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Obituary for Jay Wesley Phippen

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Jay Wesley Phippen

December 22, 1934 - December 26, 2012

Doctor Jay Wesley Phippen passed away on December 26, 2012 after an extended illness. Jay was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho to Merlyn Lester and Althera B. Phippen on December 22, 1934.Jay graduated from Idaho Falls High School and then went into the U.S. Army. Jay Married Nancy Terry, his high school sweetheart in Louisville, Kentucky; while he was stationed at Fort Knox, KY. After the Army he went to Utah State University where he graduated with a PHD. in Theoretical Physics. He loved teaching and taught at Weber State University for 42 years. He loved each of his students and was proud of their successes. Jay was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He had many callings in the Church but loved his time as a Stake Missionary. He was a jogger and enjoyed fishing and hiking especially with his sons and grandsons. Jay is survived by his wife, Nancy, daughters: Kathy Richison and Laurie Barrett, sons: Richard Phippen and Paul Phippen, 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Joy Foose and his brothers Terry Phippen and Mike Phippen. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, James Phippen. The family wishes to thank Kelli and Mike from Advocate Hospice for their loving care. Funeral services for Jay will be held at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Family will meet with friends on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. and from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to services at the mortuary. Interment will be at Aultorest Memorial Park.Please send us your condolences and a memory at


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Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Time: 9:45 am - 10:45 am

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Service Information

Date: Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Time: 11:00 am -

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Cemetery Information

Date: Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT,

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Born: December 22, 1934
Died: December 26, 2012

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Kay Blechert Remington posted on 1/5/13

Jay was a very humble and kind man. Everyone liked him. He and Nancy were such a remarkable couple and I know this is a great loss to her and to the family. Such an example to us all. He will be deeply missed.


Walther N. Spjeldvik posted on 1/3/13

Jay Phippen was my senior colleague, and in some ways my faculty mentor as I started my faculty career at Weber State University in 1985. I remember Jay as a good and supportive senior colleague, a man I could come to in my hour of need. Over the years I felt closer to Jay than to any other of my university colleagues, I had many discussions and exchange of thoughts with him over the years we were professors in the WSU Physics department -- and I was always finding intelligent and thoughtful responses. Jay was a decent man with his heart in the right place. When Jay by necessity retired due to illness, for me there was something good that went missing upon his retirement. Jay will stay in my memory. WALTHER N. SPJELDVIKProfessor of Physics


Johnny Rauzi posted on 1/3/13

I was a student of Dr Phippen in December 1966 to September 1967 at the Aircraft Instrument Repair School which was located a block below 18th and Wall Street in Ogden. After four years of service in the Air Force, I returned to Weber State in 1974. I had three more classes from Dr Phippen and this time around, everything clicked since I got straight A's. My mother and aunt lived at the west end of Edvalson Street and I would see Dr Phippen walking home on several occasions. We chatted several times and he was always very interested in what news I had of my work or his former students. He will be missed and my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Respectfully,Johnny Rauzi


Stacy Palen posted on 1/2/13

I only overlapped with Jay at Weber State for a year or two, but I remember how much he cared about helping students be successful. I am so sorry for your loss.-Stacy