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Philip Joel Perez

Died: Sun., May 1, 2011

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STEVENSVILLE - Philip Joel Perez, 23, of Stevensville went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 1, 2011.  He was born May 5, 1987 in Stevensville to Art and Cheri Perez.                 Philip graduated in 2005 and received his associates degree from Miles City Community College in 2008.  He was the head coach of the Bitterroot Bucs for the 2010 and 2011 seasons.  Philip had a deep love for his family and for baseball.  He enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles, playing cribbage, watching Sports Center and watching Scooby Doo with his little sister and niece.                 Philip was preceded in death by his grandfather, Johnny Perez and his great-grandfather, Harold Q. Cochran.  He is survived by his parents, Art and Cheri Perez of Stevensville; 5 brothers, Kevin and wife Mandi and their daughter Avery of Glendive, MT, Jason and fiancAC. Lisa of Los Angeles, CA, Marcus and wife Brenna of Virginia Beach, VA, Matthew of Stevensville and Ben of Stevensville; his sister, Emily of Stevensville; his great-grandmother, Cora Cochran of Stevensville; grandparents, Eldon and Linda Champion of Stevensville; his grandma, Evangelina Perez of Ontario, CA; his uncle Skip and wife Cyndi of Stevensville; his aunt Jeri Piceno of Ontario, CA; his aunt Yolanda Girardot of Fontana, CA; his aunt Patsy Ryan and husband Leo of Cerritos, CA and several  cousins.                 There will be a private family gathering Thursday evening.  Memorial services will be held on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm at the Lone Rock Bible Church with Pastor Mark Hofman officiating.  Honorary pallbearers with be Kevin, Jason, Marcus, Matthew and Ben Perez.  The family suggests that memorials be made in Philip's name to the Bitterroot Bucs, PO Box 1111, Florence, MT  59833.

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Vanessa Ward/ Aaron Ward
   Posted Wed May 04, 2011
I am very sorry for your loss.
My heart goes out to your entire family!

God Bless and give you comfort.

Jeff and Rosalind Dixon
   Posted Wed May 04, 2011
Our heart's broke when we heard the news about Philip. Our prayers go out for you all during this difficult time. We live in MS now, but please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Norma and Ron Becker boys
   Posted Wed May 04, 2011
We are all so saddened by the news of Phils accident. May God comfort you in this time and may His grace be sufficient to see you all through it. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Steve/Jo/Tyler Davolt
   Posted Wed May 04, 2011
We are heartbroken to hear of Philip's passing-words just never seem to be able to come when news such as this occurs. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Bear, Lucille & Dan McKinney
   Posted Wed May 04, 2011
We are so sorry to hear about Philip. Our hearts go out to all of you. It is a great lost to the baseball family for we have all been a big part of.

Daniel and Linda Mullan and boys
   Posted Wed May 04, 2011
Art and Cheri and Family--We pray that God holds you in his hands at this time. We always think of you and your family and what you gave to us, Art, coaching our sons, and Cheri and children, sharing the baseball fun. Thank you for those times, and in remembering those times, we will remember Philip.

Bill & Patty Gress Hanson
   Posted Wed May 04, 2011
So very , very sorry to hear about the loss of your son. I cannot imagine the pain you must feel. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts & prayers. May God bless & keep you safe through this most difficult time.

Scott Sparks - Lewistown Redbirds
   Posted Wed May 04, 2011
On behalf of the Lewistown Redbirds Baseball Program, I would like to offer our deepest sympathies to the Perez family. I am priviledged to have coached against Phil has a player and more recently as a coach. The boys in our program and I all had a great deal of respect for him as an athlete and as a person. He will greatly be missed by all of us the Legion Baseball family. God Bless you during this trying time.

Alan and Robin Henderson
   Posted Wed May 04, 2011
We are truly sorry for the loss of Phil. Phil was a young man that was a pleasure to be around and will be missed dearly. May the Lord Jesus Christ hold you in your time of pain and bring comfort to you knowing that Phil is in heaven with him. God Bless, Alan and Robin Henderson

Bob Crossman
   Posted Wed May 04, 2011
We would like to offer our deepest sympathies to the Perez family. Philip's passing will surly be felt by his family on and of the Buc's diamond and will affect baseball throughout the valley.

Bob, Jamie, & Clint Crossman, Past Pres. Hamilton Babe Ruth, South Valley Baseball & Current Bitterroot Red Sox Parents

Angie and Gordon McCullough
   Posted Wed May 04, 2011
iAlthough no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, we want you to know that our son admired Phil so much, and in the few short years Braxton has served as bat boy for the Bucs, Phil gave him some childhood memories too wonderful to ever forget. It won't be the coaching tip he shared that he'll always remember, but the fact that he did it so genuinely, with a smile and big heart. We wanted to let you know that you have our deepest sympathy, and our hearts are truly saddened.

Loni and Jim Ray
   Posted Wed May 04, 2011
Dearest Cheri, Art and family,
Our hearts go out to you! God bless you and keep you and may our Lord Jesus be a balm to your soul.

Barbara Hartzell
   Posted Wed May 04, 2011
Cheri: You have my deepest sympathy. You and your family are in my prayers.

Billie Sitte
   Posted Thu May 05, 2011
Art, Cheri, & Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you all at this time.

Billie (Herriot) Sitte

Billie Sitte
   Posted Thu May 05, 2011
Art, Cheri, & Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you.

Billie (Herriot) Sitte

Melinda Fite
   Posted Thu May 05, 2011
Cherie,
So sorry. My heart aches for you. Our prayers are with you all.

