Jeffrey W. Phillips
1947 ~ 2013
Jeff Phillips, age 66, died suddenly in Stanley, Idaho while visiting family, friends and his beloved Sawtooth Mountains. Jeff has worked as a Physician Assistant in the Weiser area since December, 2006; for the past year, he has been employed by Valley Family Health Care and worked in their clinics in Idaho and eastern Oregon.
Jeff was born in Bethlehem, PA, first born son of Dr. John and Grace Phillips. His family moved to Arizona when he was four years old and settled in Tucson, which was home until his move to Idaho in 1978. Jeff graduated high school in 1965, and entered the Marine Corps in 1967, honorably serving his country until 1971.
Jeff joined the Tucson Fire Department in 1974 and worked as firefighter and paramedic until moving to Boise with his wife Cheryl in 1978. During his 22 years in Boise, Jeff filled several positions with Ada County Paramedics, ending his time there as Assistant Director. He returned to college at Boise State University, earned a BBA in 1981, then worked at Boise Cascade for a few years as an accountant.
Jeff's servant heart wasn't fulfilled by corporate accounting; in 1990, he entered MEDEX Northwest at the University of Washington, graduating in 1992 as a Physician Assistant.
As a PA, Jeff's career has included Surgery, Family Practice, Geriatrics, Emergency Room, Wilderness and Urgent Care at facilities in Boise, Stanley, Caldwell and most recently, Weiser, ID.
Surviving Jeff: his wife of 37 years, Cheryl; his mother, Grace Phillips; brothers Harry, Bill (Karen); sisters Vade Henderson (Tom), Holly Dolgaard and Stefany Blais; and eleven nieces and nephews.
Jeff also leaves behind his "adopted daughter", Raechel Driscoll, her husband Tony and "granddaughter" Sadie.
Jeff is beloved by family, friends - new and lifelong, and many of the patients he served.
There will be a local celebration of his life at 2:00 pm, Thursday, December 12, 2013 at the Vendome Events Center, 309 State Street, Weiser, ID, 83672. All are welcome to share a special memory from your relationship to Jeff.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Jeff to Doctors Without Borders (www. doctorswithoutborders.org ), The Samaritan's Purse (www. samaritanspurse.org) or a favorite charitable service organization.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Dec. 8, 2013