WIlliam Jay Phillips

23 Jan 1935 - 30 Sep 2006

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WIlliam Jay Phillips

23 Jan 1935 - 30 Sep 2006
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WIlliam Jay Phillips

Married: 9 Oct 1959

Orem Cemetery

1520 North 800 East
Orem, Utah, Utah
United States


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Contributor: dvdmovieking Created : 4 years ago Updated : 4 years ago

When I think of my grandpa, I don't remember very many specific events. I remember the feeling of hugging him and sitting on his lap. He had a round belly, strong arms, and a scratchy mustache (especially when he gave us kisses). I remember the deep rumble of his voice and the way his laugh sounded, low and throaty. I remember his cowboy boots and his hat, and the slow, steady way he shuffle-walked. I remember his Johnny Cash music playing on the karaoke machine in the living room. I remember him in the garage, the hum of the handsaw and the smell of sawdust in the air as he crafted a new piece of furniture to give away. Almost every stitch of furniture in my home growing up came from him. He would let us grandkids use a hand broom to sweep the sawdust up as he worked, and we were thrilled to be included. He also let us take some of his wood scraps to create swords, which we colored with crayons and used in our imaginary battles in his backyard. And of course, there was the lake. I remember being woken up at 4 a.m. to be loaded into his truck so that we could be on the lake in the still morning hours. I remember the salty smell of powerbait and the feel of the tug on my reel when a fish bit. I remember him taking us out for ice cream afterward - the rule was whoever caught the first fish bought everyone's ice cream, but it always ended up being his treat. He also taught his grandkids to water ski. I thought I would freeze and die of hypothermia during my first skiing lesson, but he essentially told me to stop being a sissy. He was patient and persistent, and I learned. We spent many summers camping, fishing, and boating with grandpa, grandma, and the cousins. I remember how Grandma and Grandpa drove the four hours to St. George for practically every birthday, holiday, sports event, concert, or graduation. And he always had to have a roll of duct tape, so that he could threaten to tape us to the wall if we were naughty. Grandma tells the story of how he forgot the duct tape once, and they had to stop at Wal-Mart on their way to our house so he could buy some. I remember him driving me to school with the bum-warmers on, and the way he always went exactly the speed limit. And I also remember his restlessness - he would come, but within a few days, he was itching to be home again. He was quiet but consistent in his support of us. I've heard that in his younger years, he would smile and laugh more often. I knew him as more of a somber guy - a man of few words, but always there. He was the first to sacrifice whatever was necessary in support of his family. Even when he struggled with his own trials - depression, diabetes, etc - he was unfailingly present. His love wasn't the gushy kind. His love was like the bedrock that kept us all on solid ground.

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WIlliam Jay Phillips was born on 23 Jan 1935
WIlliam Jay Phillips was 11 years old when World War II: Nagasaki is devastated when an atomic bomb, Fat Man, is dropped by the United States B-29 Bockscar. Thirty-five thousand people are killed outright, including 23,200-28,200 Japanese war workers, 2,000 Korean forced workers, and 150 Japanese soldiers. Nagasaki is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan. The city's name, 長崎, means "long cape" in Japanese. Nagasaki became a centre of colonial Portuguese and Dutch influence in the 16th through 19th centuries, and the Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region have been recognized and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Part of Nagasaki was home to a major Imperial Japanese Navy base during the First Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War.
WIlliam Jay Phillips was 23 years old when Space Race: Launch of Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth. The Space Race refers to the 20th-century competition between two Cold War rivals, the Soviet Union (USSR) and the United States (US), for dominance in spaceflight capability. It had its origins in the missile-based nuclear arms race between the two nations that occurred following World War II, aided by captured German missile technology and personnel from the Aggregat program. The technological superiority required for such dominance was seen as necessary for national security, and symbolic of ideological superiority. The Space Race spawned pioneering efforts to launch artificial satellites, uncrewed space probes of the Moon, Venus, and Mars, and human spaceflight in low Earth orbit and to the Moon.
WIlliam Jay Phillips was 29 years old when The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing before a "record-busting" audience of 73 million viewers across the USA. The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential music band in history. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several musical styles, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways. In 1963, their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania"; as the group's music grew in sophistication, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, the band were integral to pop music's evolution into an art form and to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s.
WIlliam Jay Phillips was 42 years old when Star Wars is released in theaters. Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the first film in the original Star Wars trilogy and the beginning of the Star Wars franchise. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, and Peter Mayhew, the film focuses on the Rebel Alliance, led by Princess Leia (Fisher), and its attempt to destroy the Galactic Empire's space station, the Death Star.
WIlliam Jay Phillips was 51 years old when Space Shuttle program: STS-51-L mission: Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrates after liftoff, killing all seven astronauts on board. The Space Shuttle program was the fourth human spaceflight program carried out by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which accomplished routine transportation for Earth-to-orbit crew and cargo from 1981 to 2011. Its official name, Space Transportation System (STS), was taken from a 1969 plan for a system of reusable spacecraft of which it was the only item funded for development.
WIlliam Jay Phillips was 57 years old when The World Wide Web is opened to the public. The World Wide Web (WWW), also called the Web, is an information space where documents and other web resources are identified by Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), interlinked by hypertext links, and accessible via the Internet. English scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He wrote the first web browser in 1990 while employed at CERN in Switzerland. The browser was released outside CERN in 1991, first to other research institutions starting in January 1991 and to the general public on the Internet in August 1991.
WIlliam Jay Phillips died on 30 Sep 2006 at the age of 71
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