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Kern Machinery Camp Family

Four Generations of the Camp Family

Remembering Donald Camp Sr. and Izetta Camp

Don and Izetta Camp, husband and wife of 67 years and the heads of DM Camp & Sons and Kern Machinery, Inc. in Bakersfield, California died last week, four days apart. Don Camp was 94. Izetta Camp was 92.

Don Camp was born on July 29, 1925 to Georgia Anna App and Wofford Benjamin Camp in Bakersfield, California while his parents were living on the USDA Cotton Experiment Station in Shafter. Don graduated from Kern County Union High School in Bakersfield and attended Clemson College in South Carolina, graduating with the class of 1947 in Animal Husbandry. He loved cowboying in the Sierra Nevadas in the summers, and even in his early career followed his cattle-ranching desire, finding out soon enough he could better support the "cowboy habit" through cotton and potato farming. He also served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and his love for flying has never diminished.

Izetta was the fourth of five children born to Edwin Hugh Agnew and his wife Izetta Pruitt Agnew in Starr, South Carolina where he was a distinguished farmer. Together with her brothers Pruitt and Harry, and sisters Betty and Floride, she grew up on the family farm. She attended Furman University, known then as Greenville Woman's College, before graduating from Winthrop College. While at Winthrop, and at the insistence of her father who was a Clemson classmate of W.B. Camp Sr., she invited Camp's son Don to a dance on one of his business trips from Kern County to Yemassee, SC where his family maintained Buckfield Plantation. After several years of courtship, Don wed Izetta on March 14, 1952. The couple has five children; Georgia, Don, Jr., Edwin, Clayton and Carolyn as well as 13 grandchildren.

Don and Izetta truly enjoyed each other's company. By each other's side in life for 67 years of marriage, now they are together again for eternity, after just a few days apart. Their reputation and integrity meant everything to them and together they instilled that in their family.
Don was preceded in death by his parents and brother Wofford Benjamin Camp Jr. Izetta was preceded in death by her parents, sister Betty, and brothers. She is survived by her sister Floride Findley. Those left to cherish their memory are their children Georgia Bell, Don Jr. and his wife Debbie, Edwin and his wife Kaye, Clayton and his wife Karrie and Carolyn Pandol and her husband Jack. They are also survived by 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and a 14th on the way.
A joint funeral service will be officiated by Pastor Jeff Chandler 10 a.m. Nov. 25, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church, 1705 17th Street in Bakersfield, CA for Izetta Agnew Camp and Donald Max Camp Sr. Private interment will follow.
In lieu of flowers, Don's memory may be honored with a donation to Alzheimers Disease Association of Kern County, 4203 Buena Vista Road, Bakersfield, CA 93311, Boy Scouts of America Southern Sierra Council, 2417 M Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301, or Hoffmann Hospice, 4325 Buena Vista Road - Building A, Bakersfield, CA 93311.
Izetta's memory may be honored with a donation to Assistance League Bakersfield, 1924 Q Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301, Bakersfield Museum of Art - attention Blue Ribbon Circle, 1930 R Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301, or The UCLA Alzheimers and Dementia Care Program, 200 UCLA Medical Plaza - Suite 365A, Los Angeles, CA 90095.

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