Philip B. Verdin Wednesday, March 22, 1944 - Saturday, May 20, 2017
Philip B. Verdin
Philip B. Verdin, 73, Brother, Uncle, Friend, and Godfather to many, was the first born of five sons to Virginio and Josefina Verdin on March 22, 1944 in Santa Maria. He passed away on May 20, 2017 at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara.
Phil, as he was known to most of his close friends, graduated from Santa Maria High School with the Class of 1962 and was always interested in auto mechanics. He was one of Mr. Wray’s favorite students in auto technology class at Santa Maria High where he learned how to use specialized tools and also became a good welder. Soon after graduation, he co-owned and operated an auto repair business; Hap & Phil’s Union 76 gas station at the corner of Blosser and Main in Santa Maria. He went on to become a Certified Master Automotive Technician and worked at various auto dealerships in Santa Maria and Lompoc. His last job was with Toyota of Santa Maria where he worked for over 35 years until his failing health caused him to take an early retirement. During his prime years, he was involved with stock car racing. He owned and was the lead mechanic of two mini-stock Toyota race cars, traveling with his team around the state competing in the oval dirt track circuit, including the Santa Maria Speedway, Bakersfield, and Newhall Race Tracks.
Phil was an avid bowler. He competed as an amateur pro bowler with the American Bowling Congress League. He traveled the country in his RV to bowling tournaments and championship events in New York, Memphis, Las Vegas, Reno, and other regional areas. One of his accomplishments as an amateur bowler was to have bowled a perfect 300 at least twice. During breaks from bowling he liked to go fishing and boating, especially at Lopez Lake.
Phil was a life-long devout Catholic and served as an alternate Board Member for the Cross of Peace Project in Santa Maria. He was probably well known during his younger years as one of the “Verdin boys.” He would go around the then, small town of Santa Maria, pushing a trailer by hand with his four brothers to go work on his parent’s rental properties and dirt lots around town where his father harvested the jicama crops for commercial sale. This molded him to become an experienced handyman and a long-time landlord that kept him rather busy.
Philip was preceded in death by his parents, Virginio Verdin and Josefina Verdin, brothers; Joe Verdin, John Verdin, Joel Verdin, Ciro Verdin, Delano Verdin, and Joey Verdin. Sisters; Josefina Varela, Mercedes Avila, and Virginia Armenta. He is survived by brothers and sisters-in-law; Jesse (Amy) Verdin, Simon (Lupe) Verdin, and sister and brother-in-law; Judy (Baldemar) Galvan. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, May 31 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, with the rosary to be recited at 6:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 1 at St. Mary’s of Assumption Catholic Church. Burial will follow immediately at the Santa Maria Cemetery.