J. Frank Miller III

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MILLER, III, J. FRANK J. Frank Miller, III will be remembered as a man whose life was deeply inspired by his Christian faith. A beloved son, husband, father, brother, and son-in-law; Frank was born February 27, 1952 and passed away June 1, 2007. He was an accomplished businessman and civic leader, serving on the boards of several corporate, civic, charitable and church organizations. Frank was generous with his time and his resources, supporting numerous ministries. Frank was a graduate of Highland Park High School and earned a BA from Texas Tech University. Upon graduation, he returned to Dallas and married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Kay O'Dwyer. Kay and Frank were blessed with six wonderful children. Frank was an ardent sports enthusiast. He was an avid golfer, having memberships at both Preston Trails and Dallas Country Club, and loved playing a round of golf with his friends and his children. Fly-fishing, spending time at his ranch, or attending professional sporting events with his family were some of his favorite pastimes. Frank was also a coach, a mentor and a teacher. Many times Frank could be found coaching one of his children's games, teaching one of them to putt or showing them how to fly-fish in Wyoming. Professionally, Frank worked in the real estate industry for three decades. Frank served as JPI's Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of JPI Companies. Under his leadership JPI formed a strategic alliance with G.E. Capital Services, becoming one of the nation's leading luxury apartment companies. "Builder" magazine has consistently named JPI amongst the top three apartment builders in America. In 2005 Frank was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Tech University System's Board of Regents where he was recently named Chairman. Additionally, Frank served on various boards including The Urban Land Institute, the Dallas Citizen's Council and the Dallas Chamber of Commerce. He served as chairman of the Dallas Summer Musicals, as well as the the St. Paul Fund for Advanced Heart and Lung Disease, which plans to raise $12 million to build and operate a world-class heart and lung medical facility in Dallas. He was a member of the Young Presidents Organization and the Real Estate Council, where he also served as a past chairman. More than any external accomplishments, Frank will be remembered for his fervent commitment to the welfare of a large extended family, for his unqualified loyalty to his friendships, for his unfeigned warmth toward those with any needs, and most of all for his joyful love for Christ and the ministries Christ inspired. Frank is preceded in death by his father, John Franklin Miller, Jr. and his father-in-law, Thomas A. O'Dwyer. He is survived by his wife of thirty years, Kay; their six children: John, Julia, Spence, Liza, Trevor and Patrick; his mother, Mary Virginia Miller; his sisters, Mary Caven Miller and Martha Elizabeth Miller; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ann and Hugh Blackwell, Mary and Tom O'Dwyer, George O'Dwyer and his fianc Ann Ashe, and Lisa and Bill O'Dwyer; mother-in-law, Biddy O'Dwyer; 11 nieces and nephews; numerous cousins; and dear friends Graciela Campos and Bertha Dunson. Pallbearers are Scott Caven, John Carpenter, Bill Dunlap, Ron Ingram, Hugh McClung, Ty Miller, Bobby Page, Frank Schubert, Raymond Smith. Honorary Pall Bearers are Richard Adkisson, Dave Henry, John O'Connor, Rick Owens, Bob Rowling, Skip Ryan, and Jeff Swope. Frank and his family have been active members of Northwest Bible Church in Dallas, 8505 Douglas at Northwest Highway, where a memorial service and celebration of Frank's life will be held on Tuesday, June 5, at 12:30 p.m. A visitation will take place the previous night, Monday, June 4 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Sparkman-Hillcrest, 7405 W. Northwest Highway in Dallas. Additional tributes may be made at Legacy.com or Mem.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Texas Tech University Office of Annual Giving P.O. Box 42104 Lubbock, TX 79409-2104 www.texastech.edu/giving; St. Paul Fund for Advanced Heart & Lung Research c/o UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Office of Development 5323 Harry Hines Blvd Dallas, TX 75390-9009 214.648.2344; Art of Family Living c/o Mr. John W. Neider P. O. Box 610350 Dallas, TX 75261.0350 www.johnonline.org 972.745.7987; Dallas Summer Musicals c/o Mr. Mark Chambless, Development Coordinator P. O. Box 710336 Dallas, TX 75371 www.dallassummermusicals.org 214.413.3957; Mercy Ships P.O. Box 2020 Garden Valley, TX 75771-2020 www.mercyships.org; Northwest Bible Church 8505 Douglas Dallas, TX 75225 214.368.6436; The Covenant School CKS Foundation 3877 Walnut Hill Lane Dallas, TX 75229 214.358.5818 , Dignity Memorial Sparkman Hillcrest 7405 W. Northwest Hwy. Dallas (214) 363-5401

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Published in Dallas Morning News from June 4 to June 5, 2007
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