Philip Cregg Goble
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January 14, 1934 - February 27, 2013
MILL CITY - Philip was born to Verda and Kathlien Goble in Nephi, Utah. He was raised in Los Angeles and spent the summers working on the family farm in Utah. In 1947 the family moved to Oregon so Verda could work on the Detroit Dam. They remained in the Santiam Canyon, and Philip graduated from Mill City High School in 1953, joining the U. S. Marine Corps later that year.
Philip served in California, Japan, and Korea. Returning to Oregon, he attended Salem Technical-Vocational School. After graduation, Philip took a job with Beckman Industries and moved to Southern California. Among other projects, he worked closely on one of the world's first commercial DNA synthesizers. He retired in 1996, remaining in California until last year, when he returned to Oregon to be closer to family.
Philip is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Camille and Bruce Gordon of Salem; his nephews Kermit (Robin) Gordon of Salem, Kermit's son Bryce, and Robert Gordon of Silverton; and his niece, Erika (Kevin) Moore of Acworth, Georgia, and their children Kathlien and Hayden. He was preceded into death by his loving parents, Verda and Kathlien; his sisters Beverly Mattson and LaNay Swan; and his younger brother, Rodney Goble, beside whom he was laid to rest in Island City. He was truly our beloved brother, uncle, and friend, and he will be greatly missed.
Published in StatesmanJournal on Mar. 23, 2013