Philip Joseph Haas III
August 23, 1960 – November 2, 2019
Philip Joseph Haas III was born on August 23, 1960 in Bryan, Texas, to Philip and Jo Ann Haas. He was part of a large and loving family. On November 2, 2019, Philip breathed his last earthly breath, took his first heavenly breath, and heard Jesus say “Well done, my good and faithful servant”. Visitation will begin at 5 pm, Wednesday, November 13, 2019 with a rosary recited at 6:30 pm, both at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center. Funeral Mass will be at 11 am, Thursday, November 14, 2019, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Inunrment will follow at a later date. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers, Bryan-College Station.
Philip graduated from Bryan High School and later became an Eagle Scout in 1978. The day after graduation, he joined the U.S. Army Reserves and would later become an assistant Army chaplain. Upon return, he enrolled at Sam Houston State University where he completed a degree in special education. He later returned to Sam Houston and completed a master’s degree in counseling.
Philip met the love of his life, Suzanne, through her sister, Marie. He became like a member of that family and attended bible studies in their home and enjoyed “wine dates” with his future mother-in-law. Phil and Suzanne married on December 29, 1990 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and have shared almost 29 years of loving marriage
Phil lived passionately, loved fiercely, and no one experienced that more than his family. His love for family was evident to anyone and everyone who knew him. His children were truly the joy and love of his life. Christopher Michael (28) and Christina Marie (25) are two people who experienced the love of a father the way that God intended for every child to experience the love of a father. Phil found joy and peace in nature among plants and animals and looked forward to the annual family trip to Garner State Park.
Philip had a deep love and passion to make a difference in the lives of other people. He especially believed in helping Individuals with different abilities achieve their fullest potential and experience all of life’s beauty. His career serving those with intellectual and developmental disabilities has spanned more than 30 years in both the private and public sector and directly impacted the quality and availability of services across Texas. Phil brought his vision to life by creating Beautiful Abilities, which was founded on the belief that every life has value
Philip was preceded in death by one sibling, Michael Haas and mother-in-law Irma Benavides. He is survived by his loving wife, Suzanne Benavides and his adoring children, Chris & Christina; his mother and father, Philip and Jo Ann Haas; siblings, Cindy Davis (Mack), Pam Blackmon (John), Frank (Carmen), Greg (Judi), Sharon Greer (Mike), Jeff (Robin), father in law, Alberto Benavides, sisters-in-law Marie Trevino (Rene) and Ivonne Kindt, along with numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and friends.
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