David Wayne Phillips
February 17, 1967 – May 2, 2019
David Phillips – our funny, chill, athletic husband, daddy, son, brother, uncle, and friend – passed from this life to the next on Thursday, May 2, 2019.
David was born February 17, 1967, in Dallas, Texas to Donald Reed Phillips and Patsy Dane Delaney Phillips. He graduated from Richardson High School in 1985, received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991, and a Master of Business Administration from St. Edwards University in 1996. During his working career, David was with Motorola for 7 years and Dell Technologies for 14 years.
While attending UT, David met Allison Matthews and after a year of Allison setting him up with her friends, he finally convinced her that she was the person he wanted to be with, and they became a couple. They were married in Austin on May 14, 1995. David and Allison joined University Presbyterian Church (UPC) shortly before their marriage and quickly became faithful members. Their family has participated in UPC’s Annual All-Church Retreats at Mo-Ranch, where David and Allison led the children’s programs. They have participated in their church’s border mission project, traveling to Reynosa, Mexico during their spring breaks to build homes for homeless families through Faith Ministry. They have also been active in children’s ministry at UPC, serving as preschool Bridge to Worship leaders for over 15 years. All 5 of their children were baptized at UPC and 4 have been confirmed there.
David’s family life and personal interests in sports, athletics, and fitness were intertwined and he was a role model for his children. David was a wrestler in high school, competing in the state championship as a senior. Throughout his adult life, he competed in numerous marathons, ultramarathons, and triathlons, many of which were fundraising races. He completed 3 Ironman triathlons – one with Allison. The epitome of an active and environmentalist lifestyle, David cycled 35 miles round trip to work at Dell, year round, and would take lunch breaks to run or swim with coworkers. He encouraged and supported Allison and his children in their sports and fitness activities, leading Austin Youth Fitness cycling and running camps, coaching flag football, basketball, lacrosse, and baseball teams, and attending nearly every game and meet, learning the rules and strategies of all the various sports his 5 active children participate in. His favorite way to be active was simply playing with his children. Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and other special times were celebrated with family trail runs, swimming, biking, kayaking, body surfing, skiing, sledding, Rangers games, and Longhorn games.
David’s energy and enthusiasm were balanced by his humble, quiet strength and spiritual centeredness. He was much loved by all who knew him, and his kind and gentle presence will be greatly missed.
David is survived by his wife, Allison, and he leaves a legacy in his daughters, Laney, Sally, Ellie, and Lucy, and his son, Liam. He is also survived by his mother, Patsy Phillips; his father, Don Phillips, and stepmother, Carollee Phillips; his brother, Reed Phillips, sister-in-law, Alisa Phillips, and nephews, Nathanael and Cody; his stepbrothers, Cary Mellema and Dean Mellema; his stepsister, Gayna Mellema; his stepfather, Myron Lazar; his sister-in-law, Emily Roe, brother-in-law, Matt Roe, nephew, Davis, and niece, Mary; his mother-in-law, Carol Rigby-Hiebert, and her husband, Tommy Hiebert; his father-in-law, Shannon Matthews, and his wife, Deborah McRoberts; and many extended family members and dear friends.
In lieu of flowers for his service, please honor David’s life by donating to these non-profit organizations that have been important to David and his family:
Beyond Batten Disease Foundation – https://beyondbatten.org/donate/
Faith Ministry – https://faithministry.org/give/
Micah 6 of Austin – bit.ly/2PN50HC (512) 478-8559 Ext. 206
The Trail Foundation – https://thetrailfoundation.org/give/ways-to-give/honor-a-loved-one/
UPLift Fund at University Presbyterian Church – https://upcaustin.org/online-giving-and-pledges
Wonders & Worries – https://www.wondersandworries.org/donate/ or a charity of your choice.
- Memorial Service Saturday, May 11, 2019
David Wayne Phillips
May 19, 2019
“Iron Man,” “Flips,” we will miss you. The man to whom a 30-mile bike commute was no biggie. The man who always greeted you with a smile. The man who was caring and conscientious. A man who made you feel like you’ve known him forever. What an example of strength and courage. You were a true gentleman... kind, funny, smart, with a quick wit. Thank you for your example. I will never forget you. God bless you and your family. Rest knowing you made a positive impact on all you met, including me.
Jeff Balch & Chris Phillips
May 10, 2019
Three life-long friends- from West Junior High through wrestling/Richardson High School, learning and maturing at UT, dating/settling down , it’s always been these 3.
Thank you David for more laughs than should fit in a lifetime, your presence at weddings and births of children, your selfless support through the challenges of life. You always seemed to be first, in races, with grades, Playing you are “it”, and now you even had to beat us to heaven.
We’re celebrating your final victory that you’re first to heaven and missing you back here on earth.
Chris & Jeff
May 6, 2019
You are a blessing to all, especially to your family. You are missed.
May 6, 2019
David and I worked together at Dell. I came to know him better in the workplace and respected his hard work and ethics. As time went by, I came to know just how impressive he was as an athlete and competitor even as he was humble about it. Then as more time went, I gained glimpses into his private life and came to know him as a father and husband with a large and thriving family. He always seemed to have a great relationship with his kids and wife. He had so many layers that it was hard to see them all. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.
May 6, 2019
David - your heart is big and and our heart is missing a HUGE piece. We love you and love YOUR family.
May 6, 2019
God bless you David. You will be missed.