It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our father, Elliot Hart, on Monday, April 13th. As many of you know, he suffered a heart attack in early February and had been working hard on his recovery.
Elliot was a rare soul who not only knew his purpose on Earth from an early age, but dedicated his entire life and all of his passion to its pursuit. As an exceptionally gifted musician, singer, and entertainer with an undeniable charismatic presence, he was able to inspire joy in anyone lucky enough to see him on stage. Elliot began his lifelong career in the 60s and never slowed down. He lent his talents to many bands over the years (including Ohio Express) and delighted audience members from all over the world. The most personally significant of these was his duo Heart to Heart with his best friend and musical partner, Annie O’Banion-Graves. His musical gifts and humor will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his daughters and their families, Aimee R. Talbott, Stacy Groves, and their five children, Sarah Antonik and Eric Antonik, Sadie Ehrmantraut, and Dustin Ehrmantraut and their two children. He also leaves behind his musical Family and friends in Arizona, Annie Graves, Michael Graves, and their daughter LeeAnn, Harpo Schneider, Randy Thomas, Danny Gutenkauf, Denny Gutenkauf, Ed Tannheimer, Don Tannheimer, Ray Lashley, Danny Lee, Chris Ludowski, Dave and Kathy Brown, Luke Unrein, Jimmy Hart (Mouth of the South).
We want to express our sincere gratitude to all who took the time to visit, message, and lift his spirits over the past few months. This kind of situation is never easy, but the pandemic and lockdown of health facilities made it incredibly difficult. Because of you, he knew he was loved and supported when he needed it most.
A Celebration of his life will be planned to take place later this year in Arizona. We will post and share details after the quarantine has ended.
We would love for you to share your favorite memories and upload favorite photos and videos of him!
Earl Morton “Doc” Campbell Jr
Earl Morton “Doc” Campbell Jr died on April 4th, 2020, after a six-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was born on January 9th, 1928 as his parents’ home in Minot N.D. He graduated from Willmar high school (Minnesota) where he was the captain of the football team, ran track and field, and was known as the father of hockey. After a tour of duty in the Army, he went to St. Thomas University and graduated with his DDS in 1954 from St. Louis Dental School. In the summers while going to St. Thomas, he built several cabins on Lake Pulaski in Buffalo, and they are still there today. Earl practiced dentistry in Minnesota and in California. His most famous patient was the peanuts cartoonist, Charles Schultz. IN his retirement years he spent many hours playing golf, with friends and his wife. He was very active in the Buffalo Food Shelf and at both Buffalo Methodist church and New song Methodist church in Surprise AZ.
He is survived by his wife. Nancy, Stepchildren Kent (Jill) Blair, Heidi (Dough) Hemp, and Eric Rick. Grandchildren, Andrew Dennie, E.J. Rick, and Skylar Rick. Brother John (Karen) Campbell. Preceded in death by his son Steven, and his parents, Tillie and Earl Sr.
A Celebration of Life will be held at New Song United Methodist Church, 16303 W. Bell Rd. Surprise, AZ at a later date. Condolences for the family may be left below.