis, of Yakutat. Their children were Margaret, John, Lilly and Violet Ellis.

He is survived by his siblings, Beatrice Gee, Alice Campbell, Clifford "Al" Campbell and Margery Ann McCracken; nieces and nephews, Kathleen Lyon, Pamela Creighton, Christine Walden, Michael Campbell and Christopher McCracken; uncle, George Ramos; aunts, Elaine Abraham, Leeann "Leona" Ellis Paul, Virginia Ellis Scott and Mary Jones; and cousins, George Jr., Charmaine, David and Judy Ramos, and Ron Paul.

Services were Sunday at Evergreen State College.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wells Fargo, account 3752584049. Arrangements were made with Cremation Society of Alaska.

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