On March 22, 2014 Phil Powers was led by angels to heaven from a peaceful sleep in Prescott, Ariz. He was born and raised in Southern California and was a true product of his generation. In 1968 he was drafted and went into the U.S. Army with basic training in Oklahoma, and eventually stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska in an artillery unit.
After his discharge, he returned to California and followed in his father’s footsteps and learned the construction industry from him. His expertise was in foundation to finish work. Throughout his life he held the positions of foreman and project coordinator. Working with his hands and “building and fabricating stuff” was his passion.
In 1978 he met Dianne and their journey began. They were married in July 1983. After a few more years in California, they relocated to Prescott in 1989 where he worked for Randy Savage Construction. But Phil loved Lake Powell and he and Dianne would make the trip up often to go on the lake. So in 1994, Page became home for the Powers family.
In 1995, Phil started Waterworks Boat Services as a one-man show and serviced boats and did small interior remodeling and upgrade projects on houseboats. As his business grew he had to hire help, so he and his six “sons” went out and made history. His greatest pleasure was mentoring his boys and giving them the chance to express their ideas, right or wrong, and allowing them to learn. No day was perfect, but everyday counted. They were not employees to him. They were his family.
After five years, and as they do, his crew went off to explore a bigger world than Page, so Phil traded his owner hat for an employee hat. He continued to work on Lake Powell for seven more years until he suffered a career ending injury and additional health challenges in 2011. His recovery was an ongoing battle with numerous setbacks.
His biggest hobbies included puttering around in his shop and anything with tires on it. He loved his sand rail and Razor. His happiest moments were spent with our dear friends Randy and Lori and other close friends at the sand dunes in Yuma. He also enjoyed “circling the wagons,” as he called it, and just visiting with other members of the boating businesses in Page. He was a helper to all if he was needed, but may have appeared gruff to others. His only focus was to be available if anyone needed anything and he truly enjoyed all the people of Page he encountered. You could find him many times just visiting with other work crews at his storage facility to feel he was still part of the deal. His daily visit to the Ranch House Grille for breakfast with “his girlfriends” was a treat for him. He spent hours at Boston’s just talking to the crew. His life was completed by his two beloved Golden Retrievers, Casey and Cissy and they kept him company throughout his recovery. In 2012, he and his wife did the dream vacation, traveling to North Carolina and visiting every NASCAR shop. Sundays were for NASCAR, Dale Jr., and nothing else.
Phil is survived by his wife of 30 years, Dianne; his mother, Ida; sister, Jeannie; son, Jason; and numerous and beloved friends. His wish to everyone would be to live every minute like it is your last and be honest with everyone, even if it may not be what needs to be heard.
A celebration of Phil’s life will take place in Page on a date to be determined shortly.
“Honey, I will love you forever and miss you like crazy. I am only happy that there is no more pain. You are finally free to ‘go fast’ with the angels”
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