Phillip Cutler Ferguson, 70, of Denver and Evanston, died March 4, surrounded by his family.
The son of the late Robert and Carolyn Ferguson, Phil was born March 16, 1948, in Philadelphia, and spent his early years in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, and Clearwater, Florida, before the family moved to Santa Barbara, California, in 1960.
Phil was a graduate of Chico State College, California State University Northridge and earned a doctoral degree in education foundations and research from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Phil spent his professional career working as a school psychologist. He enjoyed helping his students and working alongside his colleagues throughout the years. In 1998, Phil started his own oil production company, Ferguson Energy. He loved being outdoors and working on his oil properties with family and friends.
Phil is survived by his wife of 36 years, Kelly; his daughter, Kelci (Harley) Ringer; and grandchildren, Jocelyn and Jude Cutler of Salt Lake City; his son, Gavin (Bianca) of Houston; his brother, Richard (Sean) of Palm Springs, California; his brother, Bob (JoAnn) of Napa, California; and in-laws, Guy and Virginia Stroud of Denver.
Per Phil’s request, a remembrance gathering will be held this summer in the Uinta Mountains he loved so much.
The following is an adapted excerpt from the movie, “The Book of Eli,” that brought Phil much comfort in his final weeks:
Thank you for giving me the strength and conviction to complete the life you entrusted in me.
Thank you for guiding me through the many obstacles in my path and keeping me resolute when all around seemed lost.
Thank you for your protection and your many signs along the way.
Thank you for any good that I have done, I’m sorry about the bad.
Thank you for the family and friends you gave me along the way, please watch over them as you watched over me.
Thank you for finally allowing me to rest. I’m so very tired. But I go now to my rest, at peace, knowing I have done right with my time on this earth.
I fought the good fight, I finished the race, I kept the faith.
God be with.