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Obituary: Michael Harvey Phelps

"Be a Doer!"

Michael Harvey Phelps, age 42, passed away at home in the early morning hours of March 1, 2003, with his loving wife close by his side. Although cancer took his life, he faced this challenge with courage and hope and never lost the positive outlook that so characterized his life.

Michael was born on December 4, 1960 in Garberville, California to David N. and Tamara Jensen Phelps. He married Aliete Perez for all eternity on August 15, 1987 in the Oakland LDS Temple. Aliete rarely left his side during the long months of his illness and cared for him with unselfish love and tenderness as she attended to his every need. They have been blessed with four wonderful children: Dustin Perez Phelps, Kelsey Ann Perez Phelps, Spencer Perez Phelps and Michael Harvey Phelps, Jr.

Michael was a wonderful father and nothing made him happier than being with his family. Together they enjoyed many vacations, especially to the beaches of San Diego. He loved the solitude of Antelope Island. Their most precious moments together, however, were spent as a family within the walls of their home during family home evenings and scripture study. His wife and children love and admire him very much and know he will always be a part of their lives.

He was a faithful and very active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in the Texas Dallas Mission and in a variety of later callings. He especially loved serving with the youth and was instrumental in encouraging the majority of "his" young men to serve missions.

Michael lived his life the same way he ran a marathon - with enthusiasm, determination and a desire to succeed. He will be remembered for the example he was in every aspect of his life. He was never a quitter and had a winning spirit. He inspired many, especially his own family.

Michael is survived by his wife and children of Kaysville; his angel mother, Tamara Phelps of Fruit Heights; one sister, Karen (Steve) Bastow, Liberty; three brothers, David (Mary) Phelps; Daniel (Cindy) Phelps; and Barry Phelps, all of Fruit Heights; along with many loving nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his father and by his sister, Debra Lynne Phipps, who died only nine hours before Michael.

The family wishes to thank all those who have expressed their love and concern in so many compassionate ways.

Friends and relatives may call at Lindquist's Layton Mortuary, 1867 North Fairfield Road, Layton, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2003.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2003 at 11 a.m. at the Kaysville Fairfield Ward, 1085 North 50 East, Kaysville. There will be a viewing at the church from 9:30

to 10:45 a.m. prior to the services. Interment, Kaysville City Cemetery, 500 East Crestwood Road, Kaysville, Utah. E-mail condolences to the family at