[Marin County Obit Board]

Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 14:03:48 :

Marin Independent Journal
Saturday, September 23, 1989

David Cooper Camp
Boosted state emigration

David Cooper Camp, a Ross resident since 1971 and founder of a group aiming to depopulate California, died at home Thursday, Sept. 21, 1989, after a four-month illness. He was 81.

He was born in Humboldt, Kan., and moved to Berkeley with his family as a youngster.

He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1935, where he studied English.

He was a reporter in the San Joaquin Valley for the Sanger Herald and the Hanford Sentinel and later became a news director for two radio stations in the area.

He moved to the Bay Area and worked as a technical writer for Aerojet General in San Ramon, later switching as a technical editor to Bechtel Corp. in San Francisco, where he retired in 1975.

He was the founder of the California Depopulation Commission, a tongue-in-cheek group that encouraged people to leave California and discouraged others from moving to the state.

His daughter, Victoria Wade of Berkeley, said her father requested contributions to chambers of commerce in other parts of the country, promoted annual “I Love Iowa Life” contests in August, proposed removing all off ramps from freeways in California and promoted general knowledge of earthquake and traffic problems in the state.

“The idea was serious and the goals were a little offbeat,” she said.

Besides his daughter, he is survived by his wife, Kate Camp of Ross; another daughter, Sarah Devlin of Mill Valley; and two grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held.

The family prefers donations to the Marin Humane Society or the California Marine Mammal Center at Fort Cronkhite.

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