Philip Joseph Haas III

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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  1. Cindy and family,
    I am so deeply sorry to hear about the passing of Phil. He was a wonderful person that everyone loved. I’m praying for you and your family that you will feel God’s loving arms around you, bringing comfort and peace. God bless all of you
    Teresa Burton

  2. Condolences and sympathies to the families of Philip Haas. May God strengthen each of you during this bereavement period as well as the days ahead. God bless.

  3. May God wrap you in His arms and bring peace to your hearts. So very sorry to hear of Phil’s passing.

  4. Rest in Peace my dear friend. I had the honor of knowing you since grade-school and you were always one of my dearest friends. I know you are in Heaven giving of yourself as you have always done. I have another guardian angel in heaven. My prayers are with your family, friends, and everyone you touched in life.

  5. One of the kindest souls I ever my and I am so thankful I am to have known. I will miss his smile and talking about caring for those with special needs. My prayers are with Suzanne, and kids and family. My prayers are with you all. I love you each . God Bless.

  6. For the family,
    My feeble words cannot express the sorrow with the loss of Phillip from this world. My prayers go out for the entire Haas family as well as friends of Phillip. This world will be a little less brighter without his smile and encouragements.
    Rest in the assurances that the Father has His purposes for his early departure and we will meet again.
    Only love and sincere for Suzanne and the kids.

  7. Cindy and Family,

    I had the opportunity to see a few of the Facebook posts that Phil left about “his work “with individuals.

    Be very very proud of him and his “caring for others.” His heart of service will be greatly missed by many.

    I am thinking of you .

  8. I am shocked, as I am sure family was. Talked to him quite a bit over last few weeks. Did not hear from him last week. Paying for Suzanne and family; he so loved you!
    I worked with him at Forgotten Angels. Kind person, a blessing to our community; very caring. Psalms 139 says that God numbers our days before we are born. No one can change that, no one could have done anything. How He chooses to take us home is up to Him. I pray Gods grace and His presence are strong during this time. Our love and prayers!!! From all at Forgotten Angels

  9. Phil (with one l),
    We discovered our one day apart birthdays in Speech class and soon became fast friends. Your friendship and support made life bearable when home seemed unbearable. We each had our own loves, but we were the friends who could talk about our loves and losses. I’ll always remember going out to lunch in that 195? car of yours. May God’s peace be with you and with your family.

  10. Aunt JoAnn and family

    I am so sorry for the loss of your son and brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.


  11. It was quite a shock and was very saddened to hear of Phil’s passing. What a passionate person about the people he worked for and with! He was definitely an asset to our industry. Sincere condolences to his immediate family and friends. May he rest in peace with the Lord!

  12. Phil was a great guy and did so much for the people we serve. His Legacy will live on forever. I greive for his family and wish them the best during this trying time.

  13. Phil hired me at MLH as I was wanting to go back to college. His support of my education helped me be able to go back to school and finish. I lost contact throughout the years, but he will always have a special place in my memories. God bless.

  14. Phil, you have left us a Beautiful Legacy. Truly, many have been touched by your loving way, and you will be missed. May God Bless You and Give You His Loving Peace.

  15. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, Suzanne. My prayers and heartfelt thoughts are with you and your precious kids. Love you

  16. Suzanne, Christopher, Christina, and the entire Haas Family,

    We were shocked and saddened to hear of Phil’s passing! Our whole family has been praying for you and for the repose of his soul during this most difficult time. We are so sorry for your sudden loss! Please call us if you need us to come and visit or talk on the phone. We love you!

  17. Phil and Jo Anne, I am so sorry for your loss of your son. You were such loving parents and his inspiration while growing up. May God watch over you and your family. Love, Marleta Payne

  18. Phil was a wonderful person and made a huge difference in the lives of many individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. All of us will miss seeing, learning, and working with Phil, but his loving legacy will live on! May God bless and comfort his family & friends during this difficult time.

  19. So sorry for Philp’s loss. He helped so many and brought people together to help others. He will be missed, he always had a smile on his face and a story to tell, and made a real change for the better in the lives he touched.

  20. I have been blessed to know your father/husband for the short time that I did. Phil was an amazing person, as he offered me friendship and mentorship simultaneously. He had a great sense of humor and we all enjoyed many laughs together. For that, I am forever grateful. I pray that you find comfort in knowing how many lives he has touched in a positive way. God Bless you all.

