Happy Birthday to my sweetheart and best friend. We all miss you so much and long for the time when we will get one of your warm hugs. We miss your laugh, your compassion and your tender heart. You made us all better and we love you for that. I am so grateful for you, for the time we shared together and for all of life's experiences we were able to share. Thank you for being such a wonderful husband and father to our children. We all miss you so much. Happy Birthday dear.
what a loss-great man,full of kindness
For many years, Dan was more brother than friend. I cannot think of a kinder, happier soul would showed more genuine interest in other people that Dan. I regret living so distant from Dan and Diane for the last decade. Dan personified what it means to be a best friend, especially to his wife and best of all friends, Diane. The Hansens send their love to the Miller family.
He was my insurance agent the whole time I lived in Midland. I remember once, I was being led to do something and I asked his opinion. He told me that many times in his life he thought that he was being led to do something just to find out that there was something or someone that needed to be but in the past, and this was the only way to find out for sure. He was right. He is a wonderful man, and I will miss him, dearly. To Diane and the family. We love you and our heartfelt prayers and comfort are with you always.
Having had the privilege to know and work with Dan allowed me to know his heart. Saying that Dan was a good man falls far short. He was a joy to work with and brought out the best of yourself. I was serving on the high council when he and his family left. The leadership he provided serving in the stake presidency was invaluable. He was a power to be dealt with. I shall miss him until the grand reunion of family and friends.
All day I've been thinking about the ways that Dan touched my life. Mostly, I think of the way that, no matter what my mood, he could make me laugh. Whether it was while spending time at the Miller household or running into him at church... I walked away smiling and laughing 100% of the time. I also reflect on the fact that he was such an inspirational advisor that gave me great guidance as a Bishop and clearly wanted nothing but the best for me. I still remember several of the talks he gave at BYDs back in Midland, one in particular that helped me rearrange some misplaced priorities. It's so rare to meet people who make everyone they come in contact with feel important, loved, and cared about and he could really do that. I specifically remember spending nights during youth conference sleeping over at the Millers and appreciating the fact that everyone staying there felt like a "best friend" to him. Most importantly, Dan is always someone I hoped to emulate... my prayers are with him and his family.
This is very sad - he was a wonderful person - he was so kind and always smiling.
I loved Bishop Miller so very much! He was such a wonderful man, always full of love and quick with a smile and a kind word. I will always remember how he was one of the few people that my sister Danica was always comfortable around, even during some difficult years. He always made her feel welcome, loved and special. We will miss you, Bishop Miller!
We were privileged to have Dan not only as our Bishop but also as our home teacher and then later of course in our Stake Presidency. He was such a warm, caring person and our children loved him as did Bruce and I. We are going to miss this wonderful man.
Dan Miller was a kind and gentle giant of a man. He will be missed!! Prayers and love to Diane.
Many years ago, when I was a newly-called Young Women's President in the Midland First Ward, we had a night with the youth at which some of us leaders talked about how we had met our spouses. I will never forget Dan describing his first encounter with Diane as "seeing the most beautiful girl in the world." When I met him years later, you could tell that he still believed--and believed for the rest of his life--that he was the luckiest guy alive. The Millers are one of the best examples I've ever known of a love so strong that it makes you always want to be together. I will always think of the two of you that way. Mark also has such fond memories of Dan's efforts in setting up the youth trip to the Kirtland Temple so many years ago-an experience that was a pivotal point in the life of our daughter Kelly and many others. Dan and Diane--thank you for being such wonderful role models to me and Mark and our daughters.
One of my favorite things to do in summer when I was in elementary school was go over to the McCarty's house and then walk with Chelsea McCarty over to Bishop Miller's house. He and his wonderful wife would always invite us in, even if they were busy doing something else. They always had treats for us, and we would sit in their living room and talk forever. Usually the adults do all the talking and the kids do all the listening, but Bishop Miller and his wife would always just sit back and listen to Chelsea and I ramble about school and boy crushes and whatever else is important to fourth graders. I still think fondly back to those summer days. I miss them, just as I will miss Bishop Miller. ?
Like everyone, our hearts are breaking for you, Diane, Kari, Kevin, your beautiful grandchildren, and Kate. We were instantly impressed with your wonderful family when we met you in 1983. It seems we rarely saw one of this wonderful couple without seeing the other. We thought it remarkable you could work and play together almost 24/7 and not get on each others' nerves. What a great example of unity and love you have been for all of us. We appreciate the many years of selfless service Dan gave as Bishop, High Councilor, Elders Quorum President and member of the Stake Presidency, among other callings in the church. He was also a terrific employer and provided a safe and enjoyable work environment. He was always a joy to be around and had a great way of making us feel loved and important. We always knew he cared about us and we knew he loved the Savior.
Our thoughts, prayers and love go to you all at this very difficult time.
Love, Brooke and LaPriel Watson
When I received the email from Pres. Pulsipher that Dan had passed away I was a little numb. He was the first member of the Church, outside of the missionaries, that Susan and I had contact with when he came into our home one evening in August of 1982 to pick up the Elders. I remember thinking that if the members of this Church are alike unto Dan, then this must be a very special Church indeed. Susan and I were so blessed to have Dan, Diane, Kari and Kevin as friends, mentors, examples and confidants over our years in Midland. Dan and Diane were our Escorts when we were sealed in the Washington D.C. Temple. I was blessed to serve with Dan and Pres. Pulsipher in a Bishopric. I received the Melchizedek Priesthood under his hand and he ordained me an Elder. He taught me how to be a better husband and father. He was fun, funny, spiritual, compassionate, and a dear friend. Susan and I owe so much to Dan and Diane and our hearts are broken for the sudden loss of this great man who was a difference maker in so many, many lives. Diane, Kari and Kevin, please know that we love each of you. We know that a loving Heavenly Father and Savior will bless you in all you stand in need of. You are, and will continue to be, in our prayers. Love, Jon and Susan Hoover
There are no words to express the gratitude I feel for this wonderful man. He always had that Bishop Miller smile and a laugh that could make anyone's day brighter. Sister Miller, you are every bit as special and influential as he. The two of you made such an impact on me in my youth. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for making an invisible girl feel visible, important and loved.
I am so grateful for the privilege of knowing and loving Bishop Dan. There is no one else like him and he will be missed. He had a way of making my day better every time I saw him. He had an infectious smile and made me always feel loved. He also gave the best hugs. I saw him last at Emilee's wedding when he and Diane surprised us. Seeing them both was wonderful. I'm blessed for having known him in my life.
Such a good, sweet teddy bear of a man, with gold for a heart, a contagious smile, and the soul of a saint. Those of us left behind mourn your departure as Heaven welcomes you home with shouts of joy. Goodbye for a short time until we are all united once more, dear friend.
Very few people make the kind of impression on others the way Dan and Diane Miller have from the very first time I met them over at Laurie and Thayne Hansen's--way back when I babyat their kids. Dan was one of the kindest, most generous, compassionate and gentle guys I've had the privilege of knowing. It is no surprise to me that after I grew up and moved on, Dan went on to serve in many leadership capacities. Much love to Diane Miller, Kari Miller Northcott and Kevin Miller.
