John “Angus” Phillips, 47, passed away February 2, 2019 peacefully in his sleep at his home in Brier, WA. Angus was born August 6, 1971 in Seattle, WA to Kenneth M. and Jone (Paulsen) Phillips. Angus attended Bishop Blanchet High School, and upon graduation headed to Alaska for several seasons of fishing upon the Seattle Star. Angus completed welding school, loved working in construction, and of course his 30 years of hard work and contribution to the leadership and success of the family business U-Park System.

Angus was a hard and diligent worker and took great pride in his projects from start to finish. His yard was a great source of pride and joy and he could often be seen on his riding lawnmower mowing his five acres or mowing other yards in the neighborhood. In his younger days, he enjoyed summers in Chelan, WA watching heavy equipment operators do their thing, and he was an avid skier. Later he enjoyed spending time in his yard, running any kind of heavy equipment, playing with his kids, and visiting with people. Most of all his passion was helping people when he saw their need for help. He often drove up and down the street on his John Deere Gator, stopping at neighbors. He thrived on solving any problem around their yards and homes. He loved his three Chocolate Labs: Doogan, Penelope and Buster.

Angus is survived by his wife of 24 years, Maria (Karas) Phillips; children Jack and Karas Phillips; father Ken Phillips Sr.; brother Ken Phillips Jr.; sister Molly (Phillips) Potts and her husband Shawn Potts; nieces and nephews Gunner, Sofie, Piper, Jake, Nick, Drew and Francesca; and many cousins. He is preceded in death by his mother, Jone H. Phillips. A Celebration of Angus’ Life will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 2-4 p.m. at Ballard Elks Lodge, 6411 Seaview Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107.