Philip Harper

Philip R. Harper
December 27, 1935 - May 28, 2013
Philip R. Harper, 77, of Nampa, passed away at home of natural causes on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. Phil was born to Almon "Dan" Harper and Ruth Sullivan Harper (Bean) in Centralia, WA, on December 27, 1935. He moved to Long Beach, CA, at the age of 11. In 1954 Dad joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed at various locations including Okinawa, Japan. He received a National Defense Service Medal and an honorable discharge in 1957. Phil married his sweetheart, Carol J. Carlson, on May 14, 1960. Together they raised three children: Ricky, Randall and Sheri. They moved to Greenacres, WA, for a short time and then to Boise where they co-owned and operated a few businesses with Dad's childhood friend Dan Hebden (Boise Brake & Wheel, Idaho Wholesale Brake Supply, and Wilkes Auto Parts). In the '80s they moved to Seattle where they owned and operated Friction Services before returning to the Treasure Valley.
Dad was a devoted Christian and held a strong faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He had a beautiful baritone voice and sang solos in church. Phil loved football - especially BSU! He was a wizard at crossword puzzles, brain teasers, and loved to tell corny jokes. He was a member of the Nampa First Church of the Nazarene.
Phil is survived by son, Ricky (Kelly) Harper of Springfield, VA; daughter, Sheri (Mark) Murray of Nampa, ID; brother, David Harper, of Omak, WA; sisters-in-law Marjorie Harper, Wilma Harper and Audrey Ahrens; eleven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol; son, Randall; grandson, Lars; brother, Delbert; father, mother and step-father, Merrill Bean, and his best friend Dan Hebden.
Phil's children would like to give a special thank you to caregiver Dee Perrigan who helped make life simpler for Dad these past few years. In lieu of flowers please donate to Dad's favorite charity, Love, Inc., in Nampa. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at the Idaho State Veteran's Cemetery, 10100 Horseshoe Bend Road, Boise. Arrangements are being handled by Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel in Nampa.


Published in Idaho Press Tribune on June 16, 2013