I love Dan's unfailing sense of humor. He could find the joy in anything! I always walked away feeling better, happier, and uplifted. Dan and Diane were there for me during the most trying moments of my life, and not just as a youthie.
Once, in my teenage years, someone asked me about rabbis. I replied (without thinking) "A rabbi is like a Jewish bishop, only very respected in society." Of course, Bishop Miller overheard, and never let me forget it! He laughed long and hard, drawing everyone in with him, myself included.
He hated to see anyone suffer, and had a wondeful way of alleviating distress. I am excited for the day when I see him again, hear his voice, and can get eternal Dan-hugs!
I was so sorry to hear about this tragic news. Reading these stories brings back many of my own tender memories of experiences with brother miller. He was a great home teacher and bishop, and helped me through some rough years. I am amazed at how patient and compassionate he was. He is one of my heroes from midland 1.
Bear hugs, big smiles, opening doors for his gorgeous wife, encouragement, an inability to take himself or life too seriously, a hearty laugh and a powerful testimony. These are the things I will always remember about Bro. Miller. Diane, you two lived the life other people only dream of, and while it is interrupted temporarily because he's gone ahead, I am so grateful to know it will last forever. We send our love, our tears and prayers your way. Daniel Eugene Miller is irreplaceable!! All who know him are diminished by his loss as we were made better by his joyful, beautiful life.
When I came to midland, I was single and didn't know a soul. Dan was the bishop at the time and watched over me and Matt Matt Beecher and heather lau. He was like a warm happy hug personified. How grateful I am to have known him and his example. He watched over his flock and loved them. Diane we love you and have your family in our prayers.
Dan and his family have always been some of my very favorite people. Dan served as bishop during my teenage years and I appreciated is smile, hugs, and listening ear whenever I needed them. If I could think of one word to describe Dan, it would be "happy". I can't think of a time when I saw him that he didn't also have a big smile and kind word to go with it. Diane Miller was one of my young women's leaders and they made one great team. Together they raised great kids whom I looked up to especially during my years in Midland. I have so many fond memories from my childhood of which Dan was a part of. I'm grateful for the wonderful life he led and the incredible example that he set. Prayers to Diane, Kari, and Kevin.
My favorite memories of Dan were his bright smile and the twinkle in his eye! He made you feel so welcome and good about yourself! I loved being in their home and was fortunate to visit teach Diane for the time I was in Midland. There was such a spirit of goodness in their home, office, just being in their presence you were better for it.
Our time in Midland was short (just shy of two years May 2001-June 2003) but i can tell you that it was a very special time for us! We visited that ward in February 2001 while Adam did job interviews and i fell in love with the ward that he was the bishop of. When we did arrive we were shown such kindness and love by Bishop Miller and the whole ward. As i read all the sweet sentiments and sincere love for this this giant of a man i have to believe that so much of the warmth we know and love Midland to be was greatly influenced by him. ? My deepest condolences to all of you and pray for comfort and peace for his family and dear friends!!
Love you all! Susanne and Adam Creer
Bishop Miller was an awesome influence in my life when we first moved to Midland he was our bishop and shortly after Bishop McKinley took over as Bishop he became my home teaching companion. I remember him picking me up and after our appointments he would drive me home and we would get lost in all his stories about his kids and sports, and he would listen to my dreams about Football. He encouraged me to succeed even after my mom started working alongside him in his office he would invite me into his office and ask me about my goals and my achievements and what I was doing to improve. I also remember him offering to have Anthony Threet and I come over and do yard work so we could get some extra spending cash. We would come to his house and work out in his yard for an hour or so then he would take us to a gas station and buy us some bottled water. That was the first time I had ever tried Fiji water :) Bishop Miller was always a bright spot in my life. He was always there for words of encouragement and support even if I didn't need it. Instead of just missing who he was I will ALWAYS Remember him for what he was for everyone who knew him. A bishop, a mentor, a great influence, a motivator ....a friend.
Our family has been blessed to know Dan. He was such a kind and caring person and had a unique ability to really let you know that you were important whenever you were in his presence. We will always treasure the time that he reached out with love and compassion when we were having a crisis with one of our children. His sincerely and love and concern for the one will never be forgotten. What an example of true Christ like love, we are better people for having known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Diane, Kevin and Kari at this difficult time. Thank you for sharing your husband, father, and best friend with all of us these many years. We will miss has smile, the twinkle in his eye, and his contagious laugh, but know that we will be greeted by this wonderful man again.
So many others have said it better, but I want to add my feelings as well. Dan Miller was so many things to so many people. It was evident that he had a fantastic relationship with Diane. They were and are inseparable. Diane, our prayers go out to you, Kevin and Kari. Dan had the ability when you were around him to help you feel good and comfortable. He was loved by all who knew him, a man of Christ, a leader, a great friend, someone you could tell your inner most feelings, a happy and joyful soul, a Bishop, a great member of the Stake Presidency, a great speaker, and on and on and on. He was beloved by all who met him and will be missed greatly.
As i thought today about this wonderful man. The two words that keep coming back are the words Gentle Shepard. He understood what the Savior taught about leaving the 99 and finding the one. He was the man that Gently guided me and worked with me to move forward in the gospel and in life. I guess the best part of the gospel is knowing that even when he is not here on earth he is leading and guiding many beyond the vial. We will love and miss you Dan.
As I've had a day to ponder about this great bear of a man, I am so grateful for the opportunity to have known him. He was the man who convinced me that I could take on the calling of seminary teacher when I had so many doubts about myself. This calling has been one of the greatest blessings in my life in Midland, in Houston and now in Indianapolis! His Christ-like life of caring for others has been a great example to me. Dan's and Diane's love for one another has also been an inspiration to me. Diane, Kevin, Kari, and Kate, please know that the McKinlays' prayers and thoughts are with you all.
My big brother! I don't know if its possible to love a brother this much. I miss him already sooo much. There was not a kinder gentler man. I am so proud to be his brother and his friend. I will miss his wisdom and his advice most of all the funny and sometimes serious stories. I look up to him and just pray that I can be half the man he was. He will live on in my heart forever! I love you Dan and Diane very much and thank you all for your kind and beautiful words.
My heart is breaking for Kevin, Kari, and Diane. How grateful I am to have known and been blessed by such an amazing man. What an example of love and kindness. I will always remember an ever-patient father coming in time and time again to try and quiet down two giggling girls when it was bed time. There was also the time they got T.P'd when Kari and I were having a sleep-over. The culprits were required to come over the next day to clean up, but because Dan could never stay mad at anyone, he bought them all doughnuts while they worked. I remember loving counsel, genuine concern, big bear hugs and a smile that would make everything feel right and better.
