Philip Balsano

February 20, 1969 - March 18, 2023

Philip David Balsano, of Orange, Texas, passed away on March 18, 2023, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas after a long battle. He was 54 years old. Philip was born in Port Arthur, Texas on February 20, 1969, to parents David and Della Balsano.

Growing up in Nederland, Texas, Philip was involved in all kinds of sports.  He played baseball, soccer, and football (Junior League and Junior High).  Later in high school, his pride and joy was his 1966 Mustang.  He always had the need for speed.  Later in life, he loved motorcycles, boats, and cars. He even built a custom chopper in 2005 that won awards in several motorcycle shows, including Austin’s acclaimed Republic of Texas Rally.

Philip attended Nederland schools and was a 1987 graduate of Nederland High School.  He started working at Bill’s Garage in High School where his Paw Paw Bill and Uncles Bill, David, and Ricky first taught him auto mechanics.  Following high school, he attended Texas State Technical Institute in Waco, graduating with a Bio-Medical Electronics Degree in 1990.  He began his career in maintenance, electronics, instrumentation, and analyzers and was employed at Arlanxeo Performance Elastomers until his time of disability related to his heart disease.

Philip was a great husband and father and spent most of his days off with his family in their boat enjoying time on the water teaching his kids to water ski, tube and just relax on the sand bars. During the past four years, Philip enjoyed spending time with his two grandchildren Ava and Beau.  They were truly his pride and joy.

Philip was a skilled mechanic, carpenter, welder – always working on a project from building hot rod cars, or motorcycles or boats, he was always working on something. He would also use his skills to help anyone who needed him, and it blessed him to do that.  He had one biological brother. But he had many friends in his life who he considered family. Over the years, Philip loved to hunt with his Paw Paw and uncles and to play golf with his Dad and friends.  He was an outdoors kind of guy.  He loved his home in the woods and carrying his two precious grandchildren around on his tractor.

Philip is preceded in death by his grandparents, Tony and Bettye Balsano and Bill and Gloria Feldschau and two uncles, Bill and David Feldschau.

Philip is survived by his wife of thirty-two years, Jennifer; their sons, Stephen and wife, Alyssa of Orange, and Stuart and wife, Brie, of Bridge City; and his grandchildren, Ava and Beau.  He is also survived by his parents, David and Della of Port Neches and his brother, Skip and wife, Susy, and their children of Mauriceville – plus many relatives and friends.

A big THANK YOU from Jennifer and all the family to all our friends and relatives who contributed to Philip’s Go Fund Me Page.  To say we are overwhelmed is an understatement and the funds raised will be a tremendous help for funeral and medical expenses.  We are truly grateful. The family has been so blessed by the donations given that we feel no flowers are necessary.

A celebration of life will be from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 25, 2023, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. Cremation arrangements were handled through Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont.


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Celebration of Life

Broussard’s Mortuary Nederland
  • 505, North 12th Street, Nederland, Texas, 77627,
  • March 25, 2023
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Comments (14)

    Margie Tiner says:

    Dellas and family– prayers to all of you for you loss. May God hold you all close in the coming days.

    Monica l Hanzel says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Philip’s passing. My condolences to and prayers to the familey.

    Doug and Sandy Choate says:

    David & Della,
    We are so sorry and we are Sending Love and Prayers to you and your family.
    May God Bless you and comfort you during this time.
    Love you two so much,
    Doug and Sandy Choate

    Karen and David Dunn says:

    David and Della, I am so sorry to read about the passing of your son. From the video I can see he lived life to the fullest and loved much. Taken way too soon, may he rest in eternal life. Prayers for all of his family.

    Karen and David Dunn says:

    David and Della, I am so sorry to read about the passing of your son. From the video I can see he lived life to the fullest and loved much. Taken way too soon, may he rest in eternal life. Prayers for all of his family.

    Sylvia Lewallen says:

    My heart and prayers go out to the Balsano family that God would strengthen and comfort all of you in the days going forward. Your faith has truly been courageous and an example to all of us. God’s blessings and mercy on each of you. Sylvia

    Della Balsano says:

    Thank you, Sylvia, for your kind words! ❤️

    Tommy Glidewell says:

    My relationship with this loving family began back in kindergarten at Hillcrest Elementary, when I was a student with Phillips, loving wife, Jennifer. It wasn’t until I started playing junior league football that I met Philip, and then Phillips little brother and his father and mother, who were the coaches And leaders of our team called the Chiefs. Our first year playing we were two and eight and beat the same team twice. The next year we were nine and one, and we’re underdogs to a highly favored Oilers s team which consisted of older kids who were supposed to beat us. The love hard work and , coaching of our coaches, and the leader ship of Philip and Keith McDuffie proceeded to allow us to be city champs. We all cried and hugged, and a special bond was made that would last a lifetime that we still talk about today. Our third year Mr. Balsano took over the reins of a full-time coach with several other dads and we swept the whole league and went undefeated. Philip was a year older and played eighth grade football and junior the same time .Also needless to say he was a stud and a big part of us winning both games both years in the championship , I went into the hospital, the same week as Philip, and cannot imagine the fight of this man who fought to regain his life with his family. If you ever need inspiration, or somebody to look up to this is the man. I feel for certain that his parents instilled in him the drive and fortitude to fight a fight such as he fought what a tough man, brother and loving person until we meet again, Philip I’ll always love and respect you, Tommy Glidewell.

    Teddy Romero says:

    My deepest condolences to Jennifer, the family, and friends. I am sorry to hear this news as Phil was a great guy and we shared some really fun times that I’ll always remember and be thankful for. He was always so humble, fun and awesome to share time with and will be missed. May comfort be found knowing he can rest in peace.

    Herb Lavender says:

    I did not know Phillip that well, but he fought hard and was brave until the end. My condolences to the entire Balsano family. May he rest in eternal peace.

    Della Balsano says:

    Thank you Herb!

    Robbie Muse says:

    Phillip was a great person to work with and probably the most humble person I’ve ever meet.

    Christi Richard says:

    Hugs and prayers to Jennifer and the entire family!

    Dawn Faulk says:

    My deepest condolences to his many friends and family. May he rest in eternal peace as his journey has been a long hard one, and may God comfort the mourning and replace with peace. My admiration for all who have been on this journey is great.

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