Philip Engleman, 1960-2019

Philip Engleman

Philip Joseph Engleman, 59, passed away Sept. 29, 2019 from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident. Born Jan. 14, 1960 in Detroit, Michigan to David and Phyllis Engleman, Philip was the third of their four children.

Philip moved to Green River, Utah in 1972, where he met his high school sweetheart, Danna Kay Bastian. They married in 1982. Philip graduated from Green River High School in 1978 and received a degree in Airframe and Power Plant Mechanics from Dixie College

Philip joined the Air Force in 1986. He served as an administration specialist at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida, where he became chief of Document Security. Philip received a Meritorious Service Medal, two Good Conduct Awards, two Outstanding Unit Awards, and a National Defense Achievement Medal. He received an honorable discharge and served in the reserves for six years at Hill AFB.

Upon returning to Green River, Philip worked for Glen Canyon National Recreation Area at Halls Crossing and Bullfrog for over 16 years. From there, he went to work for the Bureau of Land Management in Hanksville, Utah, where he was due to retire in January.

Philip’s passion was volunteering for his community. He served on the Green River Volunteer Fire Department for 37 years where he was currently sitting as fire chief. Philip was a critical component in the development of Green River’s new Public Safety Building. He was always insistent that his firefighters had the gear and equipment they needed to do their best.

Philip also worked for S&S Garage, drove the ambulance for the EMS, served on the Green River City Council, and volunteered for search and rescue. He enjoyed following high school sports and drove the athletic bus for many years.

When Philip was not volunteering for the community, you could find him enjoying the outdoors. He loved watching NASCAR and rode motocross races in his younger years. Philip would help anyone who needed help. His favorite times were spent with his kids and grandkids. He loved being Papa Joe.

He was preceded in death by his father, David. He is survived by his wife, Danna; children, Diana (Dustin) Gingerich; Tracy (Brandon) Wareham; Kira (TJ) Hughes; and Tate; mother, Phyllis; siblings, David (Mary) Engleman; Kathy Morgan and Richard Englemann, as well as grandchildren, Logen, Jordynne, Brooklynne, Peyton (due to arrive in January), Tylee, and Raelynn.

A service will be held in mid-November, upon completion of the Green River Public Safety Building. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are welcome to share memories of Philip online at