This was sad news to see on Facebook last night. There are so many wonderful notes already written that capture what I feel and want to say, but in better ways than I can express. Praying that Diane, Kari and Kevin are comforted at this time. Brother Miller was always happy, kind and accepting. What a wonderful life!
saddened to hear of your loss Diane Miller, Kevin Miller, and Kari Miller Northcott. Sending you our thoughts and prayers. Your dad and hudband was a great man who touched so many lives. We pray that you may find peace and comfort knowing you will see him again. love you all
I was blessed to have great adults that acknowledged my existence at an early age, as I'm sure they did a with all the kids. Dan always asked how I was doing, listened and joked. He often had mints he'd share with us like a secret treat. I never had the heart to tell him that I didn't like them very much, but I loved the thought of the gift. All this was accompanied by his signature "eye gouger". Please tell me that I'm not the only repeat recipient of that move!
Dan you are missed but your example will live on through your family and every life you touched.
So sorry to hear of Dan's passing. While I was never in his ward, my interactions with him were always pleasant. I could tell that he cared. My heart and prayers go out to his family and those close to him. May you be blessed, comforted, and supported during this time of rememberance, loss, grief, and eventual healing.
with so many wonderful words and memories having been shared, i would just add one more. bishop miller always made me feel that i was better than i was-- that my accomplishments were larger, my talents more refined, my importance more vast than was actually the case. but to see my own limitless potential through the eyes of someone so caring and trusting made me believe that, even if i wasn't there then, i could get there some day. and what a blessing that was. what a blessing he and his family were. and what prayers i have that the blessings they need are finding them now.
I am not very good at sharing memories, and hesitate to do so after reading so many wonderful posts about Bishop Miller. I just remember having never felt so heard and respected. I remember nodding my head and saying "perfect" when I found out he was called to be bishop. He made you feel like you mattered, even when you weren't so sure of it yourself.
How can one put into words the influence for good this man has had on me and my family? From raising difficult teens, Jonny's heart surgery, serving under his leadership as Bishop and Stake Presidency Counselor, his smiles and hearty laugh, his bear hugs, . . . . We are better for having the privilege of spending time in this mortal life with Dan Miller. Diane, Kevin, Kari: our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The song "Each Life that Touches Ours for Good" certainly applies to the life of Dan Miller. He touched me and SaraLynn for good. Fond are the memories I have, most particularly as his home teacher and then home teaching his mother. Our church service overlapped when I was in Midland and my memories are the same as all who have posted here, cheerful, upbeat, can do attitude, interest in people over programs, and on and on. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Diane, Kari and Kevin at this sad time.
I have had the wonderful opportunity of working with the Millers as part of the Allstate family here in Florida for the last 3 plus years. Since my first day of meeting him I rarely experienced Dan without a smile or grin on his face even in somewhat stressful situations. He always had kind words to make you feel like you were a special person and I always loved to hear his stories as he paused and smiled in between the different story lines. I was blessed to have his "joyful" spirit in my life. My heart goes out to each and every family member and friend. He will be greatly missed by so many and what wonderful stories I have read for his family to cherish. The first thought that came to my mind was how he still opened the car door for Diane, it always moved me. Many prayers for his family.
I remember Brother Miller back when he was my Cub Master as well as spending many day/nights over at the Millers home. When I was a Cub Master a few years back I tried to live up to the example Dan has set. Our thoughts and prayers go to their family at this time when a great man was taken way too soon.
Words can't express how much of an impact of he made in my life. I am truly blessed to have crossed paths with him and his family.
I can hear his laugh. What a nice sweet man he was. I loved his stories and his wisdom. I admire the whole family and he was the head of the family which shows where the love and kindness comes from. God Bless Diane and Kevin and family. He will be truly missed.
I will always remember his broad smile and the time he shared with the youth. He made me feel like I was important and my opinion mattered. They way he interacted with people has influenced my own life, and taught me to be a firend to the yout in my life. Dan you are a great man, and the world is better for the life you lived. Prayers to your family. What a blessing our forever families are.
I don't think any words could describe the loss everyone is feeling for such an amazing man. He touched so many lives including mine and made me want to be better and do my best. Dan will be truly missed!! My heart is aching with you Kevin, Kari and Diane!! We love you!!
I can't say anything new or different that hasn't already been expressed, but I'll write what I know. Dan was the man who always makes you feel loved, always accepted you for who you were, and always made you feel better just by being around him. I can't remember him ever not ending a conversation without a smile and a kind word. He will be missed.
When I was a teenager I worked at Dominos Pizza right next store to an insurance office. Soon after I started working there the happiest person I had ever met came into pick up breadsticks. I would see this person often over the next year or so and always had this pure joy about him. Fast forward 5 years and I was attending Stake Conference at church, I had been a member maybe a week and there I see this man that had left such an imprint on my memory as being so full of joy and now I understood why he was so happy...the gospel of Jesus Christ and Dan exuded that joy and love for the Savior from the very core of his being!!!
I have had a difficult time searching for the words to express my love for Bishop Miller. He was always so warm, caring and had an amazing perspective. I enjoyed his stories and counsel. Like so many of my friends, he was there for me during rough times, and not just as a youth. He has and will always have a very special place in my heart. My heart and prayers go out to Diane, Kari, Kevin and all those precious grand babies.
Thank you Diane and Dan for being such influential people in my life and the friendship and care shown to me. My heart is full of both gratitude and heavy grief.
With much love,
So many wonderful memories of Bishop Miller and his family. I was one of those friends of Kevin Miller who would sometimes stop by just to hang out with his parents. He was always there with a laugh, a smile, a hug, an encouraging word. I was always impressed with how he loved - his wife, his family, his church family, and probably anyone he met. I was so sad to learn of his passing - sending you our thoughts and prayers.
Anything I try to put into words seems hopelessly inadequate. I just want to express a little of the affect Dan had on me and my family. A true example of Christlike love and compassion, he always had a special way of making everyone feel loved and a part of his family. It was just who he was.
"And now, I hope it is clearer why part of that hope in Christ is hope in the future, a future that includes resurrection and salvation and exaltation... He is my hope on rainy Monday mornings, my hope on dark nights, my hope in the face of death and despair." - Chieko N. Okazaki
I was truly saddened by the news of Dan's passing. Like so many others, he has made an impact in my life. I grew up a couple of hours north of Midland but found myself in the Miller home on many occasions. Dan was always warm and inviting, encouraging and interested. He was always positive and always found something to laugh about. Life has brought distance from good friend but the memories are still just as fond. My heart goes out to Diane, Kari and Kevin at this time.
Dan was our insurance agent 30 years ago. We'd bought a new Windstar and within days backed it out of the garage with the hatch up, knocking it out of alignment so that it wouldn't close. A day or so later, Kath was talking about how embarrassed she was about the accident. (We were driving somewhere; we were in the front seat, he was in the back.) Don't feel bad about it, he said. Soon as I heard about the accident, I called Diane and told her, Honey, we're going to Florida on this one! Dan's sense of humor was always pitch perfect. His remark helped us laugh at ourselves and put our bad feelings behind us. He had the knack of letting his light so shine that others could see in the dark.
