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Dean L. Phillips


Dean L. Phillips of Old Orchard Beach, ME and Scio, NY passed away Thursday, September 24, 2020 in his favorite place following a long and hard-fought battle with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease.


Born in Rumford, Maine, he was the son of Kenneth M. and Margaret Rafuse Phillips.  On July 15, 1972, in Rumford, he married the former Betty Davis, who survives him.


Dean graduated from Rumford High School and the University of Arizona with a degree in Business Administration & Marketing.  He owned and operated Vandermark Exploration, a natural gas company until 2007, then Rayner Resources for the remainder of his years.


Dean enjoyed meeting people from all walks of life during his many years of leasing.  He also enjoyed basketball, golf, traveling, and drilling gas wells.


His greatest joy was spending time with family; daughter, Danielle (Todd) MacCartney, their children Noah, Aaron, Andrew, Jeremiah, Abigail and Hollyn from Lititz, PA; son, Dean (Mindy) Phillips and their children Braya, Chase, Hudson, and Ford from Atlanta, GA.


Special thanks to the fabulous teams of Dr. Merit Cudkowicz at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Michael Kleinman at Maine Medical Partners Neurology, Home, Hope & Healing, Hospice of Southern Maine, and Dean’s personal Dream Team: Trish Austin, Arianna Samuelson, Marcia Richardson, and Logan Bubar.


Dean is also survived by his siblings, Dr. David (Janice) Phillips of Scarborough, ME, Linda (Jim) Miller of Indianapolis, IN, Douglas (Davey) Phillips of So. Lake Tahoe, CA, and Margaret “McGee” Phillips of Tucson, AZ.


Besides his parents he was predeceased by a brother Donn K. Phillips.


A gathering celebrating Deans’ life will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are under the direction of Hope Memorial Chapel.  To share condolences online, please visit


Memorials may be made to the Sean M. Healey & AMG Center at Mass General, Pioneer Oil & Gas Museum of Bolivar, NY or the Hospice of Southern Maine

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