Albert William Phillips
September 3, 1953 to
October 4, 2021
Al Phillips was kind, brave and generous. He laughed like thunder. Kids and dogs loved him. Al didn’t always have a lot, but always had enough to share and always found someone to share it with. He loved music and motocross. Al loved and devoted his life to Jesus (though he didn’t always like church). He loved working at Fairview golf course and teaching kids to golf. Al deeply enjoyed the interactions he had with so many people at that course.
Al was the eldest child of Albert Leval Phillips and Lois May Wieneke's six children. He was the son of a war hero, flat-track racer & boxer. Though Al came from and was made of tougher metal than most, he wore it in such a way that made people feel safe & at ease.
As a kid, he pitched so well that he once got to do so at Dodger Stadium. At a very early age, Al began working with his father as a painter in the Hollywood hills. By the age of 14 he was a member of the painters union and helped support his family of eight. He taught his daughter, Shane, to ride a dirt bike, pitch a baseball, argue proficiently about jazz and blues, and the importance of resiliance. Al adored his grandson Elijah & was lit up by his heart & integrity.
Al met his best friend as a young teenager, so he married her. He loved her with an epic, mythological kind of love that made other relationships seem pale and flat. After nearly 50 years of marriage to Shari, he never lost his admiration, adoration or sense of wonder.
Shari would say to their daughter, Shane, “Look at your father, isn’t he magnificent?!” Her head would shake a little as though she were struggling to take it all in. Al would put his arm around Shane and say “Your mother is beautiful, brilliant, strong, my favorite artist; but mostly, she’s just the best person I’ve ever known.” Those comments happened with such frequency that they were just normal.
Al is survived by his wife Shari, daughter Shane, & grandson, Elijah and his brothers and sisters Louise, Helen, Ovette, Daniel & Donald.
Al’s legacy is that he loved well, lived big, laughed hard, loved Jesus & gave everything he had. He was a great, big, good man. The goodness that he was and gave will continue to reach through to the people that he loved.
He will never not be missed.
Al's funeral will be at 1:00 p.m. October 20th, 2021
Nampa Funeral Home
415 12th Avenue South
Nampa, Idaho 83651
Live stream available at https://my.gather.app/remember/albert-al-william-phillips
Burial to follow funeral service at 3:30 p.m.
Canyon Hill Cemetery
2024 North Illinois Avenue
Caldwell, Idaho 83605
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