Philip Wolz Liston|
Dec 29,1941-June 30,2014
Resident of Walnut Creek
Phil passed away suddenly while enjoying a walk at the Lafayette reservoir. He touched many lives with his warm, generous and caring personality. His interest in helping others led to a lifetime of volunteer work, and his love of travel brought him around the world.
Born in Houston, Phil was an Eagle Scout when he graduated from Lamar High School, earned a bachelor's degree from William Jewell College in Missouri, attended the University of Texas and the University of Albuquerque before going into the Peace Corps in Colombia. Phil then moved to San Francisco working for Wells Fargo until he retired as an Assistant Vice President in commercial real estate. Phil then became a full-time volunteer. He co-founded the Northern California Return Peace Corps Volunteer organization, became its vice-president and then president, co-coordinated the 1993 National Peace Corps Conference held at UC Berkeley, and was a member of the Grants Committee of the Peace Corps return group. He was hired to work at the Peace Corps as a recruiter in the San Francisco office. In the last ten years, Phil has volunteered each Tuesday at the Alameda County Food Bank hotline, as well as working during the winter holidays as an employee. He also volunteered in Berkeley at Newman Center for Loaves and Fishes, at the Men's Shelter, and had recently joined the Outreach Committee, St. Perpetua Church in Lafayette.
Phil loved to travel, and after returning from Colombia he continued with many trips, including a solo trip to West Africa in 1987, numerous trips to Europe and a nine- month trip around the world through 13 countries. His many other activities included swimming, hiking and walking.
Survivors include his wife Joan and brother Eric, as well as many cousins throughout the country.
Celebration of Mass at St. Perpetua Church, Lafayette on July 17 at 10 a.m., followed by a Gathering and Reception in Walnut Creek. Burial will be private on Friday. Donations can be made to: Northern California Return Peace Corps, Grants Committee Alameda County Food Bank Loaves and Fishes, Newman Center Berkeley or, St. Perpetua Church: 925-283-0272
Published in Contra Costa Times on July 13, 2014