Phillip Carl Heiss, 68, passed away unexpectedly in Portland, Oregon on May 18, 2021.
He was born September 17,1952 in Downey, California to William and Helen Heiss, who would later retire to Brookings. Phil graduated from Downey High in 1970, followed by graduating chiropractic school with his doctorate in 1983.
Phillip and Linda were married September 8, 1982 and for more than 13 years prior to Linda’s passing from Parkinson’s disease. Together they had three sons - Blake, Corbin and Dane (all graduates of BHHS) whom Phil did his absolute best in raising as a single father.
The family moved to Brookings in 1996, where Phil quickly became a popular member of the community. He worked with multiple charities, including Habitat for Humanity, as well as serving as a volunteer firefighter, OSU Master Gardner, and frequent volunteer for many years at the Botanical Garden. What’s more, he was an avid collector of hobbies including beekeeping, gardening, landscape design, wine making and home brewing for family and friends.
He resided 20 years in Brookings before relocating to Portland to be closer to two of his sons. During the last several years, he would frequently return to the Brookings area to visit family and friends, and Crescent City to see his other son, daughter-in-law, Lacey, and spoil his granddaughters - Nova and Sunday.
He will be missed beyond what words have the capacity to capture, having been an exceptional and selfless father who set an enduring example for his sons; as well as being a beloved husband, grandfather, brother, and friend to many.
He is survived by his three sons and two granddaughters, as well as sisters, Sister Diane Heiss, SDSH and Rosemary Heiss Bane, and brother David Heiss. Phil was proceeded in death by his brother, Raymond Heiss of Brookings earlier this year, and wife, Linda Heiss, in 1996.
A small family ceremony is tentatively planned for this summer.