Charles Clifford Phillips

Charles Clifford Phillips passed away on October 27, 2020, following an eight-year battle with cancer surrounded by his wife and children in their St. George, Utah, home. Cliff was born a Sandtown boy on June 12, 1942 to Robert Owen Phillips and Lenora Sorenson in St. George. His father passed at an early age, leaving Lenora to raise four young boys, and Cliff, as the eldest, to shoulder many responsibilities. He continued to watch over his mother until her death and she lived with his family for nearly three decades.

Cliff attended Dixie High School and there met his forever road trip companion, Geraldine ‘Geri’ Ivie. He first tried to woo her during their junior year by passing a note in history class that was intercepted by the teacher and read aloud to the class. She still accepted his offer to “go for a drive” and that was the first journey in a life spent exploring the mountains and wilderness together.

He married Geri on June 8, 1962 and their marriage was solemnized in the Los Angeles Temple in March 1965. The newlyweds moved to California for schooling, but these plans were interrupted by the Vietnam War. Cliff enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the California National Guard and was activated in 1968 for two years. Later, Cliff resumed his studies and after 10 years away, the family returned to their roots in St. George. Cliff spent his career as a geological engineer for OMG Apex and also worked as an independent developer in home construction. Cliff and Geri raised their four children, Tyalee, Kari, Klay and Rob, in the home he built on Bluff Street.

Cliff was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who was happy to work but shied away from speaking and the spotlight. He served tirelessly as financial clerk for 17 years and 6 years as the executive secretary. He also served in the Elder’s Quorum and many other callings including the St. George Temple Baptistry with his sweetheart. His testimony was most evident in the way he cherished and protected the women in his life and served as a father figure to many family members, neighbors or anyone who just needed a good butt kicking.

Aside from Geri, Cliff’s loves were prospecting, mining, the outdoors, and motor sports. He loved camping and traveling with his family, and a map or plan was never a necessity. He was more of a choose your own adventure traveler. He brought his first car at age 12 and loved racing and riding motorcycles with his boys throughout his life.

Cliff will be remembered like a prize geode. A little rough, tough and unassuming on the outside, but a special glow of light and goodness on the inside. His dry sense of humor, quick comebacks, and unique take on the world will be sorely missed.

Cliff was proceeded in death by his parents and brother, Doug. He is survived by his wife, Geri, and children Tyalee (Todd) Pendleton, Kari (Shayne) Wittwer, Klay (Beckie) and Rob (Rochelle). He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and brothers, Vern and Craig.

The family would like to express their thankfulness to Dixie Home Healthcare for the loving care that was provided, especially to Dr. Joseph Woolley, Shauna, and Juli.

A viewing will be held Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 10:00 – 11:00 am at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. A graveside service will follow at Tonaquint Cemetery.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff St, St. George, Utah. Friends and family are invited to sign his online guestbook at



10:00 -11:00 am

Second Visitation



Spilsbury Mortuary
110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah 84770


11:30 am
Tonaquint Cemetery
1777 S Dixie Dr, St. George, UT 84770

Guest Book

9 Responses

  1. Cliff was dependable and treated his responsibilities with sincerity and respect. We enjoyed his association and his kind smile. Geri, may the Lord bless you and your family.

  2. I used to babysit the Phillips boys when,I was a teenager. Although i haven’t had any contact with Clifford recently, I will always remember what a sweet person he was in his childhood and youth. I send my sympathy to the Phillips family and know you will find comfort in remembering your wonderful experiences with him.

  3. Geri and family, we were so surprised to hear about Cliff’s passing. Maxiene and I so enjoyed the friendship of you, Cliff, your children and Cliff’s sweet mother. We treasure the times spent being neighbors, worshiping together and enjoying good times shared in the past. We pray the Lord will bless and comfort you and your family at this time. Love, Bill and Maxiene Vandenberghe

  4. We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Cliff. I have many fond memories of Cliff and his brothers as we were all growing up in Sandtown. Venda and I are so sorry. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. My thoughts and heart are with this wonderful family. This is a special time in life…hard on the emotions, but definitely a step closer to our goal. We are all closer to the veil and live with our thoughts there as much as here in the chaos around us. Tom has a special love for Cliff and the family he cherished. That says a lot…because he was so in tune to the Spirit. Our time together in the Ward was so sweet. Please feel my love and hugs.

  6. Geri, you and Cliff just loved us and our family. You have always went the extra mile to show us such kindness. Jess has said many times you were his only family. We have such great memories of the Thanksgiving we had together, plus the times you came to see us, We will miss Cliff, our love and prayers are with you.

  7. Geri,
    I am sorry for the loss of Cliff. I remember with great fondness my associations with him in elementary school. I am so pleased to know that you and Cliff were Sealed in the House of the Lord. I am sure that knowledge gives you much comfort in this time of so great a loss.

    I send my love to you and your family.

  8. Dear Geri and the Phillips family,
    What a special time in our mortal life to be so close to the Spirit as a loved one passes through the veil. What a joyous reunion your husband, and father has on the other side from being such a good person.
    Cliff always had a special little word to say to me on Sundays when I chanced to meet him in the halls or when he passed the library. This always brightened my day and left me smiling. He was gentle and kind in a special, unassuming way.
    Geri, know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this temporary separation. Lots of love for you and all the Red Cliffs 4th Ward members.

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