Philip Francis Black, at the age of 83, quietly drew his last breath at 8 a.m. on Jan. 3, and is now in a better place. While we love and miss him, we are thankful for the perfect will of the Lord. He became a Christian at a young age, and lived a full and productive life. Phil is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia Ann (Wallace) Black; by seven children, 25 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and his older brother, Paul, of Walla Walla. His children now reside in Arkansas, California, Nevada and Washington. Phil was the youngest child born to Christian parents, John and Margaret (Perkins) Black. He drew his first breath in Eugene, Oregon, at the home of his parents, attended to by a midwife. This completed the family of three boys.
In 1931 his father went to Seattle searching for work, while his mother returned with the boys to the family farm in Alberta, Canada. Many are the related tales of life on the cold prairies in the 30's. When he was a young teen, the family moved to California, where Phil would later join the Navy. Early in 1951, Phil began driving his mother and two young ladies, Pat Wallace and her sister, to church meetings. After awhile, Phil asked Pat if she considered herself engaged. Since she didn’t say no, they were married on April 1 of that year (no foolin’). After a honeymoon on a motorcycle to a church camp meeting, they would in time move to Cottonwood, CA. Those were busy years full of camping, Baja-buggy bouncing and work at the local volunteer fire department.
In 1987, they moved to Shingletown, CA where he retired from 34 years at the Anderson sawmill. In 1993, they decided to settle 20 miles north of Colville. Phil’s retired years were full of trips to church meetings and visiting family and friends in California. The house was usually full of grandchildren, whom Phil loved to tease. As time went by they were unable to travel as frequently and Phil kept everyone he knew well informed by email. He also researched family history and updated the family tree. “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord . . . Like arrows in the hand of a warrior . . . How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them . . .” Psalm 127:3-5 A private burial service will be held with all seven of his children and many grandchildren in attendance at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery at Medical Lake. A memorial service for family and friends will be held at the Ark at 3912 Cedar Creek Rd., Colville, WA on Saturday, Jan. 14t at 1:30 p.m. in remembrance of Phil Black’s life.
Donations for expenses may be sent to 2261 Gold Field Mine Rd. Colville, WA 99114, or given directly at the memorial service. If you would like to send flowers or have any questions, please call Mark Black at 509-732-4255 or 509-675-2650.
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