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Pacific Beach – La Jolla Chapel

4710 Cass Street, San Diego, CA

OBITUARY

Franklin Wayne Phillips

April 1, 1945May 6, 2020

Frank W. Phillips, age 75, died peacefully at his home in Pacific Beach, California, on May 6, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Jeannette Da’Vee Phillips, his sons Matthew and Joshua Phillips of San Diego, and his sister, Kathryn Trice of Oklahoma and many in-laws. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Patricia Phillips.

Frank was born in Louisiana on April 1, 1945 and raised in Miami, Oklahoma. At 18 years old, he moved to Oregon with a friend to work as choker setter. After serving in the Navy he settled in Mission Beach in the 1960’s. Frank completed college courses and earned his Architectural license. He owned his own architecture firm and worked in the design and build industry for over 50 years, where he renovated and built many homes in San Diego. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Jeannette. Together, they co-owned their business, Phillips Design+Build.

Frank was a loving and kind husband, father and brother. Frank was the ultimate cool guy. He was known for his quick wit and great sense of humor that he maintained even through his illness. Frank was a lifelong car enthusiast; he especially worked on antique, muscle cars, and off-road vehicles. He proudly displayed his auto works of art at local car shows.

Frank and Jeannette loved their second home and many friends at the Colorado River where Frank was a popular figure. He has many extended friends and family who will miss his larger than life presence at family gatherings and parties. Frank was always the life and soul of any party. He was loved by everyone he met and his loss will leave a hole in many hearts.

A celebration of life will held be in San Diego, after the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. Date and time to be determined.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.pacificbeachchapel.com for the Phillips family.

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Charlotte Killeen

May 18, 2020

Dear frank,
Thank you for all you did for me.
You taught me how to make your favorite meal, mac and cheese with hotdogs. You would play “kickball” with me when I got home from school. You let me annoy you for many many years when I was younger. You came to my kindergarten valentine’s day party because my parents were working. You picked me up from school when i needed a ride. You introduced me to Judge Judy. You let me take naps on your stomach. You and jeannette always did so much for me and catherine when we were little. The best babysitters i know, you taught me all i know. I’m sorry for making you shave your beard that one time you changed my diaper. also for always informing you on my boy problems. Thank you for letting me watch aladdin 100 times on your tv because it was the only one that still had vhs. Thank you for telling me to go home everytime I tried to run away. Thank you for teaching me to buy cheap wine for the people we don’t like. And for letting me have a few sips every now and then. But most of all, thank you for being my best friend. I love you.

Charlotte Killeen

May 18, 2020

Dear frank,
Thank you for all you did for me.
You taught me how to make your favorite meal, mac and cheese with hotdogs. You would play “kickball” with me when I got home from school. You let me annoy you for many many years when I was younger. You came to my kindergarten valentine’s day party because my parents were working. You picked me up from school when i needed a ride. You introduced me to Judge Judy. You let me take naps on your stomach. You and jeannette always did so much for me and catherine when we were little. The best babysitters i know, you taught me all i know. I’m sorry for making you shave your beard that one time you changed my diaper. also for always informing you on my boy problems. Thank you for letting me watch aladdin 100 times on your tv because it was the only one that still had vhs. Thank you for telling me to go home everytime I tried to run away. Thank you for teaching me to buy cheap wine for the people we don’t like. And for letting me have a few sips every now and then. But most of all, thank you for being my best friend. I love you.

Craig and Kathi Herman

May 18, 2020

Frank has been such an important part of our lives for so many years that his loss is monumental to both of us. From our first meeting aboard a cruise ship 31 years ago, Frank won our hearts with his quick wit and charm, not to mention his tall stature acting as our body guard throughout the streets of Puerto Rico. Frank was a popular weekend resident at Water Wheel Resort, loved by everyone he met. We shared many years there, waist deep in the Colorado River solving the world's problems over a bottle of MGD while watching the sunset. Frank was a great car enthusiast from dune buggies and antiques to muscle cars and he was always willing to share that expertise. Frank was most notably a gifted and talented architect. We were always so amazed how he could look at an old house and envision what a remodeled house would look like...then make it happen. Frank will live on forever in our hearts and memories. Our hearts and prayers are with Jeannette, Joshua and Matt at this difficult time.

Ann and Jim Killeen

May 18, 2020

Frank was our dear friend and Neighbour
He was always an ear to talk to for
our girls and never hesitated to step in when Jim couldn’t make it to school plays, art activities and rides home from school in the big truck. We always loved to share cocktail hour in the garage where we would discuss world news and neighbourhood happenings over a glass of white wine. There was no problem too big that we couldn’t hypothesize over and fix in the garage on a Friday night. There were many heated discussions over politics, religion and English pronunciation of words. Frank has always been the rock of our community with his sharp wit and sense of humor. We will miss him so much and will share many happy memories of him for many years!! Love and hugs to Jeannette, we love you!

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FROM THE FAMILY

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