DENNIS PHILLIPS
1947 - 2020
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Dennis Glenn Phillips peacefully passed surrounded by family July 17, 2020 at his home in Riverside, CA. Born and raised in Ogden, UT, he attended St. Joseph Catholic High School and shined as an all-star student-athlete in basketball. He graduated from Weber State College and served in the US Army in Vietnam. Dennis married the love of his life, Nancy Brockmeier, and they moved to CA to raise their family. The original "Girl-Dad", he coached his daughter's and wife's softball & soccer teams for many years, attended every school function and was a master of ponytails and braids. A long-time resident of Chino and Riverside, Dennis worked for the IRS for 35 years and was on faculty at UC Riverside before retiring and starting Dennis G. Phillips and Associates Inc. He was an avid golfer and active member of Canyon Crest Country Club for 25 years. He treasured family, friends and above all, being "Nonno". Spontaneous golf cart rides, spoiling his girls, and singing babies to sleep were among his many specialties. His playful personality lit up any room and he was the life of every party. His kindness, work-ethic and integrity inspired students, colleagues and clients, many of whom became life-long friends. We will remember his intense love of life, golf, music, Angels and Lakers. His quick-witted humor, infectious laughter, guidance and grace will be sorely missed. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Nancy, his daughters Carrie Westerhout (Fritz), Erin Ortega (Sonny) and Joy Gipson (Mike), his granddaughters, Charlie, Cameryn, Aubrey, Kate and Madeleine, his sister Glenda Smith (Bob), nieces and nephews, Robyn, Alex, Kevin, Brian, Nicole, Madelyn and his mother, Elva, who will turn 100 in October. A celebration of Dennis' life will be held at a later date. Remembrances in his honor may be made to Donovanssmile.org.


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Published in Orange County Register on Jul. 26, 2020.
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August 10, 2020
Dennis skillfully handled our taxes for many years. We never worried about anything because we knew we were in good hands! We are heartbroken over the loss of this dear person, who became our friend over the many years we knew him. May his family and all who loved him find comfort in the many good memories they share of him. Rest in peace, Dennis
Ron & Susan Neese
Friend
August 10, 2020
Dennis has skillfully handled our taxes for many years. We never worried about anything because we knew we were in good hands! We are heartbroken over the loss of this dear person, who became our friend over the many years we knew him. May his family and all who loved him find comfort in the many good memories they share of him. Rest in peace, Dennis
Ron & Susan Neese
Friend
August 8, 2020
Dennis will be truly missed . He was great at his profession and a joy to talk to , especially when it came to his family and the fur babies too .
Ruth M. and Nancy Martinez
August 7, 2020
Hi Nancy : I am so sorry for the loss of your dear husband, Dennis. Dennis was my first Appeals Team Manager when I started joining the IRS Appeals in 2001 and I had an opportunity to see you and some of your children in Dennis’ retirement luncheon .
No one can ever replace the love that Dennis had for you and his family. My sincere sympathies go out to you and your family during this difficult period. May the fond memories of Dennis bring you and your family’s comfort during this difficult period. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.
Sincerely,
Carol Nguyen
Carol Nguyen
Coworker
August 6, 2020
Nancy and Family,

Dennis was a trusted business advisor who turned into a faithful friend. Always their for teaching and guidance with a sweet soul. I was so saddened to hear of his passing. He will truly be missed. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Robyn Smith
Friend
July 29, 2020
Dennis was not only are CPA we also considered him a friend when we got together we always talk about family and our vacations and we always had a great time on the golf course.
Dennis you will be dearly missed.
Love Kim and Joe
Kim Timoney
Friend
July 26, 2020
Rich: First met Dennis at the old Van Nuys Training Center in Sept. of 1972. It was my first day of IRS classroom instructing and his first day of being a trainee. He had just arrived from Ogden Utah. After 13 weeks of teaching Dennis and others, I'm still to this day not sure who learned the most from that exchange. At the end of his initial training, Dennis was sent to his new POD in Orange CA and his Audit Manager was Pat.

Pat: After his initial training was completed, Dennis came to my Audit group in early 1973. He was a welcomed addition from the very start. There have been many special memories Rich and I have shared with Dennis, Nancy and family.

