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Conservative talk show host turned SLO County planning commissioner dies at age 69

Dan Del Campo address San Luis Obispo County employees at the San Luis Obispo Library community room in 2004.
Dan Del Campo address San Luis Obispo County employees at the San Luis Obispo Library community room in 2004. The Tribune

Dan Del Campo, the former conservative radio talk show host who was appointed to the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission four months ago, died of natural causes last week in his home in Oak Shores. He was 69.

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff and Coroner’s Office confirmed this week that an attending physician determined the cause of death was natural.

Before drawing fans on KPRL for six years as a talk show host, Del Campo served as a city councilman of Thousand Oaks from 1998 to 2002, during which time he also served as mayor.

San Luis Obispo County Supervisor John Peschong named Del Campo a planning commissioner in February. Peschong issued a statement shortly after Del Campo’s death.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of Planning Commissioner Dan Del Campo’s passing this week. He has a long history of public service in California and, though he only served for a short time on the County’s Planning Commission, he will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife Mary Jo, his family and loved ones. We ask that the public respect their privacy as they grieve this loss,” Peschong said.

Peschong will appoint a new person to the commission after a notice of an opening has been issued.

Monica Vaughan: 805-781-7930, @MonicaLVaughan

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