Don Phillips(1926 - 2014)

Don William Phillips, 87, of Ammon, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

Don was born Oct. 21, 1926, in Downey, Idaho, to William Edward Phillips and Alta Vivian Perkins Phillips. He grew up and attended schools in Downey and graduated from Downey High School. He also attended and graduated from the Naval Train-ing School in Pocatello.

He proudly served as a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific and China.

On Feb. 27, 1948, he married Helen Janiel Swen- son in Malad, Idaho. To this union were born three beautiful daughters: Kathy, Marilyn and Joyce. Don and Janiel made their home in Idaho Falls for five years, then moved to Ammon, where they have lived ever since.

Don worked as a carpenter and carpenters superintendent for Ovard & Collins and Aiman Construction until his retirement in 1988.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He enjoyed golf, gardening, fishing, hunting, woodworking, storytelling and being "Papa Don." Don is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Janiel Phillips of Ammon; daughters, Kathy (Ken) Top of Idaho Falls, Marilyn (Norman) Harker of Vancouver, Wash., and Joyce (Chad) Byington of Idaho Falls; brothers, Grant Phillips of Downey, Terry Phillips of Blackfoot and Drew Phillips of Jerome, Idaho; sisters, Blanche (Emery) McConnell of Indianapolis, Nathel (Doris) Thomas of Sterling, Idaho, Jane (Glade) Davis of Downey and Merlynn Anderson of Blackfoot; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Keith, Dean and Max Phillips.

Funeral services will be held at noon Monday, Jan. 13, at the Ammon LDS 6th Ward, 2150 Avocet Ave., with President Randy Hurley officiating. The family will visit with friends from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Wood Funeral Home East Side, 963 S. Ammon Road, and from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be in Ammon Cemetery. Military rites will be performed by the Bonneville County Veterans Memorial Team and Idaho Honor Guard.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at

Funeral Home

Wood Funeral Home East Side
963 South Ammon Road Idaho Falls, ID 83406
(208) 522-2992

Published in Post Register on Jan. 10, 2014