Dennis was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 17, 1950 and moved with his family to Santa Barbara in 1961. As an avid surfer, Dennis enjoyed his teenage years in Southern California in the era of the emerging surf scene. He graduated from Dos Pueblos High School in 1969.
In the Summer and Autumn seasons of his life, Dennis dabbled in different occupations including Abalone diving and construction work. His love and passion for the ocean were evident. His travels rarely carried him far from the ocean, traveling to Hawaii where he worked in construction on many of the islands and immersed himself in the surf scene.
Many thanks to a longtime friend and neighbor, Cindy, for her caring and attention to Dennis in the last months of his life. Special thanks also to the VNA and Hospice nurses.
Dennis is preceded in death by his mother, Lorraine Phillips. He is survived by his father Jerome Phillips, sister June Darby (Bob), daughter Carena, and son Nicholas. Dennis passed away on February 12, 2016 at Serenity House. Any donations, please make in the name of Dennis Phillips to the Visiting Nurses Association or Serenity House.