Pat and I feel we were very fortunate to have been with Dennis from the very beginning. There were many athletic, social and work events that we have shared over the years; too numerous to mention ! When I retired from the IRS in 2002 and Pat in 2003, he talked to both groups about his time with the each of us. He especially thanked us for our initial guidance that helped him get his start with the IRS. We have lost a great friend; one that we will never forget.
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Richard and Patricia Kintz
Friend
July 25, 2020
Everyone liked Dennis the moment they met him. I met him in 1988 at an IRS Appeals Managers’ Meeting and we were quickly friends . Wasn’t everyone his friend? He was so much fun to be around. I will mostly miss his great wit and charm. The world is sadder without Dennis and he will be in our hearts and memories forever.
Lynn Elliott
Coworker
July 25, 2020
Thank you Dennis for taking such great care of my sister. I liked you from the first time I met you. You were always a great guy, someone to look up to. Enjoy your place in Heaven!
Fred Brockmeier
July 25, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Marjo Soumeru
Friend
July 24, 2020
Definitely one of the "good guys"!
Margaret Williams
Classmate
July 24, 2020
We will miss you so much but will also remember all the memories we made with you. We love you Dennis and until we can share another glass of wine, dinner or a Bacardi and Diet Coke, stay cool and keep on Karaoking! Always in our heart and thoughts..... Emery and Perri
Emery and Perri Somody
Friend
July 24, 2020
immediately liked Dennis from the moment I first met him in 1984. Dennis was an IRS appeals officer in Riverside at that time and I had just moved to San Diego as the manager in charge of the Riverside. Office. I found Dennis to be extremely gregarious, warm, friendly and intelligent. We became good friends over the following 16 years as I selected him to manage the Riverside office as I moved on to other positions. I had the pleasure of golfing with him on several occasions and he was always the same, funny wonderful human being. He had such a winning smile and attitude about life. It was a blessing for me to know Dennis and to become a friend. He truly loved his family and was so proud of his daughters.
James Elliott
Friend
July 24, 2020
My heart is broken with the loss of Dennis. I started my account with him when Lynda Burton passed away. Being a business owner and friend with Dennis became a simple assurance that all was well. He had a heart for us that was terrified of the IRS! I referred him to my family and close friends as I always felt we were in good hands. We shared world views and simple miracles This world loss a blessed soul.we know that God and heaven rejoyces!
Marie Mahaffey
July 24, 2020
I will always remember Dennis as a great friend & co-manager in the Riverside Appelals Office. Dennis became the 1st Associate Chief in Riversie Appeals in 1987 & when a second group was formed in 1988, he encouraged me to apply for the position for which I was later selected. We always worked well together as we complmented & helped each other. Dennis had the appeals experience & I had more managerial experience at the time I went to Appeals from the Examination Division. We had some great times in Appeals. We were referred to as the Riverside renegades by the other Associate Chiefs in our District. I will always remember the classic April Fool's joke we pulled on our employees one year. It was classic! We met early in the morning after we had a phone call with the Chief of Appeals. When we emerged from Dennis' office, we had a short meeting with the employees of each group. We informed them that the Chief directed us to switch groups--Dennis would supervise my employees & I would supervise his from the next day forward. The employees were livid. We kept the charade going all day with straight faces. I don't think much work was accomplished that day. We did at end of day inform the employees that it was an April Fool's joke .

Dennis you will be missed. I cannot forget when you departed this life as you passed away on La Donna's & mine wedding anniversary. Rest in peace old friend!!
Richard L. Behm
Coworker
July 24, 2020
I remember with great fondness when Dennis would have coffee with those of us in Collection and Exam back in the old 3610 Central Ave., Riverside, CA office. He always brought a lot to the table with his conversation and insight. He will be missed.
Don Honaker
Coworker
July 24, 2020
I am shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Dennis' passing. I remember him well from working for Appeals for 23 years. He could always make me laugh and feel good for the rest of the day when we had any business dealings. He was a joy to know and work with. The world is a little less happy and bright without him. Goodbye Dennis,
Charlene A Stacy
Coworker
July 24, 2020
I went to school with Dennis through our whole elementary and high school experiences. He lived a block away from me as children, and we often walked to school together. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was a good friend. No one is more deserving of eternal love and peace than Dennis. I remember him fondly.
Lou Ann (Martinez) Kamigaki
Friend
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