Freedom, pride and glory were the driving force in the life of a man known simply as Lalo Campos among his friends and fellow members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) organizations locally and statewide. Lalo F. Campos, 85, joined his beloved wife, Paula, on March 11, 2006. He died of congestive heart failure.
Lalo was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and in 1940 moved with his family to Barrio Logan in San Diego where he became active in sports with the Fenton Baseball Team, Toltecs Club and Neighborhood House. He later coached the Lowell School Little League Baseball team.
When World War II broke out, he was drafted into the Army Medical Corps and served overseas where he tended the wounded in the battle fields of Germany, France, and Belgium. His patriotic efforts earned him the Bronze Star Medal; American Campaign Medal; European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal; WWII Victory Medal; Good Conduct Medal; and the Medical Badge. He was discharged December 12, 1945.
Lalo was a proud Charter Member of the Don Diego VFW Post 7420 for 51 years. He served twice as Commander of that Post in 1962-63 and again in 1978-79. In between those stints, he moved up to District Commander in 1970-71. He was subsequently elected as the VFW California State Sergeant-At-Arms. He also served as the VFW Post 7420 Captain of the Color Guard. Lalo is best remembered by VFW comrades and sisters for his wit, good humor, crisp military bearing, warm generosity and love of Mariachi music.
Survivors include Lalo’s daughter Eva Pageler and her husband Donald; two sons: Carlos and his wife Kim, Ronald and his wife Linda; four sisters: Adelina Cando, JoJo Trujillo, Leonore Woodvine, Genevieve Helton; 5 stepchildren; 9 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Lalo is preceded in death by: his brother Manuel Campos; his daughter Elisa Najera, her husband Carlos, their son Michael; and a great granddaughter Madison.
Services: Monday March 20, Rosary at 6 pm., St. John of the Cross Church, 8175 Lemon Grove Way, Lemon Grove. Tuesday, March 21, Mass at 11 am., Holy Cross Catholic Church, followed by Inurnment at the Mausoleum, 4470 Hilltop Drive, San Diego.
Donations in lieu of flowers: San Diego Hospice Palliapive Care, 4311 Third Ave., San Diego, CA 92103; and/or Don Diego VFW Post 7420, 2100 Logan Ave., San Diego, CA 92113.