First of all I would like to express my love and support for my family and all of Dan's friends. This came as such a huge shock to me, because I saw Dan a couple of weeks ago and he said he was feeling great! I was not too close with Dan. I don't remember too much about the time he was in San Diego when Kevin and Nicole were married. The last memories I have of Dan I have though occurred only a couple of weeks ago. Just this year I began working for the Millers with Allstate. Dan and Diane were in town, and I will never forget the visit. Dan pulled me aside to talk to me about work and the potential he saw in me, and he just made me feel special. I swear Dan had a story for everything too, and he had me doing a ton of laughing! I wish I could have known Dan more because I know just knowing him was a blessing in anyone's life. You could just feel the love he had for you when he talked. I'm sure how he made me feel is how he made everyone else feel too. It is so comforting to know that we will be reunited again and we can rejoice with him again. :) Thank you everyone for your posts as well!
Bishop Miller was one of the warmest, kindest men I have known. He had an enormous impact on me in the later years of my teenage life while living in Midland, Michigan. He served as Bishop of the LDS Midland 1st Ward, and I always remember him with eyes that were quick to tear up behind those round glasses when speaking of the love he had for all of the youth of our church. His infectious smile made you feel like you were the most important person to him. Bishop Miller exemplified Christ-like love and taught me the importance of forgiveness and, perhaps the most challenging part: forgiving yourself. I extend my deepest condolences to Diane, Kari, Kevin, and the rest of the Miller family. Your family means so much to my family and I. You are each in our thoughts and prayers.
We were very sad to hear of Dan's death. The earth has lost a great man, but we have to remember that Heavenly Father knows best. I've always considered Dan a spiritual giant. When I was in the Relief Society presidency with Jackie Albee, Dan was our bishop, and we constantly saw evidence of his caring and concern for ward members. Dan had great respect for people and a desire to help them succeed. On a personal level, Dan had a positive, even life-changing, influence on our son, Dan. We will never forget him for that. We've missed the Millers, and we send our love to Diane and family.
I have had the privilege of knowing Dan for nearly a decade. He has been a business partner, a friend, and as my own father put it--in many ways he was my Florida dad. Dan taught me so many things over the last several years, but there are two things about my "FloriDAD" that I will never forget.
First, he showed me, by example, how to treat others with a kindness and respect that I can only explain as "Christ-like." He didn't do this just so people would like him or think he was "the nicer one" (sorry Kev :). He did it because he genuinely cared about those around him and wanted them to feel loved and appreciated--and they always did.
Second, and most importantly, Dan was a perfect example to me of how to love my "sweetheart." The inseparable duo of Dan and Diane will forever be remembered. Never have I heard a negative comment from Dan about Diane. He truly treated her like his queen. Their marriage and relationship can be summed up in one word--perfection.
In a world where pointing out the faults and imperfections of others is a daily ritual, I really think that Dan had the special ability to see others as God sees them. When I grow up, I want to be like Dan Miller.
We were so saddened to hear of Dan's passing. What fond memories we have of Dan. He was our first home teacher and a wonderful friend in our Midland years. We still treasure the sweet little gifts he gave us each holiday that we set out every year. What a sensitive man he was to our little family at the time. Such love and compassion for us. So much emulation of the Savior in his service. So grateful for those memories! Love you Diane, Kari, and Kevin! Our prayers and thoughts are with all of your family at this time! David, Ann & the Henstrom family.
Bishop Miller has by far been the Bishop with the biggest heart for me. At one time I was going through a trial and Bishop called me, stopped by to take a walk, wrapped his arm around me, expressed his love to me and confidence in me so often. Bishop Miller had a way of making everyone feel like a true friend. I will forever be grateful for his Christ like example and passion for life. I will always remember him with a smile on his face and his arms open wide for a big teddy bear hug. I love you Bishop. My deepest sympathies and love for Diane, Kevin, Kari, and family.
I was shocked to find out about this today. Even though it's been so long since the last time I saw you and your folks, Kevin and Kari, I immediately recall your dad's great big heart and what a great example he was for how to live! I'm so sorry for your loss and will be thinking of and praying for you all.
I absolutely love Bishop Miller and his sweet wife! Dan was Bishop when I was a youth and felt so much love and I learned so much from his wonderful and kind example. I felt important and valued as I talked with him. I will always be thankful for the Millers and so much a better person for having known them. My thoughts and prayers for your family at this time. God be with you till we meet again.
In my 70yrs on earth I have know few genuinely good men. Dan Miller was and is a great man. I.m sure when he stepped thru the Veil he immediately asked, "What can I do to help?"
I was the High Councilor when he was Bishop and was assigned to his Ward. He did not have a calling,but a ministry. I was deeply impressed of his concern for all and loved the fact that he never took himself too seriously.
In a temple recommend interview he gave me a simple piece of advice that lifted a great burden off me. I'm a better man because I knew him and his example was one people can follow without concern.
Ann and I were saddened to the learn of Dan's passing. It does not seem real and it will take time for all of us to realize that he is no longer with us. Yet, the memories of our association with him will remain with us forever. He was a very happy and pleasant person who always looked for the good in others. He was always willing to be of help and we were blessed by his friendship and interest. Each time that we were asked to leave home and go to foreign places, it was Dan that helped us and advised as to what we should do to take care of things at home. His advice was always timely and precise. Upon our return to Midland, we missed his warm welcome and smile, but were delighted to see him when he visited not to long ago. it will be difficult to think of not being able to see him and visit with him, but we are sustained by the knowledge and hope that we will be together again. Diane our heart and prayers go out to you, but we know that you are blessed by a loving family and that hope and assurance that comes from the special covenants that you and Dan made many years ago. You can also be comforted by knowing that he touched many lives for good as evidenced by the many other posts. Rest assured that he continues to watch over you. We pray that you will feel the comfort and peace that comes from the Lord through our faith in him.
My memories include Diane going off with President Miller to speaking and traveling assignments whenever she could, and of Dan taking any opportunity he could to sit next to his sweetheart with his arm about her. True and devoted love is what they exemplify. Honest and wise in business and in his church callings. What a blessing Dan Miller has been to us in Midland! What a blessing he will surely be as he serves where Father has called him. But my heart hurts for the loss of his mother Kate, sweetheart Diane and their children and grandchildren. You have been in our prayers.
I guess the time has come for me to write my real post here. The earlier one was just to get things started. Jeames served as Dan's counselor for five and a half years, and for three of those, I served as Relief Society president. We got to know him really well. It is difficult to express deep feelings of love and appreciation without bawling link a baby! I appreciate all the comments here and how many people felt that he was one of their best friends. He was everyone's brother and father as well, as he watched over and loved all within his reach. I can say that we were a better family during that time. I appreciate how Dan and Diane watched out for the youth. I appreciate that they would spend one on one time with my girls and helped ease some very rough times they were going through. It takes a village to raise a child, but with Dan and Diane in the picture, we were good. I appreciate the humor. So many situations could only be handled with prayer and humor. How I love these good people and have treasured them all these years. I just wish that I would have been able to express my gratitude to his living smiling face. And then we could have laughed.
