In Memory

Phil Doane - Class Of 1953

Phil Doane

Philip Schuyler Doane II (March 28, 1934 - May 8, 2017) passed away peacefully at his seaside home in Newport Beach at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife Toni Burroughs Doane and sons Timothy, Bradley, and Blair, and two grandsons.

Phil was born and raised in South Pasadena and graduated from South Pasadena High School in 1953. He served in the Army in Korea. After an honorable discharge, Philip returned to Orange County where he graduated from Orange Coast College. Soon after he started his own business as a distributor of Safeguard Business Systems, a business he ran for over 50 years. Phil was a lifelong mariner and fisherman who owned and sailed several vessels out of Newport Harbor, most notably his sportfisher Hukilaua and his father's wooden bay boat Water Lily. He was a member of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club for over 55 years. As a member he raced his Cal 29 Serena and won many races over the years with good friends and members of NHYC.  As his family and desire to explore the Channel Islands grew, he purchased a Cal 2-46 ketch and lovingly named it Antonia after his wife Toni. Aboard the Antonia, Phil took his family and friends exploring the islands for many wonderful years. When his sons became interested in diving and fishing, he transitioned to a Pacifica 44 named Unreel. It was aboard her that Phil began a long and enjoyable relationship as an early member and supporter of the Catalina Island Conservancy and specifically the Catalina Conservancy Divers. Phil regularly donated his time diving and his boat to support research diving trips all around Catalina Island.

As ever-smiling and always friendly, Uncle Phil was often found surrounded by family and friends at his family's bayside home on the Balboa Peninsula or aboard his boats in Moonstone Cove. He will be greatly missed by many.

Daily Pilot, May 31, 2017



Philip S 'Phil' Doane passed away May 8, 2017. He is survived by his wife Toni; sons, Blair, Brad (Jennifer), and Tim (Melissa); as well as two grandchildren.

Phil was the marching drummer for the graduation of the Class of 1953 when the San Marino kids graduated from Huntington School in 1949. He sat with his snare drum at the southwest corner of the west and south corridors as we marched down the hallway to the stage in the courtyard. I still have that image in my head. I wish we could print the images that are locked in our brains.

Bill Peters '53