Donald Clayton Camp, age 68, of Roswell, NM died peacefully in his home, Wednesday, December 13, 2017. All are welcome to attend a public viewing and visitation 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Saturday, December 16, 2017 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.
Don was born November 3, 1949 in Hobbs, New Mexico to Lloyd and Georgia Camp. He graduated from Lovington High School in 1968. He graduated Stanford University in 1972 with a degree in political science. He then graduated from University of New Mexico with a Bachelor’s of Science in 1978. (Someone couldn’t make their mind up) Don and his wife Margie moved to Roswell in January 1978 for him to do a medical technologist internship. They fell in love with Roswell and never left.
Don worked as a laboratory technologist and managed medical labs for nearly 40 years. He started with Casa de Medicina, and through multiple mergers, he finished working with Kymera Independent Physicians. Don prided himself in running a meticulous lab to produce quality lab work and results for patients and their doctors. He was a perfectionist in the details of everything he did at work or at home.
The same people Don worked with over the years were the specialists and nurses who tended to him. Many thanks to Dr. Khorsand and Dr. Araujo at Kymera Oncology and their chemo staff, Deb, Phil, Amanda, Bessi, and Teresa for their loving care of Don. The nursing staff and ICU staff at ENMMC also gave Don excellent and loving care in the last weeks of his life.
Don’s first love was his wife, and best friend, Margie. He gave her a kiss every morning before he left for work, and kissing her was his first job when he got home. They were best friends. Don and Margie talked about anything and everything, except politics. They wore out the walking trails along Spring River for years; they sat together on stadium bleachers to cheer on their boys; they spent hours harvesting pecans, tending to their garden, and making their home a welcoming place.
He also gave all his time and effort to raising his four boys, Noah, Samuel, Adam and Joseph. From first steps, camping trips and how to throw a baseball to driving lessons, wedding speeches, and holding his grandchildren, Don dedicated his life to being everything for his boys.
Don loved playing tennis, running, walking with his wife, Margie, hunting with his boys, and considering himself a literary and grammar critic.
Don is survived by his wife of 46 years, Margie Lewis Camp; children Noah Camp and his wife Kara, Samuel Camp, his wife Sarah, grandchildren Logan, Finley, and Emery; Adam Camp and his wife Kaitlin, grand-daughter Charlotte; Joseph Camp; and siblings David and Darrell Camp.
My deepest sympathy to Marge and the boys, spouses, grandchildren and extended family. Good times from being neighbors often cross my mind. To the extended families my condolences. Continue to love each other well!! Thoughts and prayers from Our family to yours!
Carrie Wilson FollmarHouston,
Sorry to hear about Don’s passing. Your family will be in our prayers.
Mike CrawfordLovington, NM
Margie you are in my thoughts and prayers. God fill you with his peace and comfort. His loving arms are holding you.
Julia Carr OberArlington, TX
Margie and boys,
Johnny and I will keep you in our hearts and prayers during this time. Our deepest heartfelt sympathy are with you.
Sandra and Johnny Boatright
Sandra Allen BoatrightLubbock, TX
May God surround you with His love and comfort during this sad season.
Jan Haynes KindelFlower Mound, TX
Mrgie, my heart is heavy for you and your family. May God kiddy you and your family close and provide comfort during this difficult time. You two were always my friend and I will forever hold you in my memories and heart. I am blessed to have had the two of you in my life. Keeping you in my prayers.
Jimmy EllisMadison, AL
To the family of Don Camp,
I knew Don for only a few years from my MA work at Kymera. Don was always helpful and interesting to speak with about any topic. Don was a good man and a great co-worker. He will be missed truly.
My deepest condolences.
Don was one of the finest people I have had the privilege to know. I am truly sorry for your loss.
Barbara WhittenCorfu, NY
I am so very sorry to hear of Don's passing. You, your boys, and all your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Becky Purcell JamesRound Rock, TX
Please accept our condolences for your loss.
Don was one of the truly important people in the life of our son, Aaron Michelsohn. We always appreciated the long hours he spent coaching his baseball team over the years, and enjoyed watching the loving interactions among members of your family. I know that your strong faith will be important in sustaining you during this difficult time.
Best wishes to you all,
Lynn and Larry
Lynn Daugherty and Larry MichelsohnFort Pierce, FL
Don you were always such a kind-hearted soul. A Godly man with quiet strength. You set the bar as a Lab Technologist and your dedication never wavered. I enjoyed working with you at Casa de Medicina. You were a good family man who set an example for others to follow. May you Rest in Peace and one day hear the words: "Well done my son."
My prayers go out to Margie and the boys. Know that Don is with God and you will see him again someday.
Nancy HuelsmanRoswell, NM