Phil Godfrey

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Born in Seattle on August 4th, 1933, Phil passed on to a better place on September 4th, 2015 after a short illness. Raised in Seattle in part a child of a broken marriage, foster care and boarding homes as well as relatives, he completed Seattle's Lincoln High School as a City star athlete in both basketball and baseball. So good that he started his working career as a Bakery truck driver and a semi-pro baseball player. Good enough to be offered a pro baseball contract with teammate Ron Santo, (future Cubs star), however he decided that for his families and his future, he could do better as a contract trucker. His trucking business merged with Acme Asphalt, later to become Red Samm Mining and diversified into Lakeside Industries working in Washington, Oregon, Hawaii and Alaska.
Phil preferred to follow the construction arm of the businesses and in1973 he came to Juneau as the contract award winner to re-pave Juneau's International Airport runway. Phil saw a future in construction in Juneau and other communities in Southeast Alaska which also led to an interest into land development for both residential and commercial subdivisions. In 1977 he purchased all of Red Samm Mining, renaming the firm Red Samm Construction, Inc. Both construction and land development needs for Southeast grew, with his firm constructing or re-constructing runways, streets and highways in Wrangell, Ketchikan, Petersburg and Juneau. His land development efforts in Juneau's east Mendenhall Valleys was about 50% of the subdivisions, streets and roadway improvements including but not limited to Riverwood, Lakewood, Hidden Lakes, Vintage Business Park and a large land area that has become the site of Thunder Mountain High School, Riverside Elementary School, Mendenhall Valley Pool and Library and other public and private facilities. He brought paved streets to Juneau's subdivisions before it became a requirement of CBJ development regulations. His concerns for Juneau's Mendenhall Valley area led him to the development of Juneau's first private recreation facility, the Juneau Racquet Club.
During the late 70's and 80's, in the Lemon Creek Valley and the Douglas Island areas, after purchasing private land holding's, he developed land for the future COSTCO and Alaska Brewery facility, commercial needs, housing in the Channel Heights, Crow Hill area's and Bayview Subdivision in North Douglas.
In the mid 1980's, Phil acquired another construction firm in the Anchorage area and began working in Alaska's Interior, Kodiak and the Alaska chain. He sold his Red Samm Construction and other Juneau businesses to his employee's whom continued to achieve high construction standards as SECON, Inc., that was later sold to an International construction firm. His Interior construction firm was sold to a group that included his son Doug and others who continues to work in Alaska.
Phil retired to the Seattle area to run a roofing construction business and enjoy golfing, card playing and vacations to Hawaii until his departure to a better place. Phil did well for himself in life, but also others including the community areas of the City and Borough of Juneau.
He left his wife Cheryl, his son Doug, daughters Jan (Foreman) and Joan (Williams) and sister Val Johnson and many grandchildren.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Dec. 30, 2015 to Jan. 29, 2016