Paul Douglas Camp

January 26, 1930 ~ November 30, 2022 (age 92) 92 Years Old


Paul Douglas Camp passed away peacefully after a short illness on November 30, 2022, surrounded by his children. 

Paul was born on January 26, 1930, the youngest child of Percy Camp and Florence Triteline Camp. He grew up in Maywood, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago., and attended the University of California in Berkeley in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program. While at university, Paul met his future wife, Charlyne De Costa, on a blind date. Graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering (and minor in naval architecture), Paul was commissioned an officer in the US Navy and assigned to a destroyer on active duty, ultimately serving as the engineering officer. He served in the Korean War, earning several medals and eventually retired from the US Navy Reserves.  Paul earned an MBA from the University of Chicago. Paul worked for defense contractors in Massachusetts, New York, and California before joining Bechtel Power in Norwalk, California. He and Charlyne moved to Houston in 1973 to open Bechtel Power’s Texas office.  After retiring from Bechtel in 1985, Paul worked for Houston Wine Merchant for over 35 years until he retired again in 2020 at the age of almost 90.

Paul and Charlyne are survived by their three children (Dr. Cathlyne Camp-Murray (Houston), Marguerite Camp (Houston), and Peter Camp (Seattle, Washington)). Paul’s brother, Charles, and his sister, Ruth, preceded him in death. Charlyne, Paul’s beloved wife of 58 years, passed away in 2009. Paul loved traveling (especially cruising), reading, music (especially opera and Sousa marches), and puns. He was a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Houston.

A memorial service will be held at half past ten o’clock in the morning on Friday, January 20, 2023 at St Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1805 W. Alabama Street in Houston.  The burial will be take place the same day at half past two o’clock in the afternoon at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans’ Memorial Drive.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society ( or a charity of your choice.


Memorial Service
January 20, 2023

10:30 AM
St Stephen's Episcopal Church, Houston
1805 West Alabama Street
Houston, TX 77098

January 20, 2023

2:30 PM
Houston National Cemetery
10410 Veterans Memorial Drive
Houston, Texas 77038


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