Phillip Dwight Byington (1947 - 2011)

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Phillip Dwight Byington passed away unexpectedly on October 23, 2011 at the age of 63 in Juneau, Alaska. His unmistakable hearty laugh will be missed by all.
Phillip (Phil) was born in McMinnville, Oregon in December 1947. The following year, his parents Glen and Gladys moved to Juneau, joining his father's brother William "Bill" Byington and wife Gussie. Phil's immediate family grew to include his sister Gwen and brother Bill. They lived in various places in Juneau, Star Hill, T Harbor and Fritz Cove Road. Phil graduated from Juneau Douglas High School and after working as forest fire fighter, studied Forestry at Shoreline Community College. Walking down a trail with Phil was like a field trip, he could identify all the surrounding foliage with authority. Although he worked various trades, owned his own excavation business, and later worked at airport maintenance, his great love was the water. He spent two seasons hand-trolling commercially then opted for the more leisurely life style of sport fishing. He owned a myriad of boats that he would constantly work on for optimum fishing ability. He could make bait at the end of his line wiggle and swim just perfect. He enjoyed sharing this knowledge with his son, Miles. The last few years the two spent a lot of time working on his small place out North Douglas, chopping firewood together and just visiting.
Phil loved Southeast Alaska. He was known in Tenakee Springs, Elfin Cove, Coffman Cove and with his latest cabin, Gustavus. If the cold got to him, he spent time in Costa Rica. Always quick on his feet, Phil was known for his fencing ability and was a fearless skier.
He is survived by his son, Miles Byington, his brother Bill, sister Gwen and former spouse, Jennifer Klein. He is preceded in death by his parent's Glen and Gladys.
A celebration of his life will be held on November 19th at the Juneau Yacht Club starting at 4:00 pm. It will be a pot luck affair, please bring something to eat and drink and a story to toast Phil's life. For more information call Miles at 723-0950 or Jennifer at 209-4280.
Oh, all the comrades e'er I had,
They're sorry for my going away,
And all the sweethearts e'er I had,
They'd wish me one more day to stay,
But since it falls unto my lot,
That I should rise and you should not,
I gently rise and softly call,
Good night and joy be with you all.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Nov. 9 to Nov. 16, 2011