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GUEST,George Mann Obit: Utah Phillips (1935-2008) (135* d) RE: Obit: Utah Phillips 5/15/35-5/24/08 25 May 08

With such sadness, I typethese words. Utah was such a great person, such a dear and interested friend to everyone... so many hearts are sad this weekend.

But I ask folks to go to and on Duncan's blog, you can read Utah'slast note, posted right around his birthday, just 10 days ago.

I read that letter twice and I hope you will too. I just want to say that what I took away from that letter was that Utah was ready to go. It was so clear to me at the time that I called and left a message the next day-- telling the answering machine what deep love I had for him, how his work and presence had made such a big difference in my own life and work, and how I hoped to hear his voice again soon.

I think it's important to remember that once this community took over and made sure he and Joanna would not want for money, once he saw the love and togetherness he had inspired, it would have been hard for him to do more... and that is the mark of a complete life. Maybe we were not ready for him to go, but if ever a person deserved to die peacefully in his sleep, it was Bruce.

He rests and we will continue his work. Peace, George

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