David Nelson Campos, 68, passed away on July 5, 2022, in Clermont, FL. He was born May 28, 1954, to Felino Campos Jr. and Wilma Cooper Campos in Miami, FL.
David was a proud graduate of Indiana University where he was vice president of the student body as an undergraduate. He went on to receive his Juris Doctorate in Bloomington as well.
For over 30 years David was the authority on Michigan’s No-Fault law lecturing to thousands during his career and writing extensively on the topic. David began his career with Smith, Haughey, Rice and Roegge and went on to be the managing partner of Garan, Lucow & Miller in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Post retirement David returned to central Florida near his beloved boyhood home of Groveland.
This is where he met the love of his life Jenny Campos.
David was a celebrated artist working principally in watercolors depicting his beloved Florida’s landscapes, lakes, and wildlife. His work has been displayed at the Lake County Historical Museum, Tavares History Museum, and the Groveland Florida Historical Museum.
David was an avid boater, bicyclist, scuba diver, triathlete, and motorcyclist. He was also the best and most loyal friend a person could hope for in life.
David loved his children and grandchildren with all his heart usually referring to them by his pet names and offering endless playful teasing. He cherished his siblings, cousins, Aunt’s, and Uncles, always offering them an open door at his and Jenny’s Tavares home. This was usually followed by a fun and fact filled tour of Groveland and a ride on a pontoon boat on the Harris chain of lakes which he knew like the back of his hand.
Dave battled terminal prostate cancer for 12 years with bravery and, as he did in all things, a wicked sense of humor. His return to his boyhood home not only brought him the love of his life but an extraordinary group of friends who loved and cared for him to the end of a life lived to its fullest. He often called his last years in Squirrel Point the best of his life. However, he would tell you with a twinkle in his eyes his college years held a close second place.
He is preceded in death by his parents and sadly his sons Alex and Christian.
He is survived by his loving wife, Jenny Campos; his sons Daniel Campos (Mallory Nicole) of Grand Rapids, Michael Campos of Orange County California; Brandon Campos of Holland Michigan; his daughter Dr. Natalie Campos( Johnny Gutierrez) of Tucson, Arizona; his Grandchildren Madison, Vaida Jade, Quinn Nicole, Carter and Lincoln.; his sisters Michelle Mediavilla; his cousins Greg Campos, Billy Campos, Kathy Venrick, Donna Green, Sharon Shipman, Karen kay and his Aunt Rainy Schlegal.
A Memorial will be held to celebrate Dave’s life on August 6, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the community center and park on the shore of Lake Dora in the Squirrel Point community in Tavares, Florida
Those wishing to see David’s considerable artistic talents can view his artwork on the Etsy website. In lieu of flowers donations to Cornerstone Hospice/ Mike Conley Hospice House are suggested by the family. In the alternative simply do an unexpected act of kindness for someone in need. David would love that!