Steven Dennis Phillips Sr
Our loving father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend passed away peacefully Wednesday morning November 10, 2021 in Ogden, Utah. He will be deeply missed by those who loved him dearly. He leaves behind two sisters. Connie Yandell and Elner Phillips, 5 children, Stephanie Phillips, Melanie (Matt Adams) Phillips, Steve Phillips Jr., Mary Darlene, and Karena Miller, 9 grandchildren, Brittney Nicolle Steward, Samantha Ann Hardy, David Gage Steward, Hayleigh Jade Connery, Micheal Sean Connery Jr., Baylee M’leesa Steward, Shelbi Fay Hardy, Mattison Reed Phillips, and Zoey Grace Demasters. He is to be reunited with loved ones who have gone before him. His mother and father, Wilda and Elmer Phillips, his brothers Ted and George Oberg, his sister Alma Valenzuela, his first love Grace Masters, his last love Janice Phillips, and his son Eric Miller.
Steve was born on November 29, 1950 in Selma California. He was the youngest of 6 kids. Having a twin like relationship with his sister Elner. He married Grace Masters in June 1971, helping to raise her daughter Darlene and then they had his twin girls in July 1971. They later divorced. Steve went on to marry Janice Phillips in 1975, helping to raise her two children from a previous marriage, Karena and Eric. They went on to have Steve Jr in January of 1977. They settled in Fresno California, where they lived until Janice passed away in November of 2014. Steve moved to North Ogden Utah in November of 2015 to be with his twin girls. About two years ago, Steve and Grace reconnected and became good friends as well as pen pals. Texting and speaking on the phone on a dailey basis, until the passing of Grace in September 2021.
Steve was an Auto Mechanic specializing in German cars. He worked for Lloyds Autowerkstatt for years. He left Lloyds to go work for his long time friend Dale at Dales Automotive, working along side his little buddy Dan Diaz. He retired in 2015 and moved to Utah. He loved to play the drums! He even played in the Selma High School marching band. He also played in the very first Selma Band Festival. You could always hear dad tapping on something. He loved the warm sunshine and spent a lot of time on the deck out back just sitting in the sun. He also liked to tinker around and was always fixing something and he was very good at it. Steve was a family man and taught his children at a young age the value of honesty, a good work ethic and that family is everything.
Our loving father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend will be missed dearly. We have plans to take him to California, where we will have a celebration of his life in the springtime. The family would like to give a special thanks to the Doctors and Nurses at McKay Dee Hospital for the wonderfull loving care you have given to our father.