Phyllis Jean Detjens

August 5, 1937May 30, 2018
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Phyllis Jean (Jones, Dominguez) Detjens, 80, of Santa Barbara, California, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 in a care facility in Yucaipa, California surrounded by her family. Born August 5, 1937 the oldest of 4 children and the only girl in Moline, Illinois to Albert and Phyllis Jones, Phyllis faithfully served her family and church out of her deep love and commitment to Christ.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ray, her parents, 2 brothers Benjamin and Michael Jones, her first husband Henry Dominguez, and two grandsons Jacob Ray Detjens and Frederick Cook MacDonell. Phyllis is survived by sons Gerald Ray Detjens, Leonard Ray (Shareé) Detjens, daughters Eileen Rae (Ricky) Smith, Rena Rae (Fred) MacDonell, brother Jonathan (Peggy) Jones, sister-in-law LeAnne Jones, granddaughters Amber Rae Detjens, Melanie Rose Gilbertson, grandsons Alexander Ray MacDonell, Ian Patrick MacDonell, Justin M Smith and Michael J Smith, great grandsons Jacob J Smith and RJ Smith and great granddaughter Olivia Naomi Pinkley; as well as loving nieces, nephews and other friends. Phyllis was a loving mother, wife, sister, grandmother and friend to all.

Phyllis graduated from high school in Lindsay, CA. She later met and married Henry Dominguez. On a dark night while she and Henry were driving home late, a drunk driver hit their car head on taking Henry’s life and leaving Phyllis fighting for hers. After multiple surgeries, she recovered and opened her heart to love again. This time to a widow with four children! She and Ray met and married in 1971 in Santa Barbara, California. She was a courageous woman to step into the role of mother, and she did it with much love and grace.

Phyllis was known for her gift of hospitality. She loved to have people into her home and treat them as family and serve delicious home-cooked meals. She also spent many years in the kitchen at Living Faith Center cooking and serving for all types of events. She devoted her prime years to caring for her children and her home, and when her children were older, she worked behind the scenes at Santa Barbara Bank & Trust until she retired. Everywhere she lived she became involved in a local church and served the families in those ministries. When she retired she and Ray worked with MAPS RVers traveling around the country working at different churches, camps and schools. Phyllis would serve in any way needed. One of her favorite places was Spencer Lake Christian Center in Wisconsin where she and Ray worked for many summers in their later years. Once the time for traveling the country was over, they settled in at home in Yucaipa, California where she spent her final years cared for and surrounded by her devoted children.

A special thank you to the Redlands Community Hospital Hospice in Yucaipa, California for their loving care and support. Also thank you to Yucaipa First Assembly for all of their loving support and assistance with arrangements in Phyllis' last days.

Funeral services for Phyllis will be at the Yucaipa First Assembly, 12226 Second Street, Yucaipa, CA on June 25, 2018 arranged by Weaver-Hughes Mortuary in Yucaipa. Visitation will be from 9 AM until 9:30 AM with the memorial service beginning at 9:45 AM. Phyllis will be laid to rest in a private ceremony for family at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California. In lieu of flowers Phyllis requested memorial donations be made in her name to Spencer Lake Christian Center, N1385 Cnty Hwy E, Waupaca, WI 54981 or online at under Get Involved/Foundational Partners.]


  • Viewing Monday, June 25, 2018
  • Memorial Service Monday, June 25, 2018
  • Reception Monday, June 25, 2018
  • Graveside Service Monday, June 25, 2018

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Gary Detjens

July 16, 2018

This happened just after mom and dad were married. Dad was on the swing shift. So it was just Mom and 4 kids. If you had known our family, you knew that I was a rebellious teenager. I decided that I could go see my friends without her permission. So I told her I was going out to see my friends and she said no. And I said I was. I began to walk towards the door. Somehow she got between me and the door and physically made me to Holt in my tracks. So I did not get to see my friends whenever I wanted to. But from that day forward I knew that she was going to be there for the Long Haul. She was a force to be reckoned with. I don't think she ever told Dad if she did, Dad didn't say anything to me. From that day onward I love her to the end of time.

Jake & Charlotte Lake

June 28, 2018

Good Morning Rena. I hope this helped a little. I know your Dad and Mom loved their home on wheels and took good care of it. I didn't know that it was still around. They were very dedicated to their ministry in RV MAPS and were well known through out the country because of it. They loved doing what they were doing. We crossed paths a number of times and so enjoyed our time together. As you know they personally delivered the paperwork to us and literally recruited us into the program. The primary difference for us was we were only part-timers. They were in it full time. It just seemed too much for us to sell our home and go full time. They left their mark and know that their rewards are great! I always thought that it was so cool that your mom and dad connected as they were a great team for so many years. After thinking about their motor home one could easily become envious. Blessings to you and Fred and your family and to their beautiful coach wherever it may travel... 😀

Eileen Smith

June 26, 2018

Flowers from families of Dennis Detjens and Duane Detjens

Dave & Pat DeBuhr

June 24, 2018

Lots of fond memories of Phyllis and of course Ray. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Remember all the good times. They served the Lord faithfully but will be greatly missed. Our love to the family.

Sherry Jones

June 24, 2018

I have some real fond memories of Aunt Phyllis, She was a classy lady. She had a servants heart and, She loved the Lord and loved her family so much. She always helped serve others and stayed to clean up after any event. Prayers and thoughts are for the family and friends. She will be missed.

John Kalstrom

June 24, 2018

As Ray would have said "See you here, there, or UP THERE". Waiting for the day.

Herman Grams

June 24, 2018

I first knew Phyllis when I became pastor at Lindsay. She and her family were special. Then when we moved to Santa Barbara the relationship was renewed. It was my privilege to officiate at their wedding. They were faithful in their service to the Lord and to the church. Blessings to the family as you celebrate her life.

Jacquelyn Ford

June 19, 2018

Your Mom and Dad always made us feel so welcome at the college career Bible studies in their home. I am so sorry for your loss, Eileen. Love and prayers to you and your entire family.

Henry Red Andrews

June 19, 2018

She was my Sunday School teacher. She will be missed..

Dave Giles

June 19, 2018

Phyllis and Ray had such a wonderful gift of hospitality! Their love for Jesus showed through every portion of their lives — whether it was loving on our International Student friends or our American Students their warmth, love and care said it All! What a wonderful Home-going day it is today!
Our prayers and love for your whole family!