Phillip Michael Simpson |

Phillip Michael Simpson

Phillip Michael “Phil” Simpson passed away of lung cancer Nov. 3, 2005, with his family at his side at Barton Memorial Hospital.

Phil was born Aug. 19, 1936, in San Jose, Calif., to Jack and Ruth Simpson. He graduated from Stockton High School, Stockton, Calif., in 1955, and received a degree in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1959. He used his degree in joining the family business. His father was a jeweler who had 14 stores throughout Northern California and Phil was managing 10 of them by the time he was 25. He moved to Tahoe in 1996, was married and opened his jewelry store near Stateline on Lake Tahoe Boulevard. He moved his business into the Heavenly Village Center a year ago.

Phil loved to play golf and was a member of Edgewood Tahoe. He also loved the Hawaiian Islands, where he would go two or three times a year to play golf. One of his dreams came true when he had an opportunity to play at Saint Andrews in Scotland. His other love was boating. He will be greatly missed by his family and all the other lives he came in touch with.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Esther Simpson of South Lake Tahoe; daughter and son-in-law, Debra Simpson and Michael Munoz of Stateline; son, Gregory Simpson of South Lake Tahoe; sister and brother-in-law, Paula and Pete Mulbarger of Sand Point, Idaho; nephews, Patrick Turner of South Lake Tahoe, and Matthew Mulbarger of Sand Point; and niece, Cassie Mulbarger of Sand Point. He was predeceased by his father and mother and sister, Linda Simpson.

A Celebration of Phil’s Life will take place at 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at Edgewood Tahoe. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The family suggests donations in Phil’s memory may be made to the South Lake Tahoe Cancer League, P.O. Box 16680, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151.