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Scott Michael Phillips


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Scott Michael Phillips Obituary
Scott Michael Phillips, 47, a lifelong resident of Blackfoot, died on Thursday, December 10, 2015 after a long struggle with the degenerative effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
Scott was born October 9, 1968 to Howard Lee and Randi Abend Phillips, the eldest of three sons. He graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1987.
On July 20, 1990, he married Penny Josephine Dixson in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their union resulted in two children, Hunter and Halle. Scott and Penny made residence in their shared hometown of Blackfoot.
Scott made his living as a potato man, selling and distributing both fresh and dehydrated products around the world. He was immensely proud of his work, and helped expand the business of Idaho's signature crop over the past two decades, in particular serving the east Asian nations for which he had a great affinity.
He was an exceptional athlete in his youth, playing as Blackfoot's quarterback while also excelling on the baseball team. Those victories came at a cost, though, and many of his challenges came as a result of injuries dealt on the field.
Scott was also a gifted outdoorsman. He had an uncanny understanding of the Snake River and its surrounding lands, and could navigate both river and forest with unbelievable ease. He was a terrific hunter, but later in his life gave up hunting, opting rather to photograph the animals he loved.
At his best, Scott was a sensitive and gentle man. His favorite place in the world was Disneyland, and he was not shy about proclaiming this love, often to his children's embarrassment. He cared deeply about those in need, and would take care of the less fortunate without a second thought. He truly loved the world.
Scott is survived by his parents, Howard and Randi; his wife, Penny; his children, Hunter and Halle; and his brothers, Jeff (Heidi) and David (Emily), along with many nieces and nephews.
He was a a good man. He was loved. He will be profoundly missed.
At this time, there are no plans for a public memorial as per his wishes. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation be made to a local charity of your choosing. Arrangements are under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to: www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Dec. 15, 2015
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