In Memory

Phillip C. Lame** - Class Of 1965

Phillip C. Lame**

Philip C. Lame
1941 - 2010

Capt. Philip Charles Lame, 62, of Lewiston, passed away Monday,
January 11, 2010, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Phil endured a long and brave battle with prostate cancer.

He was born April 19, 1947, in Moscow, to Warren and Camille Lame. His father, Warren, was a career Air Force officer, and Phil grew up living in California, Washington and Japan where he attended Johnson High School. Phil's dad was given orders and the family moved to Illinois in 1965, where Phil graduated from O'Fallon High School.

A favorite family story is of Phil trying out for the track team at O'Fallon. After being advised by the coach that he had no natural ability and could never make it as a runner, Phil ended up setting the O'Fallon High School record for the 880 Yard Run.

After high school, Phil attended the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1969. He met his future wife of 40 years, Yvonne Bennett of Baltimore, Md., one month prior to graduation.

Naval Career

  • His Naval career started with flight training at VT-10 in Pensacola, Fla., and Glynco, Ga., receiving his wings in 1970.

  • In May 1970, he was stationed at VC-3 Naval Air Station, North Island, Calif. One month later, he married the love of his life, Yvonne.

  • In July 1972, he received orders to the A-6 community at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, serving there for the next 12 years.

  • After Training Squadron VA-128, he entered Squadron VA-52, deploying aboard the USS Kitty Hawk.

  • In 1974, he received word, moments before being launched from the flight deck, that his firstborn son, Marc Aaron Lame, had arrived, on April 1.

  • From 1975-1977 he then served as flag aide for Adm. William Harris with COMMATVAQWINGPAC .

  • In October 1977, he started a three-year tour with Attack Squadron 145 aboard the USS Ranger,

  • From 1981-1984 on to Attack Squadron 128. He was able to experience first-hand the birth of his daughter, Kristi Anne Lame, who arrived on Nov. 1, 1982.
  • In September 1984, the Lame family headed off to Pensacola, where Phil served as XO and CO of Training Squadron VT-86.

  • Orders then sent him to Norfolk, Va., where he served as Air Boss on the newly commissioned USS Theodore Roosevelt.

  • In 1989, Phil attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., for a year, receiving his master's degree.

  • He received assignment back to the Naval Academy as the 6th Battalion Officer.

  • His final assignment was at the Pentagon for two years, before retiring to Lewiston in June 1993.

Career with Lewiston School District

After retiring from the Navy, Phil began another career as a math and computer teacher for the Lewiston School District. An interesting thing about Phil's life - while he commanded thousands of men in the Navy, being responsible for life-and-death decisions, some of his greatest contributions were as a teacher. Phil touched an amazing number of young people's lives. "He changed my life," "He wouldn't let me quit," and "He really cared," are comments frequently heard. In 2001, Phil was chosen as Lewiston teacher of the year.

It should be easy to describe this uncomplicated man who loved his wife, his children, his grandson, his parents and his friends. However, to those of us who knew him, who worked and played with him, he commanded an admiration and respect difficult to depict. The simplest jobs were done with precision and flair. He reluctantly accepted praise or acclamation. His reward was simply doing his job well, no matter the effort. He asked no one to give more than he thought they could, but he consistently and willingly gave all of himself. Phil's passion was spending time with his family, camping and fly fishing on the Lochsa River.

Phil is survived by his wife, Yvonne, at the family home in Lewiston; his children, Marc and Kristi Lame; his parents, Warren and Camille Lame; his brothers and their spouses, David and Michelle Lame and John and Nancy Jo Lame; niece and nephew Charli and Andy Lame; and his only grandchild, Sean Lame.

At Phil's request, there will be no memorial service. Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.

The family wishes to extend many heart felt thanks to Dr. Rooney, Dr. Schlegel, Dr. Anderson, Dr. Petersen and their staff; as well as everyone at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Cancer Clinic and Family Hospice. Their consideration and support, while providing care to Phil, was immensely appreciated by the family. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial gifts be made to: SJRMC Cancer Clinic or Family Hospice at P.O. Box 816, Lewiston, ID 83501.

The Johnson High alumni will miss Phil very much.