Curt was born in San Bernardino, Calif., during his father’s surgery residency and moved to Burns in 1959 at six months of age. He attended Burns Union High School, graduating in 1977, but missed the graduating ceremony as a result of painting his class year “77” on the gym roof – backwards! After high school, Curt attended Oregon State University (OSU) where he was a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps and the Sigma Nu Fraternity. At OSU, he studied math and history, occasionally, when he wasn’t building the OSU homecoming bonfire or something else more fun.
Curt went on to serve in the military as an Army M.P. and Secret Document Courier during the time he was stationed in Europe. After returning to the states, Curt traveled the U.S., worked in the oil fields for a couple years, and settled down in Portland. In Portland, Curt managed the 40-person IT department for the Campbells’ veterinary practice, which he helped to grow to 750 locations in the U.S., UK and Latin America – the largest veterinary practice in the world. After the practice was sold, Curt found a new career as a successful real estate broker in the Portland-Vancouver area and managed the IT network at Silvies Valley Ranch.
Curt’s remarkable sense of humor and ability to effortlessly build relationships made him the friend everyone wanted to be. He was a warm and welcoming host, and loved to guide friends and family to local restaurants and the newest “eateries” in the Portland area. Curt loved syfy, music, books, good food, gadgets of all types, and anything complicated and technical. He was never very far from his furry housemate, “Pete,” his Maine Coon cat, and enjoyed helping others with any pet-related problem, or practically anything else.
Curt’s quick wit and sometimes startling sense of humor brought much laughter to those in his life. He was an amazing brother and uncle, and always there for his family, sharing his life and experiences with them. Curt’s uncanny ability to create treasured memories is a legacy treasured by those who were blessed by his friendship.
Curt is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Scott and Sandy Campbell; brother, Jeff Campbell, all of Silvies; sister, Kathy Jo Campbell; nephews, Tygh and Rand Campbell; uncle, Tim Campbell of North Carolina; aunts, Mary Campbell of Montana and Kathryn Goodwin of Boise; as well as many, many cousins and friends.
Curt was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Johanna Campbell of Burns.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 27, at the Portland home of Scott and Sandy Campbell. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested in Curt’s name to Hannah’s Helping Hands, 7610 SE 162nd Ave, Portland, OR 97236, to support the “Curt’s Help” program, which will help families that are having trouble affording care for their pet. Curt’s ashes will be spread, as he requested, in Harney County.