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Obituary for Larry William Phillips

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Larry William Phillips

July 29, 1953 - May 2, 2013

Larry William Phillips, who was dearly loved, passed away on May 2, 2013. Larry was born on the Osage Cherokee Reservation on July 29, 1955 to a white father and an American Indian mother. He was raised on the reservation until being rescued by DFS after six or eight years and subsequently placed in an orphanage. Not many could have survived as well as Larry did in this life, and he was later adopted by Troy and Gladys Phillips.Larry grew up and served honorably in Vietnam with the United States Marine Corps, and after two tours of duty was awarded two purple hearts and a bronze star. Upon his return from Vietnam he tried many occupations -among them police officer and truck driver, and struggled with alcoholism. Eventually, his wandering spirit led him to Penny Fleming, “the best thing that ever happened to him” and he was inspired to sober up. He has been free from alcohol for twenty two years. he prided himself on doing the very best he could in everything, whether it was in his professional life or helping friends, family, and strangers. Those who knew him best loved him most.He married Penny on April 27, 1990 and together they raised two children – Travis and Chase Phillips. He was very proud of his family and told all who would listen to him how blessed hea was. In recent years, his health began to fail him and he struggled with cancer, COPD, and diabetes until on May 2nd, he took his own life. Survivors include his wife Penny, children Travis (Ashlee) and Chase. Among other survivors are his sister Eula Huston, nephew Sam Huston, niece Cheri Ezzell, Jim and Judy Fleming, Jim and Mindy Fleming, Brandon and Nicole Fleming, Barbara and Tom Vandenberg, and his very good friend Nancy Fleming. Larry is preceded in death by his parents, Troy and Gladys Phillips.”What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love becomes a part of us.” This means you, Larry. We love you very much!Memorial services will be Wednesday May 15, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street in Ogden. Military Honor Guard will give a final salute. Family will receive visitors for one hour prior to services. Larry requested cremation and his ashes will be dispersed as per his request. Online condolences at


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Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Time: 11:00 pm -

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403


Timeline for Larry William Phillips

Born: July 29, 1953
Died: May 2, 2013

Condolences for Larry William Phillips

Midge Smith posted on 5/15/13

Penny,I am so, so sorry for your loss. You have always been such a pleasure to work with, and my heart grieves with you at this difficult time.Many Hugs,Midge


Kristin Downs posted on 5/15/13

Penny, I am so sorry to hear about your husband's passing. I am thinking of you and your family and praying for you. Your incredible spirit has lifted me up many times as you have taken time to say such kind and thoughtful things to me at work. You are aware of others around you and you bring joy and strength to them. Thank you for that. It was no surprise to me to read about how you also strengthened Larry and loved him. All my love to you and your family.


Grace Larsen posted on 5/15/13

Larry was a good friend to me. I appreciated his high work ethic. I got to know him, first, when his children attended Windridge Elementary in Kaysville. I got to know him, better, when he was head custodian at Bountiful High School and I was completing an Internship at Bountiful High. I loved and admired Larry, his wife Penny and their children. I send my love and sympathy to sweet Penny and her children. With love, Grace Larsen


Loren Clark posted on 5/15/13

Penny & Family,We love you! All of us here at Cook have been hoping and praying that you'll feel that love, and that you and your children will find peace at this difficult time. It is wonderful to read about the difference you made in the life of Larry, and of the wonderful he has been on so many since then.May legions of angels (biker angels, that is) be always around you, to bear you up! I know that Larry has found relief, and also that he will be doing all he can to help on the other side. It is good to know that he has loving family already there to support him, as well as he has had here from you, your children, and his friends.Lots of love,Loren


Cindy Feenstra, Sherrie Kline, and Janette Reed posted on 5/14/13

As Head Custodian at West Point Jr. High, Larry ran a tight ship, but he had a very tender heart when it came to the kiddos in my class with severe intellectual and physical disabilities. Larry always went out of his way to check on our wellfare and made sure we had the best of everything. He demonstrated his love for these special kids whenever the opportunity arose. We will miss you, sweet man!


Kristi Shelley posted on 5/14/13

Penny... I admire you and your quiet, kind and caring ways. You are a silent pillar that makes the world a better place. I am ever so grateful for the time and dedication you give to your family and to our students. Through this difficult time may you have peace and comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you be uplifted by the love of others. Love ya!


eric wagner posted on 5/14/13

Penny our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Larry was a big influence in my life, alot of what I have learned is due to larry and his friendship. He gave me the first oppritunity in the district and I learned alot from him over the many years of working with him, I will forever be greatful for Larry and his advise. He will be greatly missed .


Tori Price posted on 5/14/13

Penny,I am so sorry for your loss. You are such a strong woman and hopefully that strength will pull you through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Jodi Breese posted on 5/14/13

Penny,I think you are one of the most incredible, amazing people I know. I am thinking of you and your family. I pray that you will find the strength to make it through this very difficult time. Love you so much!


Kaylene Spraker posted on 5/14/13

Penny - Just wanted to let you know how sorry I am about losing your husband. I have come to admire you so much after working next to you at the book fair. You are such a sweet, kind person. I'm so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


Terri Strawn posted on 5/14/13

Penny, I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers, may you find peace. You are so amazing, I wish you much love.


Jeff Olsen posted on 5/14/13

Larry to me is the meaning of a true friend, through thick and thin and the easy time or rough time he was there to encourage and to lift me up. I wish I could have been there for him in his time of need, I will miss my friend and always remember the many conversations we had.


Steve Anderson posted on 5/11/13

Larry was a great resource while working at Clearfield High School. He was able to see through much of daily nonsense, and get to point of contributing to many staff members and students. He did his work quietly without the praise that he deserved. Thanks Larry! You are the best!


Mary Ann Nelson posted on 5/11/13

Dear Penny and family,We will miss Larry. He was such an inspiration to me from the first day I met him. I enjoyed talking to him and listening to him. He was a wise and generous individual with a heart as big as the world. He would do anything for anyone and even without asking. He was always there when my family and I were going through my husband's health trials and was there to support us when he passed away. My daughter and granddaughter Lena admired Larry and you so much and looked forward to seeing you at different places. Lena was sad when I told her, but she said to tell you not to worry as she knew that he was in "good" hands now and no longer suffering.We love you and wish you well.Mary Ann Nelson and family