Harold Harry “Weeps” Campbell was born on November 15, 1934 and transitioned into the eternal dance place on December 8, 2019. He was the son of Harry and Violet Socktish-Campbell. Weeps was a full-blooded Hupa Tribal Member born and raised in the Hoopa Valley. He graduated from Hoopa High School in 1954 and went on to attend Humboldt State University. While there, Weeps continued a passion for Football, donning #39 as offensive guard for the HSU Lumberjacks. While in college he found the love of his life — Mary Branham. Mary and Weeps both attended Hoopa High School but it wasn’t until they were reunited at HSU that their relationship grew. They married in 1956, built a home together, raised two boys and enjoyed 63 years of marriage.
Throughout the summer and fall of his life, Weeps gave many years in service towards the development and growth of the Hoopa Valley Tribe. Rarely idle, he spent many of this younger years logging in the woods. In 1967, he took some time to pursue barber college and enjoyed cutting and grooming hair for many years after. His time was also spent in the Hoopa Tribal Fisheries, HUD, Roads and Plant Management departments, where he constructed and maintained many houses in the Valley including the old adobe houses near the school and the tribal fish hatchery.
A jack-of-all-trades, a skillful carpenter, builder, farmer, mechanic and welder – you name it, Weeps could do it, but most of those who knew him knew he was a cowboy at heart. Horsemanship and raising livestock was a passion he would carry with him throughout his life. When he wasn’t planting and bailing hay, plowing fields, driving cattle, and riding horses, he enjoyed driving and fixing tractors and farm equipment. His weekends and days off were all spent “running the ranch” on Bald Hill. One of his favorite things to do was drive the cattle across the river in summer to spend days and nights in the high country at Box Camp.
Weeps could always be seen cheering on his sons’ — and all his grandkids’, nieces’ and nephews’ — sporting events, whether it was football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, softball, ballet or rodeo. He truly enjoyed attending their events and rarely missed one. He attended hundreds of rodeos and horse auctions in his lifetime, and more recently enjoyed spending time on the rodeo circuit watching his granddaughter compete in barrel racing. He and Mary became known as “Grandpa and Grandma” to many youth on the rodeo trail.
A traditional and well-respected man, Weeps was fluent in the Hupa Language since birth. He was known and revered for his vast knowledge and as a keeper of the “old ways.” On any given day he could be seen sitting outside on his picnic table engaged in deep conversation with someone. He was a great man, husband, father, brother, uncle, friend and community member, he will be dearly missed. He thought a lot about people and people thought a lot about him.
Harold “Weeps” was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Violet Socktish-Campbell; Brothers: Leo Carpenter Sr., Daniel Campbell, Samuel Campbell, Sisters Marie Campbell-Muller and Emogene Campbell-Carpenter; and Brother-in-laws: Harold Muller, William Injun-Bill Carpenter, Vance Henkel and Lee Jarose.
He is survived by his wife Mary Branham-Campbell, Sons: Harold Jr. and Bob Sr. (Janine), and daughter-in-law Leslie Jackson; Grandchildren: Bob Jr. (Heather), Harold “O’s”, Sam, Margaret Mary (Lucas), Robert and Andrea Campbell; Great Grandchildren: Bobby, Tristin, Lane, and Scarlett Campbell, and Lucas, Key-se-loh, Nonoowesche’, and Whisa’sa’on Garcia; his three Sisters and brother-in-laws: Harriet Leach (John), Sharon Branham (Tom), and Viva Campbell; Sister-in-laws: Rebecca Lewis-Campbell; Maude Jarose and Elizabeth Henkel; and many, many beloved nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Bob Campbell Jr., Harold “O’s” Campbell, Samuel Campbell, Kyle Brown, Trevor Brown, Billy McCovey, Troy Branham, Bobby Campbell III. Honorary Pallbearers: Robert Campbell, Thomas “Cutter” Branham, Thomas “Smitty” Branham, Benny Branham, Doug Branham, T.J. Branham, Derrick Branham, Jason Marshall, Daniel McCovey, Travis Brown, Johnathan Leach Sr., “Pecos” Bill Carpenter, Joe Carpenter, Samuel D.C. Campbell, Ralph Brown, Scott Searle, Mike Mularky, Devin Curns, Jay Leach, Leo Carpenter Jr., George Moon, Clyde Moon, Doug Brown, Sylvester Brown, Fred Brown, Oscar Brown, Arthur Jones, Sam Jones, Jed Morris, Mike Orcutt, Kevin Orcutt, Lucas Garcia, Chris Heath, Michael Masten, Geno Masten, Brian Dennison, Melbourne Miller Jr., James Marshall, Harwood Starritt, Leslie Starritt, James Rickaby, Rocky Jones, Rocky Erickson, Thomas Masten, Quincy Masten, Blaze Carpenter, Lonnie Wilson, Phil Mattz, Rodney Vigil Sr., Phillip Vigil, Albert “Jiggs” Gray, Walter “Bud” Gray, Mike Ferris, Art Dickson, Pete Masten, Gene Marshall, Denny Kane, Porty Blake, Martin Swensen, Alec Hays, Ralphy Peters, Derrick Hyman, John Marshall, Joe LeMieux, Cort Herrera, Bucky Jackson, Adam Robertson, Mike Robertson, Chance Abrams, Devyn “Frog” Campbell, Ethan Marceau, Bud Hostler, Loren Norton and many others too numerous to mention. We apologize if we missed anyone’s name.
The family would like to send a very heartfelt thank you to all those who helped during this difficult time.
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