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Matthew Miller Obituary
Matthew Miller April 23, 1925-April 10, 2014 Resident of Aptos Matthew Miller, a man of many gifts and talents, died of bladder cancer at his home in Aptos on Thursday, April 10. Matt was 88 years old. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Matt earned a degree in aeronautical engineering from New York University. He held 14 patents for his inventions and made significant contributions to America's space program. Among his greatest accomplishments were single-handedly building a 2 story wood and glass home from the foundation to roof top. Matt's talent and creativity extended to the building of numerous beautiful wooden boats. Upon moving to the Santa Cruz area with his wife, Alice in 1996, Matt reached out to the community, sharing his interests and skills. As a docent at Wilder Ranch and Henry Cowell State Parks he demonstrated the use of Early American and Native American tools, engaging young and old during many special events. With his friend Bill Patterson, he built a variety of shelves and plant tables for the Cabrillo College Horticulture Department and installed home safety equipment for many seniors. From 2001 through 2003, Matt served as president of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, affiliated with UCSC. In addition to serving on the Scholarship Committee, Matt organized a folk singing group to play and sing traditional folk music. Matt loved the wind in his face and enjoyed the freedom of skiing, sailing and riding motorcycles. He will be remembered for his jovial good nature, his wit, warmth, intellect and generosity in sharing his many talents. Matt is survived by his wife, Alice, his son, Jon Miller, daughter, Joanna Hutchinson, three grandchildren and one great grandchild. A "Time to Remember Matt" will be held on Saturday, May 17, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Spring Lakes Park Community Room, 225 Mt. Hermon Road, Scotts Valley Loved always, Remembered forever.
Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Apr. 20, 2014
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