Don Harry Miller died suddenly of heart disease on Sept. 21, 2014, at home in his recliner, instead of Parkinson's disease which he had since his 40s. He was born in Bozeman to Edna Mae Foster Miller and Harry Andrew Miller. When he graduated from high school he joined the Navy working with radar and electronics. A short stint working with a Navy Chaplin brought him not to religion but to an enormous compassion for the troubled lives he was suddenly faced with.
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He left with an honorable discharge and returned to Bozeman and MSU earning a B.S. in Psychology in 1976, a B.S. in Social Work in 1978 and an MSW in 1983 from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.
From 1984 to 1988, he worked at Lighthouse Chemical Dependency Treatment Center where he addressed the problems of people in prison because of drug use compounded by the baggage they brought with them. Like many others, he "burnt out" and took a several year self-design sabbatical of skiing, hiking, training one of several black lab retrievers who were therapy for the therapist.
He then shifted to another sufficient venue delivering mental health reviews in Hardin, near the Crow Indian Reservation. Again, compassion and frustration and humor provided him away to help others.
In his early 40s, Parkinson's disease forced him to stop working. He returned to Bozeman where his sister Jane, Renee and David Baker, and Clark Stevens (a landscape architect) spent every year creating a state-of-the-art environmentally esthetic positive period visiting Meadow Creek Subdivision. Which proves the success of their collaborative efforts.
Don is survived by his sister Jane, several cousins, and long term friends Rowdy (Mike Kavosnick), Renee and David, and Carter Schye (who unexpectedly died recently). He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and aunts and uncles.
For information about a celebration of Don's life, please call Jane Schaaf at 360-442-9386.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Aug. 8 to Aug. 9, 2015