WALDOBORO – Donald C. Campbell, 56, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, on the island of Matinicus. He was born Nov. 16, 1954, in Damariscotta, son of Clyde and Ada Smalley Campbell.
He grew up in Waldoboro and attended local schools and was a graduate of Medomak Valley High School, class of 1973. After high school he joined the U.S. Army, where he served for 21 years, serving seven and a half months in the Persian Gulf during Desert Storm, retiring in 1993. While with the Army he met and married his wife, Robyn, in 1982. The couple settled in Savannah, Ga., and then to Fort Riley and then to Germany, where they had their daughter, Beth, in 1992. After retiring from the Army the family moved to Maine. From a very young age Don wanted nothing more than to fly like his father who was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. At the age of 16 he had his shirttail cut, a ritual performed after successful completion of a pilot’s first solo flight. After that the sky was the limit. After retiring from the Army, Don received his private pilot’s license and then eventually his commercial pilot’s license working for Penobscot Island Air, where he would fly charters to and from Matinicus. When he wasn’t flying he could usually be found at the hangers with his friends of Knox County Flying Club, especially with his good friends, Dan and Dick. Or he could be found on his Harley-Davidson Electra Glide riding with the Star Club, Portland. He was a family man and loved spending time with them. He will be forever loved and greatly missed.
Survivors include his loving wife of 28 years, Robyn Campbell of Waldoboro; daughter, Beth Campbell of Waldoboro; parents, Clyde and Ada Campbell of Waldoboro; brothers-in-law, Larry Hall and his wife, Lynn, of Rincon, Ga., and Tommy Hall and his wife, Cara, of Garden City, Ga.; sisters-in-law, Barbara Bowles of Rincon, Ga., and Kathy Allred of Bloomingdale, Ga.; and his beloved golden retriever, Cali.
A time of visitation for friends and family will be held 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St., Waldoboro, where a celebration of his life will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, with Pastor Jean Lawrence officiating. Burial will be afterward at Seiders Cemetery, Waldoboro. Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 949 Main St., Waldoboro. You are invited to share your condolences, memories and photos with the family by visiting their Book of Memories at