Glenn William Phillips

January 7, 1930October 12, 2020

Glenn William Phillips was born in Phoenix, Arizona on January 7, 1930 to Grace (Rand) and William Phillips. While attending Phoenix Community College, Glenn met Mary Phillips, who happened to have the same last name. They soon fell in love and were married on December 19, 1948. While Mary continued her education, Glenn enlisted in the United States Air Force on February 1, 1951. After serving in the Air Force during the Korean War, Glenn continued his service by volunteering in the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force – the Civil Air Patrol. Over the years, he participated in many CAP search and rescue missions in wilderness mountain areas. Glenn was an independent agent for Farmers Insurance for 25 years while indulging in his passion for flying. Glenn began flying lessons in August 1946 when he was only 16. He obtained his private license a year later, in 1947, and his commercial license 10 years later. In 1946, Sky Harbor Airport had only one east-west runway (paved). He would take off on it but had to land on a dirt area south of the runway, then taxi across to park while directed by hand-held lights, not radios. Glenn bought his first plane, a Ryan PT-22, in 1957 when he was 27. He owned five additional airplanes over the next 22 years. His final plane was his dream plane – an 8-seat Beechcraft 18/C-45 with an executive interior including a toilet! Glenn was also an avid hunter and enjoyed camping and hiking into his 80s. When he was no longer able to enjoy the outdoor activities in northern Arizona that he so loved, he found joy in gardening and working on various projects in his small workshop. Glenn passed away on October 12, 2020 at home surrounded by his loving family. Glenn is survived by his wife of 72 years, Mary, daughters, Gale (Emery) Lee, and Connie Phillips (Bud Humphreville), and three grandchildren, Laura, Eric, and Kurt Eyring, along with several other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Grace Phillips, and brother, Milton Phillips.


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Twila Eyring

October 15, 2020

Today Kurt told me that his grandfather Glenn Phillips died on Monday. I am sorry to hear of the death of your father. It is never easy to say goodbye. I'm glad you had the opportunity to live across the street from your parents for many years. Time with family is time well spent.


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