  21. I am so sorry to hear about Phil’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. May he Rest In Peace…

  22. It is incredibly sad for me to find out about Phil’s passing. The world has lost a wonderful gentle soul, who really cared so much about the individuals he worked with and his family. I will miss my frequent phone calls, emails and texts from Phil. He was always checking in what was new with me and fussing and discussing about some issue we were both passionate about. Know that I will be there to give you a big hug when I see you on the other side one day.

  23. Phil was one of sweetest, caring and given person I have met! It is hard to think he had left us but God has a biggest purpose for him in Heaven. He will be missed at all the community activities for people with different abilities ! I know how much he was loved by them! RIP

  24. I was honored to worked with Phil at Martin Luther Homes! My thoughts and prayers of comfort for his family and friends! Gained a beautiful set of wings!

  25. Phil you taught me to listen more and how to grow as a person.
    Not to mention you help me learn about special education and special needs of adults and children.
    Now you have angel wings and teaching beside God.
    Thank you Phil for being a great teacher and mentor.
    Deeply missed
    Sending lots of love and prayers

  26. Phil you taught me to listen more and how to grow as a person.
    Not to mention you help me learn about special education and special needs of adults and children.
    Now you have angel wings and teaching beside God.
    Thank you Phil for being a great teacher and mentor.
    Deeply missed
    Sending lots of love and prayers

  27. Phil….A Man of Heart

    You heard the cries of the disadvantaged,
    You were the living shepherd of the crippled lambs,
    You did not reject their cries, their pleas for help
    You saw the face of God in each soul….

    The world rejected the little lambs…
    You saw the hope of what could be in each life,
    You saw their Beautiful Abilities,
    And like the butterfly ….you gave them wings to fly….

    And now you are free…
    Free from the tethers of this life…
    Oh how we will miss your sweet presence…
    You are in the glorious Presence of our Father God…

    You are deeply missed here on earth…
    You live on…your presence echoes… in your family and friends
    Memories inside our fragile human hearts …
    Til we all meet again….friend…

    Phil….a man of Heart…

  28. To Phil Haas’ Family,

    I extent my most heartfelt and deepest condolences on the loss of your Husband, Dad & Son, Phil. May God grant Phil eternal rest and grant the family the strength, courage and wisdom to navigate these very difficult moments. Rest In Peace Phil.

  29. Suzanne & family – I was so shocked to hear of Phil’s passing! I’m so sorry that he’s gone – I enjoyed working with him. I’ll be praying for you & the family in the weeks to come as you try & sort all this out.

  30. Very beautiful obituary. I will miss Phillip and will always remember him in my prayers. May God’s perpetual light shine upon him. My deepest heartfelt condolences to Suzanne, Christopher, Christina and Phillip’s parents & brothers and sisters. May God’s love embrace all of us during this sad time in our lives.

  31. The sympathies and prayers are with the family. I enjoyed getting to know Phil , deeply saddened for y’all’s loss my prayers are with you all every single day much love sent your way. God bless you all Suzanne Christina and Chris.

  32. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Know that we are there for each of you. If there is anything we can do for the family please let us know. May God keep each of you in his care.

  33. To Phil’s family, extended family, friends, co-workers and all Friends whom he served.
    We grieve with you over the loss of Phil. It was an honor to know Phil as a friend, co-worker, boss and neighbor. Most importantly, Phil and I knew one another as believers and followers of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. Phil was (and is) gentle, a good listener, caring, sensitive, truthful and passionate about serving those most in need. He also did not take himself too seriously and had (has) a good sense of humor. We will all miss him. We will seek to honor him in the way we choose to live our lives in relationship to others and God.
    FLY PHIL, FLY! I look forward to seeing you again in the Life to come! We will miss you. We will celebrate your life, and all the good we saw in you! We love you! We love your family, and all you stood for! Thank you!

  34. Haas Family,
    We were deeply saddened to hear about your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. May God have mercy on his soul and may you find peace in your time of need.

    God bless you all,
    Sean, Coleen, Patrick, Michael, Catherine, Joseph, and John O’Brien

  35. My prayers are with the Haas family during this very difficult time. I pray that you find comfort in knowing how many lives he has touched. Beautiful Abilities definitely will not be the same without him.

  36. Our love and deepest sympathy to the Haas family, May the peace of God that passes all understanding be in your hearts during this time of grieving. and may you be comforted by your many happy memories as a family.

    Loyd and Carolyn Taylor

  37. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the days and months ahead. With heartfelt Sympathy~

  38. Dear Suzanne,
    I just read of Philip’s passing, my deepest condolences. I will keep you and your children in prayer during these difficult days ahead.
    Liz McAuliffe


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