Phillip Dan Hiestand, 71, of Noblesville, formerly of Brook, Ind., passed away on Monday, April 1, 2019, in his Noblesville home. He was born May 14, 1947, in Brook, Ind.
He was the Valedictorian of the Class of 1965 at Brook High School. Phil received an Arthur R. Metz scholarship at Indiana University and went on to complete an A.B. in Mathematics in 1969 and an A.M. in Geology in 1972. He served in the United States Army in Vietnam.
He adored his daughter, Jesse Hiestand, of Seattle, Washington and son, John Hiestand (Venus Yoon), of Seoul, South Korea, who survive him together with their mother, Nancy Hiestand, of Indianapolis, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Francis “Jack” and May Louise Hiestand. He is survived by his brother, Terry (Anne Marie) Hiestand, and sister, Carol (Dr. Thomas E.) LeBeau; nephews, Keith Hiestand, David Hiestand and Jake LeBeau and nieces, Sarah Lawson, Amy Klodzen, Caroline Faylor, Mary LeBeau and Molly LeBeau. Phil was looking forward to the birth of his first grandchild. 
Phil began his working career at Burroughs Corporation programming their first cash machine. He was a Systems Analyst for various companies including Naval Avionics, Hughes Aircraft & Raytheon until starting a second career at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management as an Environmental Scientist.
Phil counted many clubs and enthusiasms. He was an avid bibliophile and amateur historian with a serious interest in Western history. He accrued memberships in societies such as the British Origami Society, Noblesville American Legion Post 45, Wild Western History Association, Mystery Book Club and Toastmasters. He supported institutions such as the Eiteljorg Museum, Surratt House and Friends of the Library. He delved deeply into any intellectual pursuit that attracted him including origami, puzzles, mystery novels, rocks and minerals and Asian art. Fusing his love of mathematics and magic, Phil’s Computer Telephone Trick was published in the January 1968 edition of Genii Magazine. His sharp wit and active intellect will be missed.
A memorial gathering of family and friends is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at Earl's Restaurant, 123 W. Main St., in downtown Brook, Ind.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Phil to the Brook Iroquois Washington Public Library, 100 W. Main St., PO Box 155, Brook, IN 47922.