John Clifford Phillips, D.D.S. John suddenly passed away early Saturday morning, May 30th 2015. Born October 18th 1942 in Hawthorne, California, son of Doris and John E. Phillips. John grew up in Hawthorne where he helped establish Phillips Plumbing along with his father and brothers, James and Peter, and his sister Dawna. He graduated from Leuzinger High School and El Camino College. Later, John received his B.S. in accounting at Long Beach State. After a very short time he decided to change careers and began dental school at USC in 1970 and graduated in 1974. He began his career in dentistry in Santa Monica and later Hawthorne where he started his own practice which thrived for 30 years. Following his retirement from dentistry he continued working in banking, helping to establish Frontier Savings in the 1980's and serving on the Board of Directors and later on the Loan Committee for Frontier State Bank. John's greatest passion was to find "fixer uppers" to renovate and to develop and improve properties. It was an interest that spanned his entire adult life. His life truly exemplified the spirit of entrepreneurship. He was always giving of his time and knowledge. He celebrated and encouraged the success of others and took great pride watching people achieve their full potential. John encouraged others to find opportunities and excel in their lives. A world traveler, he enjoying hiking trips, fishing, motorcycling and skiing. He appreciated the beauty of the outdoors. Mammoth-Yosemite, Grand Canyon and National parks in Utah were some of his favorites. As a teenager he spent many summers on the family farms in Logan, Utah and in Idaho and continued his interest in farming throughout his life. He loved and enjoyed spending time with all of his relatives especially organizing family reunions. John is survived by Michelle, Shane and Marley Mittleman; John, Charles, Thomas, and Henry Phillips; Doris Rubio-Phillips and C.J. Phillips. He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. Viewing at Rice Mortuary Friday June 5th 6-9PM, Service at Lawndale LDS Ward House 14801 Osage Ave June 6th at 11AM with internment at Green Hills. We are amazed at the multitude of wonderful stories of compassion and please continue to share. He believed that families are together forever. He loved to laugh and lived life to the fullest. John will be greatly missed by all who loved him.

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  1. To Maritza, CJ, and all of John’s family and friends,
    John…Always ready with a wave and a smile, whenever we passed by. We will remember you for your kindness, and acceptance of so many little pre-schoolers bouncing in the backyard, watching the magician wave his magic wand, and being such a great co-host with Maritza during CJ’s birthday parties. Our prayers and deepest condolences go out to all who were lucky enough to know you and love you. Diana, Rick Slater and Steele (Kaden). The Vargas-Gable Family

  2. I am very sad about the passing of Dr. Phillips. Dr. Phillips did indeed take great pride watching people achieve their full potential. When I was employed by him, he taught me many things about owning, operating, and managing a dental office. That is, the things they do not teach you in dental school! He encouraged me greatly when I started off on my own. For that, I am forever grateful. I give my sincere and deepest condolences to his family.

  3. Still sorry, shocked and saddened about the death of John, who I will always consider to be my benefactor, my friend and, in many ways, the older brother I never had. i always believed he had within in the same genetic composition as his father, who lived to be 99, and he would live to be the same ripe, old age. How sad that his own life took such a tragic turn. I truly hope that wherever God has taken him he will find many houses and homes that need fixing up and that when the job is done whomever’s home has been fixed will be all the better for it. May you rest in peace, John, knowing that as long as I’m alive, there will be a happy thought in my mind and a loving place in my heart.
    Frank Bies
    Hermosa Beach

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