Peter H. Lamphere

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Our loving husband, father, and grandfather, Peter Harry Lamphere, was called home to heaven on March 22, 2020. Born in Albany, NY on September 15, 1943, he was raised in Kennewick, WA by his parents, Peter Bradt and Ethel Elizabeth Lamphere.

As a high school senior, Peter joined the United States Naval Reserve in 1961 and became active duty for the United States Navy following his 1962 high school graduation. After serving as a medic in the Vietnam War, Peter was honorably discharged with a Purple Heart in 1967.

After his Naval service, Peter attended Pacific Lutheran University where he studied religion. He then joined Weaver Airline School and later worked for Delta Airlines in Chicago and Los Angeles.

While living in Los Angeles in 1968, Peter found a Unimart Market where a beautiful lady was working at the donut counter. After weeks of buying items, only to return them so that he could see the lady often, Peter asked her on a date. Linda Jane Holt and Peter had their first date on Valentine’s Day, 1968. Just eight months later, Peter and Linda married on October 18, 1968.

Peter and Linda have shared 51 beautiful years together and have been proud to raise three children: Peter Timothy (his wife, Edie), Cynthia Lynn (her husband, Chris), and Pamela Louise (her husband, James). Together they have enjoyed creating memories with their seven wonderful grandchildren: Austin, Dominique, Emily, Kirra, Alexandra, Sydney, and Peter Bon Wyatt IV.

Peter’s love language is acts of service. He served in the following fraternal organizations: Order of DeMolay, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (55 years), Rotary International (7 years), Masonic Lodge (2 years). Peter encouraged education and gladly served on two school boards: Rowland Unified School District, California (8 years) and Agua Fria School District, Arizona (4 years). Peter gave back to his community and was proud to serve as a Chaplain for over 30 years to numerous first responders: Los Angeles County Sherriff Office, Glendale Police Department, Goodyear Police Department, Goodyear Fire Department, and West Valley Hospital. He was a committed member of First Christian Church of Rowland Heights, California, where he served as an Elder and Deacon for 15 years. Peter enjoyed helping our community youth, and he taught Bible class at Palms Academy in Goodyear, Arizona for two years. His recent home church, Christ Presbyterian Church in Goodyear, Arizona, gave him the opportunity to volunteer as a security professional and assisting other members to enjoy attending the Lord’s service each Sunday morning.

His legacy of commitment to his family, church, and community will live on through the many lives he has touched over his 76 years of life.

A celebration of life will be planned in the summer once everyone stops hoarding toilet paper and swiping all the eggs.

Peter is finer than frog’s hair now, and at home with our Lord and Savior.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Saturday, March 28, 2020, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. Condolences for the family may be left below.

16 Comments on “Peter H. Lamphere

  1. I want to express my sympathy and let you know that my thoughts are with you. It is an honor to serve you.

  2. Praying for God’s comfort for Pete’s family during this time of loss.

  3. Deepest sympathy to Linda and family. I have enjoyed knowing Pete and Linda for over 20 years here in PebbleCreek. Pete volunteered many hours to the City of Goodyear and we appreciated his commitment and willingness to serve. He will be missed but not forgotten.

  4. We have been honored to be a part of your extended family and we know how much he will be missed RIP our friend.

  5. such a wonderful man and a great influence my kids, many thoughts and prayers
    I cannot attend visitation due to work
    Carol Eldridge

  6. I am thankful for Pete’s life and ministry while I grew up at Rowland heights first Christian Church. It was a joy to watch Pete and Linda have their children, raise then, and faithfully encourage others. Even though I am in NC now, Pete was always thoughtful to connect a few times a year online. Praise the Lord for the life he lived. Praying for comfort for dear Linda and all the family. Much love in Christ, Sandra Mayhue Beasley 2 Thessalonians 3:16

  7. What an Honorable man and a Life Well-Lived. Blessings to you all, Chris and Michele (Marcellin) Smith

  8. Pete is chuckling over the way you described the timing of his celebration of life service!
    He was a good man and we have lots of memories that include him

  9. Thank you for his service on the Agua Fria School Board. I also enjoyed our lunches together and his advice in support of our students and teachers. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

    Dennis and Barbara Runyan

  10. I had the extreme privilege of knowing Pete when he served as board member for the Rowland Unified School District. He was honest and always had the best interest of the students in the district as his core mission. We communicated via Messenger often and he will be missed.

  11. To Linda, Tim, Cindy, & Pam:
    Pete & I spent many hours puzzling & trying to solve the problems & issues of Rowland Unified! I knew he was in a nursing home, but had no idea how ill he was! Prayers & a Hug to Linda & family. May he Rest In Peace!! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™

  12. I so enjoyed hearing all of the many ways Pete got involved in his community and helped so many. I have many fond memories including being at his and Lindaโ€™s wedding. Rest In Peace dear Pete. Your work is done now.

  13. My Prayers are with you Linda and Family. God Bless You All in this time of sorrow.
    As a Band Parent we first met and as a Board Member Pete always help and listen.
    Such a great man to have know.

  14. Pamela, Iโ€™m so glad I was able to meet your dad and get to know him. He truly was one of the most caring people Iโ€™ve ever met. He would always ask how I was and how my family was and I could tell he genuinely cared. Hugs and kisses to you and your family. Love, Isabel

  15. Pete was a great friend. We’ll miss him a lot particularly at our Friday dinners and Sunday brunches. Condolences to the family.

    Love to Linda and the family.

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