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Posted at 1:38 PM ET, 08/20/2010

Plane crash victim remembered

By Michael Bolden

The Germantown man and former staffer to Sen. Ted Stevens (R) who died earlier this month in an Alaskan plane crash was remembered Friday as a gregarious family man who would have been grateful for his youngest son's survival.

William D. "Bill" Phillips Sr., 56, an attorney and lobbyist at the D.C. law firm of Utrecht & Phillips, was killed on Aug. 9 when the private plane he and eight others were flying in crashed into a remote hillside northwest of Dillingham, Alaska. The group had set out from a lodge on a salmon fishing trip in a 1957 DeHavilland floatplane.

Phillips was traveling with his 13-year-old son, William "Willy" Phillips Jr., who survived. The younger Phillips, an eighth grader at Mater Dei School in Bethesda, broke his leg and he attended Friday's funeral in a wheelchair wearing casts on both his leg and hand. He didn't speak at the service at Our Lady of Mercy in Potomac and followed his father's casket out of the church holding his mother's hand.

Phillips's three eldest sons did speak, with Andrew Phillips, a fifth-year senior at Stanford, saying his father died as he lived, "with no frills and no presumptions."

"Willy, the way you acted under these circumstances is truly phenomenal," Andrew said.

-- Derek Kravitz

By Michael Bolden  | August 20, 2010; 1:38 PM ET
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