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Obituary: Phillip Calvin William Erbaugh

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Obituary: Phillip Calvin William Erbaugh

February 12, 1940-July 24, 2015

TWIN FALLS | Phillip Calvin William Erbaugh, "Cal", was born February 12, 1940 in Sheridan, Wyoming, the only child of Phillip and Ruth Erbaugh. Though he moved many times in his younger years, he spent most of his time, and every summer at his grandparents ranch in Sheridan, Wyoming. There he enjoyed honing his cowboy skills, riding horses and working with cattle. He graduated high school, a three-sport stand-out athlete, from Shelby, Montana. He passed on multiple athletic scholarship offers and joined the Army where he served 6 months active duty at Ft. Ord, California. After the military, he attended college at Montana State University and later University of Montana, earning his bachelor's in sociology. He worked in Billings as a juvenile parole officer for 5 years before completing his master's degree in vocational rehabilitation at Eastern Montana college. He eventually took a position in Cheyenne, Wyoming with the U.S. Probation Office as a parole and probation officer. He transferred to Twin Falls, Idaho in 1985 and retired, after 20 years of service, in 1992.

While at the University of Montana, Cal, being carried out of his dorm room by his buddies, met his wife, Carol Jean Schmidt. The two married 9 months later on June 9th, 1965 and had 3 daughters, Cirstin J. Zimmermann (Eric), Callae Rene Marcellus (Ace) and Chelsey Erin Franz (Eddie). While in Wyoming, Cal was active in the local Cheyenne Wranglers 4-H club, helping his daughters learn to ride horses, raise cows, sheep, pigs, 2 ornery roosters and 1 ram that tolerated no one but Cal himself. He served multiple times as a Mounted Marshall for Cheyenne Frontier Days. His horse, Babe (named after his wife), accompanied him in this role. Once in Twin Falls, his focus after retirement turned to golf. He was a student of the game, crafting his own clubs (and clubs for his children as well) and joining both Twin Falls Municipal Golf Club and Canyon Spring Golf Club and enjoyed golfing at many other courses as well. He made many wonderful friends through golfing and his tournament winnings (primarily in the form of pro shop credit) blessed his daughters and son-in-laws each year as he would let them split his earnings amongst themselves.

This past June, Cal celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary by taking the whole family to Orlando, Florida where he swam with dolphins, visited Sea World and enjoyed a wonderful vacation with his wife, children and grandchildren. He passed away a month later while on vacation at the Oregon coast, with his wife. He loved his family, loved to laugh, and he enjoyed life immensely.

Cal is survived by his wife Carol; 3 daughters: Cirstin (Eric) of Boise, Idaho, Callae (Ace) of Twin Falls, Idaho and Chelsey (Eddie) of Louisville, Kentucky; and 6 granddaughters: Logan and Alex Zimmermann, Mehli and Allaesa Marcellus, Addison and Gwyneth Franz.

A golf scramble memorial will be held on October 18, 2015 at Canyon Spring Golf Club. Proceeds will go to the Magic Valley Jr. Golf Foundation in hopes that future generations will learn to love the game as much as he did. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Magic Valley Jr. Golf Foundation.


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