Tracy "Tray" Jamaal McCampbell passed away peacefully at his home in Kansas City, MO with his wife, family and German Shepherd, Frank, by his side. God took this angel home on July 8 at the young age of 34.
Tray was born in Iowa City, IA on May 1, 1986, to Tracy and Stacy Kienlen McCampbell. He graduated from Burlington Community High School in 2004 followed by the University of Iowa in 2008 where he earned a B.S. in Political Science. Tray had a passion for politics and policy that led him through a long career with the Social Security Administration. His biggest impact was helping others grow through his approachable, humble, and humorous demeanor which led to life long friendships.
Tray met the love of his life, Mandy (nee Letizia), at the University of Iowa where they were both huge Hawkeye fans. Through their shared sense of humor and zest for life, Tray fell in love and told his dad, “This one's the one”. Tray and Mandy were married November 26, 2011. They loved traveling, going to Broadway shows and visiting wineries and breweries. As aspiring wine connoisseurs, Tray and Mandy visited wineries in California, France and Italy. In the spirit of adventure Tray and Mandy once traveled for two weeks through Greece and Croatia with only two backpacks, not needing more than the shirts on their backs and each other.
Tray loved spending time with his mom and dad, whom he called his best friends. He loved them so much that he insisted on joining a vacation club so they could visit Mexico annually. Aside from bottomless mimosas and swim-up pool bars, Tray had a bond with his parents that was unparalleled and will never be broken.
Tray loved a healthy debate and wouldn't pass up a discussion about politics, sports or history. He often argued as if he knew more about the subject than you…and he did. He was simply brilliant but just as good of a listener. The best thing about a talk with Tray was that you always felt respected, you came away smarter, and you knew Tray still loved you even though you were wrong.
Tray had a big personality. His laugh was infectious and his beautiful smile could light up a room. Tray was thoughtful, kind, generous and could tell a story to either lift your heart or make you cry. He made everyone around him feel special and made friends everywhere he went. He was a man of integrity, character and purpose and made you want to be a better person.
Above all else, Tray’s greatest love was his family. In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by his great grandmother, Doris Johnson; grandmother, Bonnie Kienlen; siblings, Candice Ives, Carissa Jenkins (Matthew), Craig Brown (Katy), Taylor McCampbell (Kayle) and Chandra McCampbell; Mandy's family; 23 nieces and nephews; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins and countless friends.
Tray will be missed but never forgotten as he will live on through every smile that he gave, every story he told and every life that he touched.
If you wish to donate to a cause in Tray's name, please consider Dan’s House of Hope (danshouseofhope.org), Operation Breakthrough (operationbreakthrough.org) or give to your own favorite charity, because Tray firmly believed in giving back.
The Memorial Service for Tray will be 2:00 PM Thursday, July 16, 2020 at the Burlington Memorial Auditorium. All are welcome to attend - we have enough space to social distance and plan to wear masks.