Obituary: James Phillip Dexter Jr
James Phillip (Phil) Dexter Jr
October 22, 1939 – May 31, 2017
James Phillip (Phil) Dexter Junior was born October 22, 1939 in Denver, Colorado. He grew up in Haigler, Nebraska. In high school, he participated in football and track. He graduated from Haigler High School in 1957.
He married the love of his life, Carol Channell on June 12, 1960. Phil’s hobbies included watching football, camping, boating, and playing cribbage. He was a season ticket holder for the Denver Broncos from the mid 1960s to 1995. While living in the Denver area, Phil worked for Texaco. Phil and Carol moved to Summit County in 1974. They spent the next 40 years in Silverthorne and Dillon. During this time, Phil worked various job including as a mechanic at the Mobil station in Frisco, as a Route Salesman for Interstate Batteries, and owner of Freeze Ice Company. He was also an active charter and subsequent life member of the Elks. He spent many years as the club manager at the Elks lodge. At the Elks lodge, he was well known for his Sunday brunches, green chilli, and prime rib. He worked at the Inn at Keystone through Vail Resorts doing hotel maintenance from 2004 to 2013 when he retired. In 2014, Phil and Carol moved to Federal Heights, Colorado so Phil could be closer to his doctors and a dialysis facility.
Although Phil never had any children of his own, he was a strong father figure, uncle, and grandfather to many. He was especially close to his nephew, Benjamin Platon of Fair Oaks, California and Suzanne Hermansen (niece) of Chico, California. He had two girls that he considered his adopted granddaughters, Audra Schlenz Jackson of Hurricane, Utah and Jeanette Schlenz of Denver, Colorado. Phil was preceeded in his death by his parents and two sisters. He is survived by his wife Carol Dexter of Federal Heights, Colorado, sister Gwen Hermansen of Chico, California, and brother Gail Dexter of Brighton, Colorado and a host of friends and extended family.
He will always be remembered for his dry sense of humor and ability to speak in fluent sarcasm. His sarcasm was usually accompanied by a characteristic smirk which told you he was joking.
A memorial service will be held for Phil at the Elks Lodge in Silverthorne at a later date.
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