Phil was born to Irene and Larry Haskell on July 4th 1943, the third of six boys. He passed away on May 15, 2014 surrounded by his loving family.
After High School he enlisted in the Coast Guard and served our country in Neah Bay, Washington. His duties were search and rescue even during the Tsunami of 1964. After the Coast Guard, Phil decided he would come home to Salt Lake City, where fireworks flew when he met his best friend, and love of his life Judy. From the moment he saw her, he knew that Judy was going to be his wife. They married 5 months later and just celebrated their 47th anniversary.
Phil's occupation as a truck driver took them to many cities. Their first daughter Claudette was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and their second daughter Melanie was born in Logan, Utah. The next adventure was in Butte, Montana, where they loved to fish, hunt and camp.
Phil was a cowboy at heart, which really came out in Big Sky country. His job then took them to Pocatello, Idaho where they finished raising their daughters. In 1990, his job with the Army National Guard brought them to the Treasure Valley.
He retired from the Army in 2004 giving 22 years of service to his country. He enjoyed wood working, bowling and traveling across the nation. Phil never knew a stranger. He had such an amazing sense of humor. There are many memories of side splitting moments at Phil's house. He will be missed.
Survived by his wife Judy, daughter Claudette (Corbit) grandsons Cameron and Cayson, daughter Melanie (Steve) grandchildren Bailee, Hope, Dylan and Alexis, brothers Eugene, Richard, Craig, Terry, Kevin and their families.
Memorial contributions can be given to Idaho National Guard and Reserve Family Support Fund. Attn. Monique, 4040 W. Guard St. Boise, ID 83705.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Meridian United Methodist Church of the Warm Heart, 240 E. Idaho Ave., Meridian, on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 with a viewing from 9-9:45 AM and a service at 10:00 AM A reception will follow at the church. A military graveside service will be held at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery at 2:00 PM. Remembrances may be left for the family at www.AccentFuneral.com. Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home.
Accent Funeral Home
1303 North Main Street Meridian, ID 83642
Published in Idaho Statesman on May 25, 2014