I have enjoyed reading each of the thoughts expressed here. Truly Dan touched many people. He was my friend, my Bishop, my through the back yard neighbor, my insurance agent, and someone I respected and loved. I will not repeat so many of the kind and loving attributions that others have made that i agree with whole heartedly, but let me add one special experience. Dan was an honorable and caring businessman. When we moved to Midland we did not know Dan was in insurance so we just got a policy through some company with the credit union. When I learned Dan was with AAA I approached him to switch my policy, but after creating an estimate he would not sell me a policy. He said the program I was on was a better price for me and I should stay with it. A few years later the credit union added AAA and I came back to Dan and told him to try again. He checked and said, now I can be your agent because I can offer you a competitive policy. I think that says much for the character of a kind, generous, giving, loving man that I love and respect. Our hearts are drawn out to Diane and the children. We love you all.
How do I express the loss of such a great man from this earth Dan always had a way of putting a smile on your face and making you feel loved all I can say is till we meet again my brother our prayers are with the family at times like this its nice to know the great plan of salvation that we can all be together again as a family for all eterinty
It was such a privilege to know Dan as a man and spiritual leader. The Millers, Hoovers, and Gampes had all joined the church shortly before we did. Dan was one of those I could look to for calm reassurance that we had made the right decision. He gave me quiet strenght when I had feeble knees and a smile when we were discouraged. Almost 30 years later the gospel and church have changed my life in ways that were unimaginable then and Dan was a big part of making that happen. Diane, Kari, and Kevin will be in my thoughts and prayers! I know he will continue his good works on the other side!
When I think of Dan Miller, two things stand out in my mind.
1. Kevin Miller and Nicole Harrell Miller moved to Michigan, for a very brief time, overlapping the time that Ted and I lived there. I went to visit Nicole and Kevin at Dan and Diane's home. Nicole and I spent a wonderful day introducing our 6 month old babies to one another and catching up. When it came time to leave, Dan spent quite awhile explaining how to get home. Anyone who knows me knows that I am "navigationally challenged". Long story short, he was exactly what I needed. Dan managed to keep a dramatic 22 year old new mom calm while simultaneously helping me navigate the dark, winding, rural roads of Michigan. Between Diane's hospitality and Dan's patience and help, they both earned a place in my heart forever!
2. The Miller New Years Eve tradition of games and yummy appetizers have been adopted by the Watson family. Many of the recipes have found their way into our kitchen!
Dan Miller is the epitome of Christlike love! He will be deeply missed in this life. I know that he is a shining light in heaven helping those in the eternities just as he did on earth.
I had the amazing privilege of serving as a counselor to Bishop Miller in the Midland 1st Ward bishopric for 4 years. I don't know why he would ever want me to serve in that calling, but I can tell you the things I witnessed from this humble servant and the things I learned from this great man will be with me forever. He had an influence in my life like few people do -- like a wise dad does, or like an older brother who is always looking out for his younger brother does. I was called as a bishop about a year and a half ago, and I find myself thinking all the time..."how would Bishop Miller handle this?" "What would Bishop Miller say in this circumstance?" "I wish I could show love for the members of my ward like Bishop Miller did for his ward." He will always be the perfect example (the Christ-like example) of how a great bishop should serve. Diane, Kevin and Kari, and Sister Miller -- I'm very sorry for your loss. I hope you take some comfort, as I do, in knowing that he is preparing a place for you, and some day we will have the great blessing of seeing him again. My sympathies and love to you all. Kelly Moore
We're deeply saddened by the loss of Brother Miller. Our prayers & thoughts go out to his family. ?
I remember when as a Bishop, brother Miller would come visit with us in primary, and everyone would want to sit next to him or give him a hug. He was so kind and would listen to our little kid babble like our story was the most important thing in the world to him. We all loved him very much and I hope that I can emulate those same qualities with my future children! Thank you for living such a full and outstanding life and always be a great example of Christlike for me! I can only hope to become that type of person! You will be very missed in my home!
Just returned from the most touching funeral service honoring Dan Miller, my employer with Allstate. I knew when he interviewed me almost two years ago that he was a special person and he immediately made me feel at ease. His twinkling blue eyes and big smile was always a shining example of a true believer in our heavenly Father, and he always treated me and others with the utmost respect. He was respected and appreciated as a great leader of his office on Manatee Ave. in Bradenton, and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Diane, Kevin, Kari and families who will have a big void in their lives but know their faith will carry them through this tragedy with the knowledge they will see him in heaven for a joyful reunion.
I will miss his funny stories and humorous side of life
I had the special opportunity to be with the Miller family yesterday till late in the evening. A day spent remembering and honoring their father, friend, husband, and patriarch. How fitting an end, (to a long day of remembering the way this gentle giant loved everyone that was blessed to know him), that Diane would receive another testimony, through a heartfelt letter that a young lady sent...how he changed her life. As I sat there and listened, I had to fight back the tears...it seemed to perfectly illustrate Dad Miller's legacy. He was real, genuine, sincere, honest, kind, fair, and an example for all to follow on how to love and forgive. He truly was what he preached. My life has been changed forever because I knew Dan Miller and because I know the Miller family.
First and foremost, my deepest condolences to the entire Miller family. I want to share a quick story about Dan Miller that goes back many years, as my memories of him go back to my childhood. I must have been in junior high school or thereabouts when this occurred. Dan Miller (I feel like I should still be saying Mr. Miller) took Kevin Miller, my brother and myself to Bintz Apple Mountain to go skiing. For whatever reason, I thought it'd be a really good idea to hit the slopes that day without bringing any gloves along with me. Everyone else had it right by bringing appropriate attire, but I must have been too cool for gloves at the time. Dan took notice of this and made a stop at the ski shop after we arrived and offered to buy me a pair of gloves. I protested the offer saying I didn't want to trouble anyone, and that I'd be alright without gloves. After a minute I realized there was no room for negotiation on this, so I went in and Dan purchased a pair of ski mittens for me, more than likely saving me from frostbite had I attempted to go skiing on a typical cold Michigan winter day.
I still remember that story to this day because it's the small acts of caring, concern and kindness that really matter in life. These acts have an effect on us and in turn shape who we are as people. Dan Miller had so much caring, concern, kindness and love in his heart which still resonates within everyone who knew him.
We feel so blessed to have been able to spend the day yesterday and today celebrating Dan's life and all that he did to care for everyone around him. It really felt like he was part of the proceedings and we were honored to be present (my parents and me). We love the Miller family and have so many great/funny memories that they are an important part of. It was so clear from everything said yesterday that Dan's reach in giving and the love he offered seemed to have no bounds and that his life was a life well lived.
Dan was remarkable in so many ways. He didn't have to work at doing the right things because he naturally loved people and was always concerned for individuals. He will be sorely missed by everyone in the Mason family.
