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Phillip Ross COLEMAN



COLEMAN, Phillip Ross
Dec. 7, 1940 - Aug. 17, 2013
Phil was born in Ontario, California and raised by his mother and stepfather Agnes and Eugene Newcomb.

They moved to Northern California in 1957 where he stayed. He attended California State University Sacramento and graduated with a Master degree in Biology, later he went on to receive a doctorate from Western Colorado University in education.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years Claudia, daughter Amber Barger, grandson Taylor Hanamura, granddaughter Amanda Potter and 2 great grandchildren, Thomas and Aurora. He was also a foster parent to several children throughout the years.

Phil taught high school at Highlands High School for 4 years and then went on to teach the sciences at Sacramento City College for 38 years, from Natural History to Anatomy and Physiology for nursing students.

Phil was active in many organizations and groups. He was very involved with American River Muzzle Loaders, a primitive shooting and camping club. He enjoyed outings with the Capitol As, a group for owners and enthusiasts of Model A cars. He was a passionate follower of Christ and was active in his church, Fair Oaks Presbyterian, participated in the Paraclete counseling program there and led a lively Bible study in their home on Thursday evenings.

He was passionate about photography and he and Claudia took many trips around the country to take pictures of wildlife from bears in Alaska to baby animals in the Midwest. He enjoyed canoeing and took at least one trip every year to Canada and brought many different people along with him throughout the years. If you came by the house you might find him out in his woodshop making finely crafted items from bowls to cribbage boards, working in his beautiful yard or framing photos from one of his many trips.

A Memorial service will be held Wednesday, August 28 at 11:00am at Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church. Services will be performed by Pat and Barb Bennett, guest Pastors from Kansas and longtime friends.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Aug. 25, 2013
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