Phelan Connally, 29, passed away on 03/30/2021 at his home in Flagstaff, Arizona after losing his long battle with Depression.
Phelan was born on 8/12/1991 in Adelphi, Maryland to Lara Connally and Dana DeNike.
Phelan grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona. He graduated from Flagstaff Highschool in Flagstaff, Arizona in 2009. After high school he attended Coconino Community College in Flagstaff, Arizona from Fall 2009 to Fall 2011.
As a child Phelan attended the Sleeping Lion Martial Arts Academy. He also enjoyed playing with the Society of Creative Anachronism group in the Barony of Ered Sul, Kingdom of Atenveldt attending many medieval reenactment events between 2004 and 2014 with his family. As an adult Phelan loved the outdoors, walking the family dog JJ on the trails at the base of Mount Elden in Flagstaff Arizona, and playing video games. Phelan’s top two video games were Warframe with 2,959 hours played and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim with 1,604 hours played. Phelan watched the Great American Eclipse in Carbondale Illinois in 2017, camping on his own in the Shawnee National Forest. Phelan found an interest in studying Viking Cultures and Eco-Farming with the goal of becoming a Master Gardener. Phelan loved, adored and protected his young autistic niece Lex Saito.
Phelan is survived by his brother Kai Forst of Flagstaff, AZ; his mother Lara Connally of Flagstaff, AZ; his father Dana DeNike and Grandfather Kenneth DeNike of Baltimore MD; his Grandmother Eugenia Horstman, of Flagstaff, AZ; his Aunt Helen Horstman, of Flagstaff, AZ; his niece Lex Saito of Cottonwood, AZ; his Cousin Diana Lelle and her partner Chuck Daehler of Flagstaff, AZ; his Cousin Erica Lelle of North Carolina and her children.
A private memorial service will be held by his Family. Interment will be at the City of Flagstaff Citizens Cemetery. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at norvelowensmortuary.com.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness NAMI PO Box 49104 Baltimore, MD 21297 1-888-999-NAMI (6264)
Published by Arizona Daily Sun on Apr. 7, 2021.