It is comforting to read all the wonderful tributes to a great man, Dan Miller. I miss not seeing Dan and Diane in the neighborhood, walking hand and hand or driving by. I so much enjoyed the time I worked with my AAA family and how much Dan and his partners, Gary, Bob and Jim were so respectful and kind and built their business on family values. Diane, I will keep you the family in my prayers. I just can't imagine how very sad you are the hole in your heart. RIP Dan and Peace and healing to the entire Miller family. Respectfully, L
I was saddened and shocked to learn of Dan's passing. I have such wonderful and tender memories of him. Kari was one of my dear friends while growing up in Midland. I loved spending time at their home and always felt accepted and loved. Even when I used all the tissues in the house from having an allergic reaction to their sweet cat, Chang. The Millers were great examples to me. My prayers go out to Diane Miller, Kari Miller Northcott, and Kevin Miller. What a blessing to know that families are forever!
I have to say what an honor it was to be with my beautiful family at this time of sadness. I am not good at speaking or wording things properly I jump around things! I have to say that Dan and Diane are the most beautiful people ever. I am sooo proud to be part of this family that goes on and on. I sat and cried like a baby I could not help myself. I loved my brother and his beautiful wife Diane sooo much. Kari and Kevin and there beautiful children mean the world to me I truly love them all from the tip of my toes to the top of my head. Dan has giving me so much I am sooo proud to be his brother. I will probably be posting things as they come to me and I hope and pray that our family and extended family stay as close as though my big brother was still here holding us together. I personally have done and said things that I am not proud of and I pray that I will be given the strength to live and act in a manner that Dan would have wanted. I can honestly say I LOVE ALL OF YOU.
Words cannot describe the marvelous essence of Dan Miller, but this I can say. Now and again God places someone among us who truly reflects the love of His Son, Jesus Christ. He sends a man to earth whom we can touch, embrace and feel as we might His Son, our Lord and Savior. Dan Miller is such a man. I can only weep with joy when I consider the blessing that he is in all of our lives. Praise to this great man. Mark Jones
I'm a little late getting on this page, but I felt prompted to share my experience with Dan. Dan and I served side by side in church, he was the clerk and I was his assistant. I had only briefly met him prior to that through Kevin, but I immediately felt a sense of comfort and friendship from him. We had a similar sense of humor, and would always be telling funny stories and joking around in what would normally have been a very detailed oriented/mundane affair (at least to me). There were many times we would be working during second and third hour updating records and such, and for some reason or another Dan would share with me some of the most amazing stories ever. Some were funny, some sad, but some how always uplifting. I don't think he ever knew, but I use to love having something to do during those hours of church, just so I could hang out with Dan. He always had am uncanny ability to know when something was weighing on my mind, and he woul...d some how get it out of me, something I don't do very often. I just knew if anyone could some how relate, it would be him, and I knew I could trust him. It was during these times that he shared the perfect story/experience with me, lifting me back up and giving me a sense of comfort through tough times in life. I don't think he ever knew how much I enjoyed his company, and how much he touched me and indirectly my family, but I can imagine it was that way with many. I wish I had gotten the opportunity to say it, but hopefully some how now he knows. I also wish I had kept a journal of all his stories (I could have made a bestselling book with them :-)), now most are forgotten, but never how they mad us laugh, ponder, and sometimes cry. To a man who never really knew how much he helped me, thank you...
I wanted to reach out to thank all of you for sharing your comments and love for Dad. He is an amazing guy and I am so humbled to see the size of the footprints he left behind him. He would be so humbled to see so many people that he was able to touch. He always taught me to try and leave everything better than it was found and I am so grateful for his example of leaving the people he loved (and in many cases, was blessed to serve as well) better for knowing him.
I spent the first several days devastated, then in disbelief, but I have literally spent the last 2 days being held up by a Father in Heaven and an older Brother who know that its ok if there only one set of footprints in the sand right now... and I know exactly whose footprints they are. Every time I have felt like I am slipping over the cliff of emotional despair, I feel myself being pulled back and there is an amazing strength that takes over. I have never experienced anything l...ike this in my life and I will be eternally grateful for the influence of the comforter these past few days. There have been so many experiences over the last week that have so clearly indicated to me that Dad was being prepared for his release from this calling.
I have really felt Dad over the past few days, continuing to teach me and make me a better man and Priesthood holder. I have to be grateful for the times and experiences we shared. I have been comforted like I could have never hoped, but I still miss my best buddy more than I can explain. I know he wore a size 10 shoe, but they sure feel like they are size 28 some days.
Thanks again for taking the time to post and share your stories and photos. The words from friends and loved ones always meant the most to Dad and he really would have been amazed. To all those who have reached out and offered prayers, thoughts and calls to me, my Grandmother, Mother and Kari, thank you doesn't even begin to cover it. Dad taught me how important it was to take care of your best girl when I was a small boy by teaching me to open the car door for my Mom and I know that he appreciates the love you are sharing with his best girls now. Thank you for helping to bless our lives and sustain us during our darkest hours by sharing the light of our Savior.
It has taken me some time to be able to add my own thoughts to this page because words fall so short and seem so incredibly inadequate to describe the way I felt for my dad. As I said to a friend earlier today, my dad would have never expected this kind of response to his passing; he would have been brought to his knees in tears, humbled, and never believing for one minute that he deserved such praise. But that is just one of the many things that made my dad so special. Since I am not able to find the appropriate words to describe how I felt for my dad, I will simply post his eulogy, which I gave at his funeral on Saturday afternoon....
Our father, husband, brother, son, grandfather, uncle and friend, my dad had a tender, gentle heart and always gave of himself in an effort to help anyone in need. He frequently and willingly shouldered the burdens of others with the simple hope of making the load they carried, just a little lighter. As a father... and husband his family's happiness, safety, and well-being was always his first priority. He taught his children how to treat others through the way he loved and honored their mother. Through his example he showed everyone around him what true love and happiness with your best friend in the world, really looked like. He taught us to love more deeply, to smile more often, to give more hugs, give more of ourselves and to accept everyone from all circumstances and all walks of life. Everyone knew when they approached Dad for counsel, that he would respond with tenderness, compassion, and with all the love that seemed to come so easily and naturally to him. He taught us the importance of "dancing with your best girl in the kitchen," and of saying the words "I love you," every day (something he did, ALWAYS, for us as a father and husband). He strongly believed it was crucial to the success of any relationship to give more than you take and to be able to say, "I'm sorry" rather than being able to say you were "right". He was the type of father, husband, son, brother and friend who always managed to be the first to "turn the other cheek," yet always seemed to be the first to approach his offenders to tell them that he loved them and was sorry.
He was our sounding board, our advisor, our mentor, hero, friend and his children's loving guide through this life. We relied on him and his love so heavily that we are at a loss as to what we will ever do without him. Dad, we love and miss you more than words can express. We look forward to the long-awaited day when we will see your kind face smiling back at us, feel your comforting embrace and hear your warm, reassuring voice welcoming us back home to be with you for eternity.
