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Obituary: Phillip (‘Phil’) Earl England | The Independent Verde

Phillip (‘Phil’) Earl of England

1937 – 2021

Phillip (“Phil”) Earl England, 83, of Camp Verde, Arizona, died at his home in Camp Verde on November 1, 2021. Phil was born on November 21, 1937 in Van Meter, Iowa, son of Earl and Irene England.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Iowa State Teacher’s College and attended the University of Iowa for his master’s degree. Phil also received his Education Specialist degree from Drake University.

During his first year of teaching in 1959, Phil met the love of his life, Donna. Phil married Donna in 1961 at the United Methodist Church in Lisbon. While in Iowa, Phil and Donna had five children, Joan, Jeff, Julie, Jennifer and Joel.

In 1961, Phil became a high school principal and he held that position for 11 years. He became superintendent in 1972 and was superintendent in Iowa from 1972 to 1983. In 1983, Phil moved with his family to Camp Verde, where he accepted the position of superintendent of schools for the Unified School District of Camp Verde. . Phil fell in love with Camp Verde, its people and the landscapes of Arizona. He has worked fervently to improve educational facilities, raise academic standards, and improve relations with the Yavapai-Apache Nation. Phil was able to lead the construction of the Camp Verde Middle School and Camp Verde High School campuses, which are still in use to this day. One of Phil’s proudest accomplishments has been the completion of the multi-purpose complex, specifically the Performing Arts Center. Phil believed that the students and residents of Camp Verde deserved a performing arts center to enjoy music, theater, host school assemblies, and come together.

Phil retired as superintendent of Camp Verde in 1999 after dedicating 40 years of his life to public education. Over the years he has been a leader in the Camp Verde community, serving on the Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce, the Camp Verde General Plan Committee, and was a member of the Camp Verde Kiwanis Club. He has also served as Chairman of the Camp Verde Endowment Board and Chairman of the Camp Verde Christian School Board. Phil was a board member of the Verde Valley Little League Board and president of the Air Force Academy Parents Association in Arizona. He has also held a number of leadership positions at Camp Verde United Methodist Church, including chairman of the board, president of finance, lay leader, and member of the Christian Education Council.

Phil is predeceased by his parents, Earl and Irene England; his brother, Alan England; her sister, Myrene England; daughters, Jennifer Marie England and Joan Christine Feller, and son, Jeffrey Phillip England. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 60 years, Donna; son, Joel England (Alison); daughter, Julie England; grandchildren, Ashley (Preston), Beau and Cade Petefish, Kelsey, Alex, Annika, Heath (Liz), Brianna and Christina England, and Zach and Julia Feller. Phil is also survived by his brother, Aaron England (Mary); sister, Patricia McMahan; brother-in-law, Frank Carbee (Dottie); son-in-law, Kurt Feller; eight nieces and nephews and great-grandchildren, Belle England and Phillip Petefish.

A memorial service will be held at the Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts at 10:00 am on November 20, 2021. In lieu of flowers, the family asked for donations to be made to the Phillip E. England Center for the Performing Arts and the Camp Verde Library.

Arrangements are in the hands of the Greer Mortuary in Sedona.

The information was provided by Greer Mortuary in Sedona.

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