Foster, William Phillip Colonel|
Colonel William Phillip Foster, Retired US Army. 69, of Mesa, AZ, departed this life on January 15, 2016. He was born in Cleveland, OH, to Granville James Foster II and Edna (Bumiller) Foster on January 15, 1947. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in Political Science (Class of 1970 "Gig Em Aggies!") He received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant from General William Westmoreland and began his active duty in the U.S. Army at Ft. Ord, CA. Although he later sampled various career choices, he had found his true calling in military service. He was most proud of successfully completing Airborne School and Ranger School. Having temporarily left the Army, he moved to AZ to begin his career in Real Estate. After starting the Foster Company with his father and brother, he was then employed by the state of AZ and, due to his leadership skills, was appointed as the Director of the Land Department. Simultaneously, he re-entered military service; first in the National Guard, then in the US Army Reserve. He served in various positions in the 297th Military Intelligence Company and eventually became Commander of the 1st Military Intelligence Center in Phoenix, AZ. His final appointment was as Chief of Staff for the Commanding General of the 63rd RSC, General John L. Scott. He retired as Colonel in 2006 but remained a soldier in his heart and never forgot those with whom he had served. Besides travelling the world and jumping out of airplanes, he enjoyed playing golf with his Army buddies, running and competing in 2 marathons and many shorter races. He assisted other veterans as a volunteer for the
. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Stephanie (Hess) Foster; his son and best friend, William James Foster (Alison); grandchildren, Silas and Zoey Foster. He is also survived by his siblings, Granville J Foster III (Jan); Susan Barry-Levi (Jim); and Robert J. Foster (Susan); niece, Selena Foster; nephews, Michael Barry, Frederick J. Foster Jr. and Granville James Foster IV. He is pre-deceased by his parents; a daughter, Megan Elizabeth Foster; and his brother, Frederick J. Foster. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Fisher House Foundation; Soldier's Best Friends; and the
. The family wishes to thank the incredible, amazing staff at The Mayo Clinic Hospital, especially Dr. Amit K. Mathur and his transplant team and all of Bill's wonderful nurses. Also, heartfelt thanks are due to the caring staff at HealthSouth Rehab Center in Mesa. Funeral arrangements are courtesy of Lakeshore Mortuary in Mesa, AZ. Burial will take place on Friday, January 29, 2016 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix, AZ.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 24, 2016