Philip Robert Pellette

Philip Robert Pellette, 80, a former resident of Los Alamos, passed away peacefully in Livermore, Calif., on April 27 following a long-term illness. He was preceded in death by his wife Margot I. Pellette, and is survived by their four children Andrea with husband Gerald, Philip with wife Lara, Denise, and Thomas with wife Stephanie, as well as nine grandchildren, his sister Betty, brother-in-law Arthur, and niece Myrill with family.
Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., Phil Pellette became an enthusiastic resident of New Mexico while working as engineer on the lunar module project at White Sands. He later moved his family to Los Alamos and worked for Los Alamos Lab and LATA in the 1970s. During that time, Pellette launched a youth sports program in White Rock and might well have been the first unofficial soccer coach in town.
He was also active in the community in other ways, served as board member of LACU, was president of the VFW and is also remembered for his dedicated efforts at El Mirador Home for Boys. His desire to help others on their way to obtaining a good education led him to establish a scholarship at New Mexico State University, where Pellette himself received his master's degree.
Pellette later started his own consulting business, Pellette and Associates, based in Louisiana and eventually retired in the New Orleans area. After losing his home in Hurricane Katrina and suffering from a number of health issues, Pellette relocated to California where he spent the remaining years of his life near his son Philip and wife Lara Telle.
Phil Pellette, affectionately known to his sister as "Buz" and to his grandchildren as "Blue", will be remembered by his family and friends for his keen mind, his love of music and capacity for remembering the lyrics of countless songs, for his enthusiasm for and interest in travel and people, as well as for teaching the younger generations how to play Kick the Can.
A memorial service will be held on May 26, 2013 on Long Island, NY, near where Phil was born and raised.
Published in Los Alamos Monitor from May 17 to May 19, 2013