By Rob Holston
July 26, 2007
I had the experience of meeting Joe Campbell just days before
the air crash that took his life along with his four passengers.
He showed up at Air Marine Harbor Saturday morining as I was
about to depart on an excursion to Guard Island Lighthouse.
I invited him to board, half thinking he was part of my cruise
ship crowd. Joe introduced himself as a Taquan Air pilot and
I showed him aboard. Before the end of our two hour tour, Joe
stopped by the wheel house and we visited a bit about our backgrounds.
I could tell from his comments that he really loved to fly and
had grown fond of S.E.Alaska since his arrival here. He asked
what I did in the winter and I mentioned working with the church
Christmas choir at Clover Pass Church. He was familiar with
the CMA denomination and said he worked on Sundays, otherwise
he would attend there. He planned on returning to Arizona for
the winter and I caught myself thinking 'That's a great life'.
I had no idea his life would end so soon.
My heart and prayers go out
to the Taquan Air family, Princess Cruise Lines and the families
and loved ones of all those lost in this tragic accident.
Received July 26, 2007 - Published July 26, 2007
About: "Rob is co-owner
and operator of Lighthouse Excursions, Inc. since 2001 and a
26 year resident of Ketchikan."
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