JAMES HARMON PHELPS, M. D.
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James Phelps passed away at home on August 8, 2013. He was born in San Diego, CA on May 22, 1930, the son of Annie Irene and Newell Butler Phelps. He is survived by his wife Lorraine Phelps, his first wife, Dee Phelps, his children Ann Phelps, Reed Phelps, Susie Cruger, Karen Skvarna, and Newell Phelps, his son-in-law Eric Skvarna, his daughter-in-law Kathy Phelps, his brother, John Phelps, and his sister-in-laws, Margaret Phelps and Norma Phelps. Dr. Phelps has ten grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, William Phelps.
Dr. Phelps grew up in San Diego, California, attended San Diego State, and completed his medical training at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City. He established his medical practice as a Family Practitioner in the City of Upland and was on staff at San Antonio Community Hospital.
Dr. Phelps participated in a program of physician volunteers who worked in South Vietnam during 1965. He served as a local president of the Boys Club of America and supported philanthropic efforts in the local community. He spent countless hours assisting the people of the City of San Felipe, Mexico, where he often visited and vacationed. Dr. Phelps gathered donations of clothing and medicine and provided food, shelter, bicycles, and vehicles to many in the community over the past 35 years. He established
cherished friendships, and his work in San Felipe was a source of joy and pride.
Dr. Phelps was an avid reader, loved to work with his hands, and tirelessly tinkered in his garage. His quest for knowledge was among his greatest passions. Jim greatly enjoyed family trips to San Diego, Lake Powell, Glamis, and Cow Ranch. His adventurous spirit was a source of excitement and fun for his family. He will be profoundly missed by his family, friends, colleagues and all of those whose lives he
The Phelps family will have a celebration of Dr. Phelps' life at his home on Sunday August 25 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM.
Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on Aug. 16, 2013