Longtime resident William “Bill” Campbell died Oct. 9 after suffering a heart attack while riding his bike on the Stilson Path in Wilson. He was 83. His family provided the following.
Bill Campbell is survived by his wife, Faye Campbell, sister Connie McGrath, daughters Corrinda Campbell and Darcey Prichard, son Bain Campbell, stepdaughter Donelle Laughlin, stepsons Fritz and Peter Howser and 11 grandchildren: Cam Prichard, Metta and Landon Campbell, Fritz and Peri Howser, Wyatt, Dalan and Keely Laughlin, and Henry, Scarlet and Coco Howser.
Born Nov. 24, 1936, in Sioux City, Iowa, Bill grew up on a farm, raising cattle and corn. In his youth he was dedicated to his rural farm life, was an active member of 4-H and raised grand champion Angus. His love for sports began at a young age, and he played football, basketball and baseball throughout high school.
He attended Iowa State University and Stanford Law School, served in the U.S. Navy ROTC, and thereafter became one of the most sought-after corporate trial litigators. Based in Southern California, a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, he had an esteemed client list that included many sports organizations — including Jerry Buss’ Los Angeles Lakers and Gene Autry’s California Angels — which combined his passions for law and sports.
When he was not practicing law he was devoted to outdoor pursuits: camping, fly-fishing and skiing, which led him to Jackson Hole in 1976. After numerous summer and winter family vacations to Wyoming, he fell in love with the area and immediately became an integral part of the community. Following his retirement, he and his wife, Faye, made Jackson their permanent home, extending his outdoor pursuits to include cycling and horseback riding.
Over the past 30 years Bill has immersed himself in the Jackson Hole community, serving on many boards, including the Jackson Hole Land Trust, Friends of Pathways, the Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club and, most recently, Teton Youth and Family Services, all while taking full advantage of everything Jackson has to offer.
A devoted skier, he began ski racing at age 60, participated in the Town Downhill and was dedicated to his Margarita Cup race team, The Village Idiots. When he wasn’t skiing he was an enthusiastic cyclist, completing centuries until the very end.
Fly-fishing rounded out his passions. He fished the Snake, South Fork, Madison, North Fork Blackfoot and Flaming Gorge, topped by global destinations where he sought out bone fish, tarpons and permits.
While Bill’s career and outdoor pursuits were a life focus, his utmost priority was family and friends. He was a loving and committed husband, devoted to Faye for 44 years, father to six children and grandfather to 11. Family was his greatest legacy. He was constantly sharing life values and experiences and was present for each and every family member. His large following of colleagues and friends is a testament to his unending humor, passion and zest for life.
While nobody was prepared for his sudden passing, there is peace knowing that he left us “clipping along at a fast pace,” doing what he loved in a place he loved. He is an inspiration and role model to all. He never held back or waited to live his life.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bill’s name to the Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club (JHSkiClub.org/donate), Friends of Pathways (FriendsOfPathways.org/donate) or Teton Youth and Family Services (TetonYouthAndFamilyServices.org/support-tyfs).
A celebration of life will be announced at a future time.