On Sunday, Lions Club members, friends and relatives, filled the United Methodist Church, to celebrate the life of Phil Phillips who passed away Jan. 19.
Phil was a longtime member of the Payson Lions Club. Our club is small yet community demand for our help is large, so losing Phil is a major blow. Phil, by every definition, was our mentor. His many past experiences in Lions Club were a genuine asset to our club. He advised us of the appropriate protocol when entertaining dignitaries, guided us through the administrative maze of Lions Club International and the district and counseled us on our fund-raising projects and community services. He taught us how to conduct meetings.
As a veteran, he was the first to demonstrate respect for the American flag, especially when we embarked on our Fly the Flag program in Payson.
And, Phil could flip pancakes during our fund-raising pancake breakfasts better than anyone else. It was all in the wrist, he’d say.
Beneath an exterior, some would say was “crusty,” beat a heart as big as his accomplishments and a sense of humor to match. He lived by the words respect, honesty and integrity. He served his community in the truest sense. His help and guidance will be greatly missed by our club and by this community.
It was very special to see the large gathering, to see the many club members from throughout Arizona and to hear people speak to his many accomplishments as a Lion. We appreciate and want to thank all those Lions, ex-Lions and future Lions that attended to pay their respects.
Payson Lions Club