Marlin “Sonny” Camp, age 66, of Cokato, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013, after a brief stay at North Memorial Hospital and the Annandale Care Center.
He grew up in Bloomington, and after graduating from high school, Sonny enlisted in the military, where he served as a sergeant in the Marines during the Vietnam War.
Sonny returned to the states to marry his high school sweetheart, Linda, and together, they returned to California to complete his enlistment.
After leaving the military, Sonny and Linda returned to Minnesota, where they spent the next 30 years raising a family and running and growing Olsen Chain and Cable, a wire rope and construction supply company in Cokato and Edina.
When he was able to pass the reins of daily operation to his children, Sonny thoroughly enjoyed spending time on his farm. He spent a small fortune in birdseed, helping not only his feathered friends, but the local squirrel, raccoon, and deer populations, as well.
Sonny’s love of the outdoors made him a great land steward, and he was always hatching plans for planting wildlife habitats or digging ponds for ducks and geese. He was honored for his work by being selected Minnesota Conservationist of the Year in 2000 by the Minnesota Conservation Federation.
Sonny also spent his time planning and cultivating extensive vegetable gardens, and he enjoyed sharing his large bounty with friends and family. He was fond of surprising people with thoughtful gifts and gestures, both large and small, and particularly enjoyed spoiling the women in his life: his wife, daughters-in-law, granddaughter, and special nieces.
Sonny’s dry sense of humor and his love of practical jokes will be fiercely missed.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; his sons, David (Cathy) of Cokato, and Terry ( Charlotte) of Crested Butte, CO; his sisters, Linda (Lyle) of Lakeville, and Gladys of Two Harbors; grandchildren Henry, Walter, Oskar, and Evelyn; and treasured nieces and nephews.
A private family/FLRP celebration of Sonny’s life is planned. Memorials preferred to Marine Corp-Law Enforcement Foundation; mc-lef.org.