Arthur D. "Bud" Miles (1921 - 2008)

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Arthur D. "Bud" Miles passed away peacefully in his home Wednesday March 19, 2008. Bud was born in Livingston July 7, 1921, to Daniel N. Miles and Janie (Tervol) Miles. His grandfather, A.W. Miles, and his father, Dan Miles, both played integral parts in Livingston's early business, political and civic life.

After graduating from Park High School, Bud attended Montana State University, then attended and graduated from Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts.

In 1943, Bud went into ranching with his father. That same year he married the love of his life, Lucille McMurry. He was totally devoted to Lucille and depended greatly on her. They raised four children, Dan, Sam, Jim and Bonnie.

In 1952 Bud bought his own ranch from his father's holdings. Over the next several decades, he developed his own strain of cattle and studied books from all over the world on soil, grasses and range management. He worked extensively to improve the soil and the grass, and above all he developed his own ideas. His style of ranching was unique from the electric fences he used to control grazing to his fleet of army vehicles that he acquired to operate a ranch that had little level ground. Anyone who rode with him knew what a trip it was to ride with Bud in the hills! Bud loved what he did, claiming he never worked a day in his life. He enjoyed working with and mentoring young people and had much opportunity to do that on the ranch.

When he was 47 Bud took up skiing to relieve stress and he enjoyed the sport for several decades, claiming it cured his arthritis. He and Lucille were avid supporters of local concert associations and plays. Bud enjoyed music and movies (especially the musicals and the old movies). He was an active member of the Gallatin Valley Dinner Club and Livingston and Bozeman Toastmasters.

Bud was a rancher, a writer, a speaker, a scholar and a gentleman. He had deep integrity, strength of character and a gentle sense of humor that remained intact to his last days. He spoke at range meetings around the country, sharing his innovative ideas and wrote for numerous publications over several decades. In turn, many articles have been written about him, most recently an article about Lucille and Bud in the 2008 spring publication of Range Magazine.

Bud didn't believe in retirement, so with the help of son Dan and good friends and neighbors, he was able to continue ranching until his health declined in the last few months. Even then he continued his writing and assimilating ideas he had gathered and innovated over the years. His family cared for him at home in his last weeks.

Arthur was preceded in death by his father and mother; sister, Betty Jane Dietz; son, Sam Miles; and stepmother, Elsie Miles.

He is survived by his wife, Lucille; children: Dan (Rita) Miles of Livingston, James Miles of Nashville, Tenn., Bonnie (Lee) Harry of Dillon; half-brother, Milo (Donna) Miles of Cambridge, Mass.; stepbrother, Stan (Kate) Todd of Livingston; grandchildren, Ben Miles of San Francisco, Calif., and Lisa (Tim) Lin of San Jose, Calif.; great-grandchildren, Claire and Chris Lin; two nieces, and several grandnieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date when the grass is greener.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 27, 2008
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