On the evening of July 5, 2017, in Rosamond, Calif., Phillip Ray Crandall passed away quietly in his home. Born in Los Angeles on Nov. 7, 1939, Phillip "Phil" grew up loving all things with an engine, especially hot rods, and the Los Angeles Dodgers with Vin Scully.

After attending Whittier High School, he graduated from Fullerton College with a degree in drafting. He then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. After being honorably discharged, Phil had a long engineering career working with such notable firms as Caterpillar, Northrop, Lockheed Martin, and Saber. He was proud to be part of the team that engineered mechanics for NASA’s Space Shuttle program.

Phil married Suky, the love of his life, on Oct. 14, 1961, and for more than 55 years, she’s been by his side. He also had a beautiful cat named Molly, who was a constant companion. Phil was loving and kind, and with a blue-eyed twinkle he could always make you laugh until your sides ached.

In addition to Suky, he is survived by his five children, Laura (Mike), Katherine, Cary (Esther), Scott (Ashley), and Rebekkah (Jose); and his nine grandchildren, Kyle, Moipis, Alexandria, Monica, Megan, Brenna, Dylan, Christopher (Ailsa), and Samantha. Phil is also survived by his sister, Gloria Leach, with whom he was especially close; his nephew, John (Kerry); and nieces, Tracey (Ken) and Christy; and five grandnephews and grandnieces, and their children.

Celebration of Life services will be announced soon. For more information, please email his eldest daughter, Laura Eskilson, at yourtouchcreations@yahoo.com.

Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with his care. For condolences please visit www.woodmortuary.net.

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