Philip H. Dillard
Well folks I'm sorry I had to leave, God was calling me home.
Philip H. Dillard left his devoted Wife, Family and Friends March 24th, 2013 while watching T.V. Born in Oklahoma City Dec. 11, 1934 to Paul and Margaret Dillard. Phil was a loving Father and Husband he had many interests, he loved a challenge and liked to learn new things mostly through experience. Phil served as a clerk-typist he typed his own orders. He earned a Master's Degree from Bloomington, Ind. And a Doctorate from Syracuse, NY. He also earned many awards and was recognized for many accomplishments during his 25 year career at SUU as an educator. Phil loved his job and never considered retirement as a option. Phil was active with his church and held several positions. He sang in the choir until his health interfered. Phil was preceded in death by his Father, Mother and Dickie. He is survived by his Brother: David (Clainey) Dillard of Las Vegas, NM. Sister: Dianne (Jim) Yoder of Highland, CA. Philip married Phyllis and had two Children LeeAnn (Eric) Bowman, Albuquerque, NM and Son: Jeff (Sherrie) Las Cruces, NM. Grandchildren: Alison Munyos and Robbie Dillard. Phil and Phyllis divorced then he married the love of his life Jill Nichols and spent the rest of his life enjoying her company and companionship, Jill has two Children: Shannon (Randy) Wastradowski, El Paso, TX. And Gordon Mark Harris, St. George, UT. Grandchildren: Kyle and Kiana Wastradowski and Brian Harris from Columbus, IN. Phil and Jill loved to camp and travel to Colima, Mexico to visit Jill's twin Sister Judy. They traveled to Washington DC, Gettysburg and the East Coast. They traveled and camped through the Yukon and then to Alaska where Jill panned for gold in Dawson Creek.
Phil loved new adventures and found time to compose and write two books, he loved Gilbert and Sullivan; How Quaint the Ways of Paradox and Sir Arthur Sullivan. His next interest was fixing, repairing and painting; first it was Volkswagens, and then Fiats. He found one in Bear Valley rotting away behind an old cabin; he restored it and drove it to work a 61 Fiat.
Phil's health was the only thing that made him slow down. Jill had experience in Home Health/Geriatrics and tried to make life better. Phil was battling Diabetes and its complications. Jill met Phil while he was teaching ASL for the deaf at Ellensburg, WA CMU.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 6th, 2013 at 11:00 AM in The Trinity Lutheran Church (410 E 1935 N) in Cedar City, UT (across from Fiddler's Elementary).
Phil will be greatly missed by Family and Friends. Well folks, God is starting up a new choir and he needs a bass!
Many thanks to Swindlehurst Funeral Home they're terrific.
On line condolences may be sent to www.swindlehurstfuneralhome.com