Phil Balsley, 88, of Cottonwood AZ died in Phoenix on January 8, 2011, from complications following a fall.
Born Jan. 26, 1922 in Seneca Falls, NY to Donald and Mathilda Balsley, Phil and his brother Romeyn spent most of their lives in New York State.
A veteran of the US Army Air Force during WWII, he received his BA degree in business administration from San Diego State University in 1951, and returned to Rochester, NY where he began his long career at Eastman Kodak.
While at Kodak, he rose through the ranks into senior management where he retired in 1980. Phil married Mary Ellen Vreeland in 1949, and is survived by Bryce Balsley of Raleigh, NC, Todd Balsley of Houston, TX and Dorinda Holaday of Bethesda, MD. He enjoyed hiking, yoga, astronomy and global travel.
An avid aviator, he was a former member of the Prescott Soaring Society. He strongly supported the National Kidney Foundation and other charities.
Phil had two mantras for life: it’s all about a positive attitude, and you can only depend on yourself.
He was quick to laugh, and maintained a strong determination to enjoy life.
A memorial service will be held in San Diego, CA; in lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona, 4203 East Indian School Rd #140, Phoenix, AZ 85018.
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