This breaks my heart :( What a wonderful person Brother Miller was....one of those people that made you feel that life was wonderful and meant to be enjoyed no matter what. I always felt happy and accepted in his presence. There was never a question as to what life truly meant to him....you could read it on his face....Kind, gentle, warm, yet fun and boisterous at times!!! I remember him filming a skit for the young women at their house in Midland....I was to impersonate Julia Childes cooking in the kitchen eventhough at the time i didn't have the slightest clue who she was or what she was about. Brother Miller described her to me and as I was acting out the part he could not stop laughing.....and shaking the camera!!! hahaha!! He finally got control of himself to where he was doing a giant silent laugh....it was hysterical. I'll always remember that....him laughing to tears and telling me I was the best!! Dan Miller you will be greatly missed, but what a reunion we will have some day!!! :):)
Words cannot adequately convey the anguish and devastation our family feels for the loss of our family's Patriarch, our friend and our Dad. He was a poet, a patriot, a helpless romantic who always wore his heart on his sleeve and quite honestly, a big kid at heart. He loved playing with the kids – both at church and in our home. As many of you know I had a very special relationship with my Dad. He was not only my Father, but also my best friend and my business partner. The loss of any of these by itself would be crushing, but it feels like all 3 are almost too much to bare. I am so grateful for the opportunity we had to live so close and work together for the past few years. I will always cherish the quiet moments we shared where we were driving to one of the offices and he would share an experience from his childhood or share a perspective on the gospel from his experiences serving in the church. His family meant everything to Dad and I ...consider myself blessed beyond measure to have him as my Dad. I was one of the few people I have ever known who's friends used to come over to hang out with their parents (yes, even when I wasn't home). On more occasions than I can even count I saw him put his arms around a young person and take time make sure he saved the 1, even when the 99 were so much easier to reach.
After reading all of these memories and stories, one of our favorite quotes comes to mind. We used to say it often and it is “I can't hear what you are saying because what you are doing is thundering so loudly in my ears”. I can assure all of you that I was blessed by an example of someone who matched his words and his deeds. I have never known someone with a bigger heart than Dad and I will miss him more than words can say. Thank you to everyone who has posted on this board. My Mom and I read through them this afternoon and the outpouring of love was nothing short of incredible. We laughed, we cried, then cried some more. These posts reaffirm for us that his was a life well-lived. He would have been floored by the wonderful comments and stories that have been shared. I know that while our world is a little darker with Dad gone, Heaven just got a whole lot funnier. I am grateful for the knowledge that our family has that families can be together forever and I am grateful for our relationship with our Savior. I have no doubt there was a joyous reunion on the other side and that he was greeted by a warm embrace from his older brother, our Savior where he heard the words “Well done, thou good and faithful servant”.
Thank you again to everyone for your thoughts and prayers - we need all of them.
Diane, Kevin and Kari,
Thanks for sharing Dan all these years. I have had such a mix of emotions as I have read through the comments and messages about Dan. He mentored me in the Stake Young Mens and many times I think people thought Mark Soderquist, Dan and I were having too much fun in that calling. Dan loved the YM and I learned so much from him. When I got called as a new bishop it was soooo very good to have Dan down at the other end of the hall to coach, guide, lift and bless my life during those early days. He had been bishop for a while and helped me get my feet under me. He was one who loved as Christ did seeing beyond what many of us do.
I just keep smiling about memories of Dan and the great times we had together. So willing to spend the time and effort to make things special for the youth and people he was around. What a legacy, what a gift of kindness, what a brother in Christ I will always be grateful for.
As I reflect upon the events of the last several days, especially the opportunity to attend Dan's funeral and visit with Millers, I realize that I continue to learn this wonderful friend, even in his passing. I return home with a renewed commitment to show more compassion, to be a better husband and father, and to be more understanding of those around me. Thank you Dan.
Dan was a great friend and mentor and this world was certainly better for his role in it as will be the next world; and that gives us hope; we will see him again and renew a friendship never forgotten. Love to you, Cal and Cheryl Barnum
Your marriage with Dan is a shining example of one centered in Christ. The affection and adoration he showed is an inspiration to all husbands. Dan helped make your home the warm safe place I remember as a teenager. His stories, and talks in your living room were entertaining to say the least. Even if Kevin wasn't home, Dan as well as you both had a very positive influence on Brian, Karl, and myself. Kevin and Kari are very blessed to have you both as parents. As the days go by, you don't need to look far to see him, as he is present in the hearts of all those that knew him.
Your Dad loves you with all his heart. Whether practicing punting at Dow High, or driving to work with you, he will always be there. Look no further than the mirror to see an image that would make any father proud. That image is one of a person who's father's influence and encouragement continue to live on not only in yourself, but your children ...as well.
Kari Miller Northcott,
Your Dad was such a kind and compassionate man. One of my favorite memories of him was after my high school graduation ceremony. He came up to me, put his arm around my shoulder and said "congratulations Jon, your becoming a fine young man, by the way...I know about the Jeep!" His humor and forgiveness were evident as he smiled, patted me on the back, and silently walked away. In the days ahead, I hope you are able to smile and laugh at similar memories you have had.
To the entire Miller Family,
May you not be burdened by sadness, but look forward in the knowledge that one day you shall all be reunited. I hope you are able to feel Dan's presence in your everyday activities, and through the faces and hearts he touched.
Diane, Kevin and family,
I have spent the last two weeks trying to find words to express feelings for you, your family, and Dan at this time of loss. I remember fondly when the Miller's moved into the LWR ward....and then another Miller family, and another (related but not) a few months later. Of course, you know we prayed you there but never knew at the time just how much we would be blessed by your family moving in!
As happy as we were to welcome you to LWR, we were equally sad when you moved "north". We missed seeing your family each Sunday, during the week, and working with you in our callings.
... Dan was such a delight to be around. His gentleness, kindness, thoughtfulness, genuine love and concern as well as quiet authority was much appreciated and will always be remembered. His stories inspired and touched hearts. His friendliness and smile brought happiness to all around.
All I can really say is....Dan will be missed here and I hope my family members on the other side have a chance to learn from Dan. He will be a great teacher there too.
Many hugs to you all at this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Diane, Kevin and Kari,
Larry said it best - "I don't understand...Dan was our best friend. How can everyone else feel so close to him?' Dan was able to be everyone's best friend - there was no resisting that great smile! We know that he is renewing old friendships and making new ones right now! We love you guys and pray for comfort in your hearts and lives.
We are inadequate in our words - but hopefully adequate in our love for your family!
Diane, Kevin and Kari,
Please accept my condolences on Dan's passing. He was a great person whose time came much too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Diane - Tanya and I have only the best of memories for Dan and the father figure he was for so many families in the church. He was a great man in this life and is only beginning to be the great man he will be in the next. I take comfort in knowing he will be there to greet you and the kids when you arrive - big smile and all! We have so many fond memories of you two and like so many others regret the fact that we had only infrequent visits after we left Michigan, but Dan went out of his way to be sure those short visits were memorable! We consider your family and ours to be eternally connected. Hope to see you soon.
