Phillip Max Hall passed away on Wednesday July 12th at his home in Pleasant Grove Utah, following complications due to surgery. He fought valiantly to recover, and was so happy to come home to rest in the company and love of his family. \n\nHe was born in Long Beach California on September 4th 1940 to William Eugene and Marjorie Myrtle Hall. He was the 4th of ten children. He grew up in Compton California where he graduated from Compton High School in 1958. Right after high school Phil went to Compton Community College, where he played first string on the football team. He was a lineman playing both defense and offense. Phil’s football moniker was “the Flying Wedge.” \n\n Phil served in the Northern States Mission. After his mission he attended Brigham Young University. Finances were tight, and he returned home. He was always grateful for his poverty because he met the love of his life, at a Long Beach Stake Dance, Mary-Jo Price. After eight days of dating he popped the question. Mary-jo’s sister Sue had made them a picnic lunch of fried chicken and potato salad, which they ate at Mission San Juan Capistrano. They found themselves at Dana Point Beach where of course Mary-Jo said yes! The newlyweds made their first home in Long Beach California. \n\nPhil and Mary-Jo pulled up stakes and headed to Utah so he could pursue a degree in teaching. He received a degree from Weber State in biology along with a teaching certificate. \n\nThe couple welcomed their son Phillip Max Hall Jr. On September 3rd 1967. Three years later they completed their family with the birth of Rebecca Kathleen Hall born July 7th 1970. While “Max” was named after his father “Becky” was named after her great Irish aunt Kathleen. The little family of four then moved to Thoreau New Mexico where Phil taught high school and coached all the sports. Their next move was to Buena Park, California. Opportunities were limited so Phil took his family to Manti Utah. He taught Special Education and Math. He of course coached football. Finding Manti not to their liking the next stop was Orem, Utah. Their final home was in Pleasant Grove where Phil and Mary-Jo were able to buy some land. Phil was so happy to have some land to grow a lush garden, plant a small orchard , and raise goats and chickens.\n\nPhil worked for the State of Utah, eventually retiring from the IRS as a revenue officer. He and Mary-jo served in the Farmington New Mexico mission, where they were dearly loved. \n\nPhil made his famous yeast rolls frequently to take to church on Sundays. While Phil’s first love was his wife and family, his second was football. His favorite team was the Los Angeles Rams. There wasn't anything Phil couldn't do. He was a talented musician, singer, baker, cook, and gardener. His lemon squares are famous throughout his family. He fixed his old Yellow Nova, until it wouldn't run anymore. He preserved fruit from his orchard and made the most delicious blackberry jam, from his own berries. His rose garden brought beauty to his family. He always missed California and the ocean. He frequently took his children and grandkids there. He was a generous grandfather, and spoiled his beloved grandkids whenever he got the chance. One of his favorite things to do at the beach was to buy large seashells and hide them in the sand for his unsuspecting grandchildren to joyously find. \n\nPhil is preceded in death by his Father William Eugene, Mother Marjorie Myrtle, Siblings Bill Hall, Sally Tofilau, Gerlald Hall, Tom Hall, Robert Hall, Dan Hall, Dave Hall, and his beloved son Max Hall. He is survived by his wife Mary-jo, daughter Becky Holley(Jeff Holley) grandchildren Zachary, Alexandra, Kate, and Dylan. Max and Melissa’s children Sean, Jessica, Emily, and Morgan. Max and Linda’s son Jackson. Phil will be dearly missed by his family including his orange cat Chee. Chee will miss sitting in his buddies lap watching football.\n\nFuneral services will be held Thursday, July 20, 2023 at 11:00 am in the Manila 3rd Ward Chapel, 3785 West Box Elder Drive, Cedar Hills, Utah. Family and friends may attend a viewing from 9:30-10:45 am prior to services. The interment will take place at Pleasant Grove Cemetery. \n\nCondolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.