Supporting the Campbell Family

​Antoine Deon Campbell died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Known by all as Deon, he was an exemplary son, husband, father, coach, mentor, employee, and leader. Above all else he was first and foremost a family man and his greatest joy in life was the pride he had in, and the love he had for, his three daughters.

He was born February 7, 1970 in Baltimore, MD. He attended Kenwood High School where he was known to be an exceptional athlete whose skills on the playing field were only matched by the strength and kindness of his character in all of his relationships. Deon played football and baseball. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Towson University and spent his career in the service of others as a social worker, advocate and leader. He also gave of himself as a coach and mentor to many youth who remember him today as a guiding force who had a positive impact on their lives. 
As a young man Deon faced many medical challenges due to an injury and was the recipient of a liver transplant. He faced the daunting obstacles that this presented in his daily life with such grace that few knew of his struggles. He was always grateful for the gift of life that this gave him and hopes that organ donation will be a consideration for all that knew and loved him.

In 2002, through mutual friends, he met the woman who was to be the love of his life, Kathleen Kreuter, known by all as Kat. They knew soon after meeting that they wanted to share their lives with each other. They went on to raise their three girls in a home filled with love, laughter, and a deep appreciation of life (and sport!). Like any home with four women it had its challenges but Deon would not have traded it for the world. 
In 2007, Deon took a leap of faith and moved his little family from Maryland to Texas, where they looked forward to the new opportunities. It was at this time that he began his work for the State of Texas, starting at the State School and working his way up to Manager of the licensing division. His knowledge, dedication and calm presence earned him many friends along the way. Though he quickly came to call Texas home, he never stopped rooting for the Ravens or antagonizing misguided Cowboys fans. 

Often, Deon was so soft spoken he would have to repeat himself multiple times to be understood clearly. The exception to this was when he spoke of his three girls. There was nothing that gave him more joy or pride than his daughters and he wanted everyone to know about them and their accomplishments. He would rush home from work to watch them play, some days multiple sports, hopping from basketball to volleyball and soccer. No matter how tired he was, how many hours he worked, Deon always found time for his girls. They truly were the light of his life and his absence creates a void that will never be completely filled. His greatest legacy will be his love for his wife Kat and their girls. 
Deon is survived by his wife Kathleen Kreuter Campbell (Kat), daughters Olivia, Amelia, and Evelyn, his mother Janice Walton, siblings Shawnette (Candy) Goines, Keyona King, Phillip Paul Byrd II, Phyllis (April) Denise Byrd, DeSalle Simon, and Kendra Sellers, and grandmother Rosa Campbell. He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Phillip Paul Byrd Sr., his step father who raised him Robert Goines, and his grandfather William Campbell.


Many of you know some of the story already, but for those who do not we will share a bit here. Deon is husband to Kat and father to three beautiful, talented daughters. Two of their daughters play for Austin Skyline Juniors.  Deon was in a serious automobile accident at age 20 and required a liver transplant as a result of the accident. Seven years later, he rejected that liver and received a second transplant. In recent months he began to feel very ill and it was discovered that the liver was failing and then he also suffered kidney failure. He has been doing dialysis and fighting valiantly, but it is with great sadness and very heavy hearts that we need to share with you that Deon is reaching the end stage of his disease process. He is resting at home with the family and hospice care has begun. It was unbearably hard to share this sad news with his daughters. 

As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for Kat and the girls. He has been in and out of the hospital for the last several months. Since the required care was only available in San Antonio (two hours away from their home), it has presented hardships on many levels for the family. They rapidly depleted their available financial resources and at this time Kat is unable to work as she cares for him at home and tries to support her girls in this time of grief. They are eternally grateful for the help that they have received so far - meals, rides to practices and games, help with doctor’s appointments, and so much more. They feel your love and support in so many ways. Please continue to be there for them in whatever ways you can.

Right now, they could really use some financial help to make it though this difficult process of caring for him, knowing that the end is near. If you can donate anything at all, it would be most appreciated - all donations will go directly to Kat. If not, please continue to support them through your prayers and well wishes. Let’s show them just how loved they are.

You can click here to donate directly to their GoFundme page.

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