I have the fondest memories of you, Kari, and your family. The bond you had with your father was amazing. I will always cherish the memories of Florida and especially our trip to the Melting Pot! Love you dearly, Tia Madru Buchs
Dear Diane, Kari and Kevin. Our deapest sympathy to your family, Dan will be greatly missed. Tim & Loretta Madru
Dearest Diane, Kevin and Kari-
We are so saddened by the loss of your amazing dad. He truly was an honorable man who cared for so many. Kevin and Kari have both turned out a lot like their mom and dad. They know how to truly love and give to others. Diane we are saddened for you that your eternal companion has left to create a most amazing palace for you. We understand your heartache, and hope that you will be able to find peace and comfort. Remembering that we are families forever will help, but having lost our own Dad we know of the sadness. Remember to laugh, to cry, to scream, to love, to pray. Your Dad is needed for a greater cause right now. Sending our love to all of you.
I had to come and read the obituary to try and face the reality. My thoughts have been with your family since I learned of Dan's passing. ~Roberta Peless
A man we were all fortunate to know. Our thoughts are with you.
T.J., Sydney and Piper Nugent
Dearest Diane and family,
I just want to send my heartfelt sympathy to you. I see what a lovely family you are and how loving Dan was to all of you.
I'm hoping to connect with you, Diane, in the near future.
Love and prayers, Diane Ambler Smeed
It saddens me to learn of Dan's passing, far, far too early. I was a neighbor and classmate of his and remember him as strong, yet gentle. In reading of his life's successes, it strikes me that in his career, his marriage and family, he was very blessed.
Diane and family, I was sad to learn about the loss of Dan. He was one of the really good guys in the Phi Sig fraternity. You are in are prayers.
Jim and Barb Geary
Aunt Katherine and family, I am so sorry to hear about Dan. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Dear Diane, Kari and Kevin,
We are saddened to learn of Dan's passing he was truly one of a kind. I treasure the times spent talking with him and always admired his wit and humor. "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.
May God be with you in this time of need and guide you in the future.
With deepest sympathy,
Alison and John Jinerson
Dear Diane, Kari, Kevin, and Kate. We would liked to have been at Dan's service. We hope all went as you desired. We have enjoyed looking at the photo slide show and video. Dan truly was a giant of a man, but soft and gentle at the same time. We treasure your friendship! We keep you in our thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow. Love, Brooke & LaPriel
Diane and family, my heartfelt sympathies to you for the loss of Dan. My pledge brother was a truly wonderful guy. I have many fond memories of time spent with Dan. I hope and trust your memories comfort you in this difficult time.
Diane and Family,
We wish you hope in the midst of sorrow and comfort in the midst of pain. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time.
Diane I'am so sorry about Dan. I don't know if you remember me, I worked at AAA quite a few years ago. I could always count on Dan to make me laugh or just put a smile on my face. He was a bright star and was well liked buy alot of people. You do have your memories but is very hard on the loved ones left behind. God Bless you and Kari and Kevin, he will give you all strength to get though the times ahead. Dan will be missed.
Diane and family. - So sorry to hear about Dan. It's been years since I saw you two but memories of the times we were together are wonderful. What I remember most was his great smile and friendly manner. I know he will be missed.
Diane and family, We are sad to hear of Dans death. He is in our prayers,Jim and Kathy Coady.
Dear Diane and lovely family,
Sending you Alpha Chi comfort at this difficult time. I always remember Dan being so kind. I was glad to see that Craig had posted a note. We both send our love and deepest sympathies. The pictures were oh so wonderful. Love, Mary
Diane and family,
my prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of Dan. I can still hear his wonderful laugh. He'll make heaven a happier place.
Thank you to all that posted here. There is also a Dan Miller tribute page on facebook that has really wonderful stories about our Dad. You can view the page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/532690576775151/
Dan was one of the reasons I wanted to become a Phi Sig. He was an inspiration to so many and truly touched the hearts of everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. God speed! Bob Saddler
Diane,words fall short of expressing my sorrow for you and your family.I know you will cherish the memories.Rest In Peace Dan.
Diane and family......So shocked and sorry to hear of your loss. Never saw Dan when he wasn't in a good mood. Heaven has received a great gift. My the memories you have be of great comfort to you.
Phi Sig Brother
Dan was the best "big brother" anyone could have. He saved me from myself more times than I wish to remember. What a great guy. His friends family and all that know him will feel the void of his absence. Jim Alsup Princeton,NJ
We were all so very blessed that Dan was a presence in our lives. His kindness and good heart are what I will remember most about him.
Diane, Randy and I are sorry we could not be there.
Randy & Marilynn Miller
I am so very sorry to hear of Dan's passing. "Dandy Dan" as we knew him in the Phi Sig fraternity at CMU was one of the truly good guys. He always offered friendship and had a kind word of encouragement for me when I was pledging. I remember Dan and I having a good talk on a sailing trip in the early 80s with other former Phi Sigs; Tom Gould, Boyd Buchanan, Denny Barnes, Dave Nethers and Ernie Hinz. In talking about our college days Dan and I were reminded that we had double-dated for a big fraternity party in our college days, which was also the "first date" for you and Dan.
Please know that Cindy and I are affected in your grief.
Art & Cindy Wakeley, Grayling, MI
Another tremendous individual is gone way before their time . I am sure in time the fond memories with Dan will outweigh his sudden loss. Our prayers are with you.
May you find solace in your faith and comfort in the arms of your family and other loved ones.
I cannot remember Dan when he wasn't smiling. And I cannot think of him without smiling myself. Diane, your wedding was one of the great social events of my college years. May you find solace in your faith and comfort in the arms of family and other loved ones.
I am so sorry to hear about Dan. My wishes are with the family and I have a treasure trove of fond memories of Dan during our time at Central.
Phi Sig Brother
Dear Diane and Family---I am so sorry to hear about Dan. He was a great guy and we had many good times together at CMU and as Phi Sig's. Many memorable times with both of you--football games as alumni, your wedding and the fraternity reunion. I will be thinking of you and your family in the days ahead. My best, Joe Wakeley
I am so very sorry to hear of Dan leaving us. Dandy Dan, as we called him in the Phi Sig fraternity at CMU was truly one of the good guys. Though we hadn't kept in touch in many years I will never forget how nice he was to me when I pledged the fraternity. Always friendly, helpful and ready with a kind word. The last time I saw Dan was several years ago, had to be around 1980, when we were on a sailing trip with Tom Gould, Denny Barnes, Boyd Buchanan and Ernie Hinz. We talked about double-dating once when we were in the fraternity and he reminded me that was his first date with you. Please know that I am affected in your grief.
Art Wakeley, Grayling, MI
Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
My condolences to the family. Dan and I worked together at AAA at the start of our careers. Our prayers go out to him. Stan Swies
Diane, I am so sorry to hear about my friend & brother. My prayers & thoughts are with you and your family at this time. I will always remember Dan, how he would always tease me, calling me "Bat" & talking about the boots I loved to wear. I always looked upon him as a brother. AAA/Underwriting
To all the Miller family, I can't tell you the sorrow I feel for your loss.I met Dan in 1977 at AAA of Mich, and since then we became friends,I will miss talking and laughing with him. He was one of the good guys I'll remember him in my prayers for life. Joe Garanzini AAA of Michigan.