Emilio Campos

Emilio Gonzales Campos

Tuesday, September 14th, 1943 - Tuesday, December 31st, 2019
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Emilio G. Campos passed away in his home during the early hours of December 31, 2019. He was 76 years old. Emilio was born in a small town of Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico to Eusebio and Josefina Campos.

As the family grew, Emilio became a sibling to 6 brothers and 3 sisters: Elias, Elvira, David (and predeceased twin sister), Chevo, Ralph, Alice, Pepe, Marty and Rose. He is predeceased by Elias, Elvira, David and their parents. He is survived by: his wife of 34 years, Jody; his siblings: Chevo, Ralph, Alice Rodriguez, Pepe, Marty and Rose Arebalo; his three children: Randy, Tim, Danielle; 5 grandchildren: twins Autumn&Brittany, Cody, Gabriel, Blake; and 4 great-grandchildren. Plus, nieces and nephews, too numerous to name, but who adored their Uncle Emilio and he, them.

Emilio served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1966. Upon his discharge, he knew the Army was not his coveted career but he did appreciate how much it disciplined him and honed his work ethics. Additionally, he enjoyed a wee taste of the world via Spain and Germany, but he lamented that it was a taste that would never be satiated during his lifetime.

Emilio was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and brother, a good provider who was well-respected for his generosity, spirituality, and steady disposition. Emilio adored children, the little creatures full of love and laughter who adorned his life for 50+ years. He easily would have been happy with 6 kids and countless grandbabies!

Emilio came from humble beginnings but that never deterred him from pursuing his various interests/passions. He marveled at the wisdom and precision of God's creation, from the depths of the earth to the heavens, to the human mind/body to the animal kingdom. He understood the words of Psalms 104:24, “How many your works are, O Jehovah! You have made all of them in wisdom. The earth is full of what you have made.” This love of creation evolved into mastery over envious flower and vegetable gardens, along with a recreational diet of Planet Earth documentaries and National Geographic magazines! He did whatever he could to get his hands in the soil!

Emilio earned a living working as a transmission mechanic for 35+ years, starting in his basement and graduating to owner/operations of E&M Transmission with his brother Marty. He employed some family members who considerately stayed by his side through thick and thin. In 2004, he traded his air drill for a sewing machine and learned to reupholster restaurant seating. It was an easy transition for him and served him well for 16 years until his full retirement in October, 2019.

Emilio had such affection for the sea and all that it offered. Fresh water-salt water, it didn't matter where, as long as he had a pole in his hand! That passion led him to many trips to Colorado's Jefferson and Red Feather Lakes to the rich seas of Mexico.

His Latin dance moves were legendary. During his 20's+30's, he'd been known to take over the dance floor at local clubs, effortlessly showing off his paso doble, mambo, samba, rumba, and everything dance.
He enjoyed and excelled at cooking, concentrating on the Old Mexico recipes of his Mama.
His “mild” competitive side showed up during horseshoes-pinochle-cribbage-Scrabble-Pool. He couldn't help it. He was that good. Just ask any of his opponents!
He competed at neighborhood bars, fixating a keen eye on the pool table. He would often win the cash needed for weekend fun and endured the occasional “misunderstanding” involving a sore loser with the intensity of Mike Tyson!
Emilio, being a man of few words, preferred listening..To funk, blues and jazz. He passed his love of music along to his kids, escorting Danielle to music festivals, concerts, clubs and his shop on a Saturday afternoon, CD's blaring!
Emilio was reserved, an avid reader often getting lost in meditation, and f-u-n-n-y. He had a great sense of humor, delivering his own sly brand of real-life humor, at times punctuated with eyes of mischief and word acrobatics!

Emilio's many outside interests were trumped by his true purpose in life when he dedicated his life to God as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in the 70's. He loved his God Jehovah and showed it with his love of the ministry. He did it well. People were attracted to his humble yet confident expressions quoting from the Bible, telling any who would listen about God's Kingdom, a promised future that included a paradise earth, and a resurrection to life into a world with no sickness, no death. It was having this hope, having constant love for Jehovah and witnessing His goodness, that helped him get through the last precious months of his life. (Revelation 21:4,5, “...he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain...Look, I am making all things new.”)

Family and friends whose lives Emilio touched are invited to his memorial service on Saturday, January 25, 2020, 2:30 p.m., at the Sunset Park Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1531 Vista View Dr., Longmont, Colorado, 80501. Reception following.
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    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 | 2:30pm
    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 2:30pm
    Sunset Park Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses
    1531 Vista View Drive
    Longmont, Colorado 80501
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    Reception following service.
  • Reception

    Bella Rosa Golf Course
    5830 Bella Rosa Parkway
    Frederick, Colorado 80504
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Jen Hale

Posted at 08:27pm
Emillio holds a dear space in my heart for several reasons, but mainly because he took time from his personal life to study the Bible with my daddy. He was such a kind patient person, putting up with my father's quirky personality. Maybe he will continue their bible study together after they are both resurrected. He touched many hearts, dearEmillio, more than he probably realized . 🥰

Jody Posted at 01:12am

Jenny, Robin, Kara: Emilio highly respected your Dad and embraced his quirkiness, (as you call it.) Emilio thought of it more as an extension of Rich's genius and interesting, fulfilled life. He loved studying with your Dad. It was a thoughtful discussion that continued to interest Emilio at the way he looked at things. Rich's self-taught Spanish wasn't too bad either! I'm sure they'll enjoy reconnecting. Thanks for sharing. Jody

Adele Arnbrecht

Posted at 12:47pm
Randy and Tim, I'm so very sorry about your dad.
He was a wonderful man, with a big heart.
I always appreciated the help he'd give my dad whenever he needed it.
Adele Arnbrecht

Helen Gill/Donna Johnson Families

Posted at 02:05pm
To all the family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May Jehovah comfort you during this time of loss. With heartfelt condolences,
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Randolph Campos

Posted at 12:05pm
There are so many... I'm sure going to miss you Dad.........

Patrice Powell

Posted at 11:19am
My daughter and I went to the same congregation with Emilio and his family in the early 70’s. He helped me many times to keep my rattle trap vehicles running. Within 3 months of my move to Greeley, my car just stopped. Per usual, I called Emilio and he thought it was the transmission. He told me the cost, and with deep regret I said thank you but I have no money. He asked if I still had AAA for towing which I did. He asked me to send the car up and we would work on payments later. It was heartwarming to see his concern for us in our time of need. You see, he had his own family to support and it wasn’t without sacrifice for him to help. He was a great example for my daughter whose own father abandoned her to see how a real loving Christian man cares for those less fortunate. I will always remember him as a kind, fair and loving father. He was a dear friend. DeDee Donnell

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