Gene Merle Phillips



Gene Merle Phillips of Mariposa, Calif. passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Sept. 9, 2020.

Gene was a devoted husband, father and grandfather with old-fashioned values and honor whose actions always spoke louder than his words.

Born June 26, 1944, he was raised in Merced. A graduate of Merced High School, Gene attended college at CSU Fresno and CSU Stanislaus before establishing a lifelong career as an accountant, working for Merced companies: Forrest Freeze Trucking, Wallace Transport and L-N Farms.

An avid sports fan, Gene played baseball in high school and was an accomplished bowler. He also had a pilot’s license, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, scuba diving, RV camping and playing card games. He enjoyed a 40-year membership in the Merced Elks Lodge.

Gene is survived by wife Susan, children Daniel Phillips and Wendy Gillespie, grandchildren Tom and Philip Gillespie, Beverly Boyles, Betty Sue and Rex Phillips, Stephanie Phillips and James Phillips Jr., and great grandchildren Sophia and Charlotte Gillespie and Brook Boyles.

His sister, Catherine Marks of Mariposa, recently hosted a family memorial service in honor of Gene.

Gene was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Jo; his father, Merle; and his sons, James and Donald.

Please make any donations in Gene’s name to the American Cancer Society.

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