Phillip (Phill) Noble Flower, 68, of Sunnyside passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, at Sun Terrace Retirement and Assisted Living Community, in Sunnyside.
He was born April 19, 1943 in Prosser, to Alfred and Helen (Stackhouse) Flower.
He spent most of his life in Sunnyside and the Yakima Valley, living in the family home on Stackhouse Avenue overlooking Flower Street until his beloved mother's death in 1987.
Phill's interests in life were focused on photography and music. He spent many of his formative years in his basement darkroom and local movie theaters as well as listening to the vast range of recordings in his massive collection of LPs, to which he later added many CDs and DVDs.
His studies in communications at CWU in Ellensburg and Bates Technical Institute in Tacoma were a continuation of his love of music and the magical machinery that gave life to it.
A perennial favorite activity was to attend the Lower Valley Community Concert Series. He took great pride in his unbroken membership and attendance record since early childhood, relating memories of reading or coloring under the bleachers as a four or five year-old while listening to the music.
He also valued his family history in the Yakima Valley and was a regular attendee at the annual Pioneer Days picnic in Sunnyside as well as a long-term member of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.
Phill is survived by his nieces, Julia (Tracy Dillon) Martin of Tacoma and Elin Martin of Seattle; his brother-in-law, Rev. Thomas Martin of Tacoma; his cherished grandniece, Eliza Morris of Seattle; and cousins, Bill (Anne) Flower of Sunnyside, Charles (Victoria) Flower of Yakima, Mary Lee Borreson of Enumclaw, Dan (Sharon) Flower of Moraga, Calif., Elizabeth (Bruno) Stackhouse Pierini of Seattle and Marjorie (Bill) Stackhouse McNae of Oak Harbor.
He was preceded in death by his father; a sister, Patricia (Thomas) Martin; and cousin, Elizabeth (Keith) Miller.
A memorial service will be held in the spring at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Sunnyside.
Anyone wishing to make a donation in Phill's memory is asked to contribute to research on Autistic Spectrum Disorders (like Aspergers) through organizations such as the University of Washington Autism Center at http://www.supportuwmedicine.org (206-221-7526) or the National Autism Association at http://www.nationalautismassociation.org (866-622-6733).
Phill's family extends their appreciation and thanks to the staff at Sun Terrace for their care of him.
Condolences and memories of Phill may be sent to the family at http://www.valleyhillsfh.com or c/o Julia Martin,
1011 N. Junett Street, Tacoma, WA 98406.
Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.