Phil Ryall was born in Yakima Washington on July 7th 1934 to Albert Lloyd Ryall and Mary Elizabeth Ryall (Newton). He spent his youth there and in Harlingen Texas hunting and fishing. In 1949 the family moved to Fresno, California where he attended Roosevelt High School. Phil began college at Fresno State in 1952. The following year he volunteered for service in the U.S. Army. He was sent to Korea where he fought to free the Korean people. When the war ended he reenrolled in what was now Cal State University Fresno. While he attended he worked on trail crews in the High Sierras which was the source of many good memories.
Graduating as a Petroleum Geologist in 1959, Phil hired on with Core Lab briefly then on to Shell Oil Co. In 1972 he began consulting, drilling prospects around California. In 1980 he started Stockdale Energy Co. which concentrated mostly on drilling Natural Gas prospects in Northern California. In 1987 with the help of an Investor he started Stockdale Oil and Gas which he built into a successful company. Recently he was helping to grow another successful local company E & B Resources. Among his many hobbies were fishing for trout in the Sierras, especially Huntington Lake, Duck hunting anywhere, hiking and his beloved tennis as part of the dawn patrol.
During his life he served many causes and professional organizations, including the API, CIPA, AAPG, SJPG, as well as serving as a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts building memories and making friends that lasted to the end of his life. A well respected, honest, and fun loving man; he will be missed by many.
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