John L. Campiche, M.D.

John L. Campiche, M.D.

SEAVIEW - John L. Campiche, M.D., age 84, loyal husband and father, community physician and surgeon, artist, musician, teacher, boat builder, book seller, community and youth activist died in his sleep at home on March 30, 2005.

He walked on the ocean beach he loved every morning, feeding shorebirds and seagulls, who he claimed recognized his car and many to which he had ascribed names.

He and his wife, Valero, moved to the Peninsula from Chicago upon graduation from the University of Chicago School of Medicine in 1954. Together they maintained a medical practice and bookstore in Long Beach until he contracted cancer in 1986. At that time Dr. Campiche retired and began painting in earnest. His watercolors depicting local beach and outdoor scenes, florals and distant cities from Paris to Peshawar, adorn many local businesses and homes. His paintings fill his daughter Nancy Campiche's Gallery in Long Beach at the location once occupied by Val's Bookvendor.

Dr. Campiche was devoted to his family, medicine, the community, art and the preservation of the natural beauty that surrounded him. He left a legacy of fine paintings, many students of watercolor and literary and artistic children and grandchildren.

Campiche's most notable accomplishments include: Captain U.S. Army in World War II, his marriage, M.D. University of Chicago college and medical school, student Chicago Art Institute, physician and surgeon, raising and educating four children, chief of staff Ocean Beach Hospital, school board at Ocean Beach School District, scoutmaster Troop 24 Boy Scouts of America, musician in Dixie Docs Jazz Band, boat builder and co-founder Seaview Coastal Coalition environmental group.

His four children, David, Jeffery, James and Nancy, three daughters-in-law, Laurie, Hiromi and Jaehu and eight grandchildren, Michael, Dustin, Jed, John, Paul, Katherine, Justin and Nicole, and many beloved friends survive him. His wife of 54 years preceded him in death in December 2002.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution in Dr. John's name may be sent to Ocean Beach Medical Foundation or to South Pacific County Humane Society. A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m. at the Peninsula Senior Center in Klipsan Beach.

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