Heather Mousley
   Posted Thu May 05, 2011
Art & Cheri,
I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We sure have a lot of good memories during all of those baseball years. May God send down extra blessings for your family at this time. With love, The Mousley's (Ron, Heather, Jordan & Skyler)

Jessica Reichert Burson
   Posted Thu May 05, 2011
Dear Perez Family,

I am so sorry the loss of your wonderful son and brother. Your family is so kind and giving. Although I haven't been around Philip in recent years, I can see that he was a tremendous asset to the community and family, a true Perez.

May you feel the comfort and love of Jesus and all of us who are here for you during this difficult time.

Jessica

Sandy Anderson
   Posted Thu May 05, 2011
Dear Art, Cherie and family - we were heartbroken to hear of Phil's passing. Please know that you are all in our prayers. May the Lord Jesus Christ comfort you as you grieve the loss of your son and brother. Through the baseball years, there are so many memories. I know he will be dearly missed by so many whose lives he touched. God Bless, Jason & Sandy Anderson and kids: Koby & Annie Salmela, Jaysen, Levi & Kaleb Anderson

Laura LeGris
   Posted Thu May 05, 2011
Dear Cheri and Perez family,
I'm so very sorry for your loss. I will always remember Phil with the fondest memories of Bucs summers and youth group evenings...always ready to chat with me about our beloved Dodgers. You all our in my thoughts and prayers. I know he is deeply missed by many. May God comfort you all during this time.

Chauncy Handran
   Posted Thu May 05, 2011
Art, Cherie and family,
This is Chauncy, one of Phil's teammates from MCC and I just wanted to let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers. I will never forget Phils energetic smile and enormous heart. He will be missed by many. Take care.
Chauncy and Randi Handran

Marsha and Kyle
   Posted Fri May 06, 2011
Art and Cherie,
My heart is breaking for all of you. I admire you both so much. You are truly amazing people and your family is a reflection of that. Philip was such an engaging young man. He had such a genuine smile that lit up a baseball dugout. Thank you for sharing him with us.

Marsha

Vickie Vernon
   Posted Fri May 06, 2011
Art and Cherie;
My thoughts and prayers are with you and the whole family at this time. Though I didn't get to know Phillip personally, I did watch him coach the Buc's and saw him with you. The loss of a child is something I cannot imagine. My heart breaks for you all. Remember you are good parents who teach your children well. The memories will last forever.
God Bless,
Vickie Vernon

Shane Niederklein
   Posted Fri May 06, 2011
Phil's family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Had some good times with Phil at Miles City and Dickinson on and off the baseball field. He will always be my favorite 3rd baseman. Had some memories that I won't forget.

God Bless,
Shane

Steve and Jill Knoll Family
   Posted Fri May 06, 2011
We are so sorry for your loss and are praying that God will surround all of you in His presence and comfort. May He grant you the gift of His grace and give you a new vision of just how real and close heaven is.

Shane Arnott
   Posted Fri May 06, 2011
Dear Perez Family,
Please know that that all of you have been in my deepest thoughts and prayers. I hope and pray that your loss of Philip will in time give you all greater strength in all the good memories and his love that is still with you. You're in our hearts and as some time passes and you feel talking, we will be there.
Love to all of you.

Jim & Leslie Tadvick
   Posted Sat May 07, 2011
We are so sorry for your loss. Out thoughts and prayers are with you. The only comfort one can have is knowing that he is in heaven with our Lord and Savior.

Peggy Iba
   Posted Sat May 07, 2011
Art & Cheri-
Our heart goes out to you and your family. May God comfort you and surround you with love and hope. He was a positive influence on his team and that will live on. Miles away we wish we could give you a big hug and take away your sorrow.

Rick Borden
   Posted Mon May 09, 2011
Art & Family,

So sorry to read about the loss of your son. Although I never personally knew Philip, I am sure he was a great person, just like his dad and older brothers. May the memories and years you were able to share together, help you and your family through these trying times.

The Perez family will always be synonymous with the Bitterroot Bucs.

Celia
   Posted Mon May 09, 2011
Art, Cheri, Jason and Family,

My children and I grief for your loss. Jason introduced Philip to our family, when he came to California to visit. He was sweet to my children and was a wonderful person to be around. I spent time telling my children funny stories about Jason and one about Philip and let them know that we are friends, no matter what happens. I hope your hearts can heal from this.

Alan and Janice Kelley
   Posted Mon May 09, 2011
Cheri, Art, Linda, Eldon, Cora and all of your family, Our sympathy and caring go out to you in this tragic loss.

Anna and Tom Miller
   Posted Wed May 11, 2011
Perez Family, Our heart felt sympathy at the passing of
your son and loved one.

Kevin and Jenny Harrold
   Posted Wed May 11, 2011
We are so saddened by the passing of your son, and are praying for you. My Dad died last month of a suprise heart attack, and the pain of death is so unbearably hard! We know you have trust in Jesus Christ, who can hold us through these times. And our hearts are saddened with you. Please accept our sympathies.

Constantino Family
   Posted Wed May 11, 2011
We are so sorry to hear about your son Philip. Our sympathy and prayers are with you during this sad time. You are a delightful family, stay strong and God Bless you all. Please accept our sympathies, The Constantino Family (your old neighbors on Central Avenue), Liz, Brittany, Kyle and Brooke

Friend in Christ
   Posted Sun May 15, 2011
I did not know Phil, and do not know any of your family, but I wanted to say I am so sorry for your loss. Although I have never lost a child or brother, I lost my father at a young age and know your pain. We are all brothers and sisters in christ alone... Keep your trust and faith in the lord almighty and he will see you through.... God bless your family and your in my prayers...

Tim and Suzy Miller
   Posted Mon May 16, 2011
Art, Cheri and Family,
Words are inadequate but we want you to know that our hearts, thoughts and and prayers are with you during at this time.

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