Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

March 6, 2014
Dr. Phillip H. Spencer

Obit Dr. Phillip H. SpencerDr. Phillip Harold Spencer, 82, of Tooele, Utah passed away peacefully on March 4, 2014, following a period of declining health. Phil, the son of Alice Clayson and Francis Harold Spencer, was born in 1931 in Payson, Utah. There he spent his formative years, gaining local recognition as an outstanding musician. After completing high school, Phil attended Brigham Young University for a year. As the Korean War began to escalate in 1950, he enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served as a musician aboard the U.S.S. Antietam. In 1953, Phil was married to Mary Karen Hiatt (also of Payson) in the Salt Lake Temple. After completing his military service, Phil went on to graduate from BYU. He then attended Dental school at Northwestern University, where he graduated with Cum Laude honors. In 1960, he established a dental practice in Tooele, Utah, a career he enjoyed for nearly 35 years. As an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Phil served in many different callings including bishop of the Tooele 4th Ward and member of the Tooele Stake presidency. He is best known, however, for his years of dedicated service to the Boy Scouts of America, for which he received recognition by the Great Salt Lake Council as a prestigious Silver Beaver in 1980. His life was a shining example of love and service to others, and he will be greatly missed by his family and community. Phil was preceded in death by his parents, and by his sister Barbara Willis. He is survived by his wife Karen; by his three sons Stephen (Wendy), Kirk (Susan), and David (Kristi); by two siblings: John Spencer and Miriam Knight; by 11 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. A public viewing will be held on Sunday, March 9,2014, beginning at 6 p.m. at Tate Mortuary, 110 S. Main St., Tooele, Utah), where the family will be greeting friends and relatives. A memorial service will be held at the Tooele South Stake Center, 1025 Southwest Drive, Tooele, Utah, on Monday, March 10, 2014, beginning with a brief viewing at 9 a.m. followed by a general service at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at the Payson City Cemetery later that afternoon. The family wishes to express special thanks to Harmony Home Health and Hospice Care for their compassion and service during Phil’s final years of declining health. We also wish to thank the members of the Tooele 13th Ward for their countless acts of kindness during this time.

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