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DONALD PHILLIPS Donald Kay "Dutch" Phillips, 96, passed away Thursday, October 24, 2019 at his home in Caliente, Nev. He was born in Panaca, Nev., September 11, 1923 to Amos and Verna Phillips. He was the youngest of four children. Don grew up in Panaca and attended elementary and secondary school in his hometown. During his senior year at Lincoln County High School, he was elected student body president and voted most popular along with his sweetheart, Dorothy Miller, who later became his life partner for 64 years. As a young boy, basketball was his passion. He played in high school and later at BAC (now SUU). In 1942, Don enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving honorably in the Pacific helping to open the Burma to China road for the Allies. At the age of 12, he and his sister, Beryl, purchased a radio to follow his beloved Chicago Cubs. He was an avid fan, listening, watching, and cheering them for 84 years. One of his greatest thrills was their World Series victory in 2016 and visiting Wrigley Field. Go Cubs Go! Don and Dorothy were lifelong fans of Lincoln County High School and followed every facet of the school. They traveled hundreds of miles each year to cheer on the Lynx. LCHS honored Don with a distinguished alumnus award at its 2019 homecoming celebration three weeks ago. He married Dorothy Miller, his "Dutchess", in 1946 making their lifetime home in Caliente. Don was always Nevada born and Nevada proud. He was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great grandfather, uncle, cousin, and friend. Everyone he encountered adored him. His parents, wife, and two children, Donald Gary and Kathleen Sue, preceded him in death. Don is survived by his children, Mike (Mary Ellen) Phillips, Las Vegas; Randy (LeAnn) Phillips, Cedar City; R. Scott Phillips, Cedar City; Rick (Cheryl) Phillips, Caliente; Pam (Lynn) Jackson, Caliente; fifteen grandchildren, thirty-two great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandsons. Viewings will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, November 1 at the Caliente Mortuary, 730 Front St., Caliente, NV 89008; and Saturday, November 2 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the LDS Chapel, 1100 Front St., Caliente. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 2 at the LDS Chapel in Caliente. Interment will be in the Conway Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Caliente under the direction of Southern Nevada Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Conway Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at

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Published in Las Vegas Review-Journal on Oct. 31, 2019.
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November 7, 2019
Dear Randy and Leann,
I'm so sorry to for the loss of your father.
May the spirit of the Lord be with you and your family at this time!!!
Tammy Engle
November 1, 2019
It was a pleasure meeting you through your grandson, Michael. You were a gift to your entire family and will be sorely missed.
Neil Huffey
October 31, 2019
Best of Luck to you on your continuing Journey
Guy D. Stoker
October 30, 2019
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Dennis Miller
October 29, 2019
I got to share some mornings with Don over a cup of coffee or two. We talked of family, friends, sports and many other topics. He would always say how much he
appreciated me stopping by to spend the time with him. I dont know if he realized how much that time spent meant to me.
What a great man. We will all miss you.
Ed Benson
October 29, 2019
Grandpa Great (Don) was one of the kindest men I have ever met. My condolences to the Phillips Family (Immediate & Extended).
Darcy Richardson
October 29, 2019
May Beautiful Memories Comfort You during this difficult time.
Charleen Hull-Baker
October 29, 2019
My condolence goes out to the entire Phillips Family. May God help carry you thru these difficult times. Don was a wonderful man & lived an amazing life.
Betty Rhoades (Davis)
October 29, 2019
Don drove our bus for many years and we just adored him. We called him grandpa Phillips. He was such an amazing and kind man. Ill always have a special place in my heart for him.
Jane Higley (Jensen)
October 29, 2019
It was a great pleasure to have Don as a bus driver throughout high school...120 miles round trip, Don would drive the Elgin/caliente portion of the route. Since the road was long we had the privilege to hear all the stories, dodge all the rocks, navigate the meadow valley wash without incident even while catching some air on the dips, get certain individuals out of the bus before they could vomit, oh the memories...good times. I am glad Don was there for all of will be missed.
Steven Jensen
October 29, 2019
One of the finest men I know. Thanks for your example of a real gentleman.
Shaun Hunt
October 28, 2019
Wonderful man, proud to have become friends.
Jim and Charla Glimp
October 28, 2019
Don and Dorothy are together again that is a Awesome thought! Rest easy my friend, you will be missed and will surely be remembered! What a great neighbor we've had all these years! Prayers to all!
Leigh Ann Fruend (Chouquer)
October 28, 2019
Don was a wonderful man!! Caliente Homecoming wont be the same without him sitting and greeting all of the towns people!! Heaven is lucky to have him!!♥
Tammy Frazier Miller
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