Milburn, Gregory Carl
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1/23/1950- 8/30/2013 Greg and I met in college, 38 years ago where we began to share what became a life full. Full of travel, friends, fun, and parenthood. Greg's love of nature was the center of his favorite activities. He could always be found hiking, kayaking, fishing, and gardening. This love was easily passed to our wonderful daughters Tiffany (Wooten) and Mardee (Cassady), who spent many an hour, out of doors with their Dad exploring, tarantula hunting, or saving a snake from the road. A devoted Dad, Greg spent many years cheering at swim meets and talent shows, and later falling head over heels in love with our beautiful grandchildren. Having retired from the dept of corrections, Greg had time to enjoy trips abroad and around the US. We spent a lot of time in Belize, which had become Greg's favorite place to visit over and over. He formed friendships easily there and loved the Belizean culture. Lately, Greg took up riding motorcycles, a hobby he had as a kid, but newfound, he spent every day possible on his Harley. Many describe Greg as a funny guy, a jokester, which is certainly true, but I describe him as my best friend and guide who was always on my side and brought me from a girl to a grandparent, with just enough teasing to keep me humble. Arizona storms always brought Greg outside to our back porch where he sat and enjoyed the energy of the thunder and the sweet scent of the rain. On the evening of August 30, 2013, during a terrific Arizona storm, we lost him. I am forever thankful for the support and love given to Greg in his last days. I miss him everyday. Liza Milburn
Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 22, 2013