Wednesday May 8th, 67 year old George Campos, Road Captain for the Southern California area Patriot Guard Riders was leading a funeral procession along Route 78 in Temecula when suddenly and without warning, slumped over the bars of his Harley Davidson. His bike veered off the road striking a curb, throwing him from the motorcycle. Campos had suffered a massive stroke.
According to American Legion Riders President Mick Sobczak, “Before he went down George leaned back and gunned the throttle to move him and his bike away from other riders potentially keeping other riders from being injured.”
He was taken to Palomar Hospital in Escondido where he passed away on Thursday.
George Campos was the founder of the Legion Riders Post 852 and served as its President from 2010 to 2012. George served his country in United States Marine Corps and was a Vietnam veteran. He continued to give back to his country, community and fellow veterans through the American Legion Riders and the Patriot Guard Riders until the last moment of his life.
Mr. Sobczak said “George has been on too many Patriot Guard missions to count, over 1000. He was a true leader that continually gave back to other veterans and will be deeply missed, he was like a father to me, but he left this world doing what he loved to do.”
George is survived by two sons. Taylor 27, a former United States Marine, now serving as a contractor in Afghanistan will arrive back home today and Nick of Murrieta, 22.
According to The Patriot Guard Riders website:
The Patriot Guard Riders mission has two objectives:
1. Show respect and honor to our fallen heroes of current wars and operations, and support their families and communities, by attending funeral services as invited guests of the family.
2. The Patriot Guard Riders will provide this support and respect in a professional manner, upholding the Laws of California and other states, and will participate in a non-violent manner.
For more information on the Patriot Guard Riders, visit their webpage
No funeral plans have been released by the family, but it is expected that more than 600 people will turn out to pay George Campos their final respects.