Dolan Alton Campbell, a longtime resident of Thatcher, peacefully entered into rest Wednesday morning, March 8, 2017, at his residence. He was 89.
Dolan was born April 20, 1927 in Clifton to Albert Nolan “Rowdy” Campbell and Margie Lois Campbell (née White).
Dolan grew up in the Gila River Valley town of Sheldon and at the age of 18 met the love of his life, Damaris Marie Brown, and they married on April 4, 1947. While Dolan worked at the Morenci Mine, they built a family and had three children.
As the family grew up Dolan struck out on his own turning his hand to mining, home building to name just a few occupations and even worked as Mayor of Duncan until his bride convinced him to purchase a mobile home park and move to Thatcher.
One of Dolan’s great gifts was as a machinist, he loved the process of shaping a piece of metal into whatever he wanted.
Dolan had a lifelong commitment to the Masonic Order and the Shriners.
Dolan loved giving a life of service and charity through various originations including Rotary, SEACUS and as a member of the First United Methodist Church of Safford.
Dolan is survived by: his children, Terry Jean Jacklin, Steven Doran Campbell and Grant Lee Campbell; and his sister, Vernis Shephard. Dolan was preceded in death by: his parents Albert and Lois; his wife, Damaris; a brother Alvin Lee; his twin brother, Doran Afton, and grandson, Jacob Jacklin.
Funeral services for Dolan will be conducted Monday morning, March 13, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church of Safford by Pastor Bob Gilfert. Concluding services will follow at 2:30 p.m., at the Sheldon Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Sunday evening, March 12, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at the Vining Funeral Home and Monday morning from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church of Safford.
Arrangements are entrusted to Vining Funeral Home.