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Donald Irvin Miller

1954 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Donald Irvin Miller Obituary
KEYSER - Donald Irvin Miller, 59, loving husband, father, son, brother and grandparent, of Cornell Street, Keyser, W.Va., slipped the bonds of this earth and entered in to eternal rest on Sunday, March 2, 2014.
Born on August 20, 1954 in Keyser, he was a son of Donald J. Miller of Camarillo, Calif., and the late Betty Lou (Harr) Miller Treadaway. He also was preceded in death by his grandparents, George Irvin and Lillian Harr.
Donald was a 1972 graduate of Keyser High School. As a freshman in 1969, he was on the Keyser High School baseball team that won the state championship and was inducted into the Keyser High School Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of that team. He also was a three year varsity basketball player.
Donald was employed at Potomac State College and was appreciated for his "can do anything needed" attitude and work ethic. Known as Donald to family and "Donnie" to friends, he was one of a kind and lived most of his life in Keyser. He was known to many and was a friend to most everyone he ever came in contact with. All of his kid's friends thought he was the greatest by easily blending his personality into their interests as he was too "cool" to be a Dad. His life has evolved over the past decades as a free spirit of the 1970's to raising a family in the 1980s and '90s to becoming a loving grandparent over the last few years.
One of Donald's wishes was for his son Justin and his closet friends and family to take a portion of his ashes to Baton Rouge, La., where his childhood/teenage hero "Pistol" Pete Maravich is buried. Donald often referred to himself as "Pistol" in honor of his hero who is still the all-time collegiate basketball scoring leader and remembered as an "artist" with the basketball. After being prodded over the years whether or not he was serious about his ashes, Donald nevered waivered on his demands. Although it was never expected to come so soon, his simple request will be honored by his son Justin, his brother Drew, his son-in-law, Josh and Justin and Donald's closet friends, Kevin McDonald and Tony Haywood as they make one last Rock n' Roll "tour down South."
This is the type of man that Donald Irvin Miller was. He was the best friend a guy could ever ask for, and an even more loving father, grandfather, husband and overall lighthearted soul who the world will not be the same without. The outpouring of support from friends and family since Donald's passing has proven and quantified his impact on so many who came in contact with him that he "went out on top" with "his boots on."
Donald will be missed terribly by his family and friends, and as each day passes, his memory will be rekindled in one way or another. Death has taken us from his physical presence, but it cannot take away each day we had him on this earth and we will continue, even in the face of grief, to celebrate his life and memory forever.
Left behind to cherish his memory and celebrate his life, in addition to his father, are his loving wife of nearly 34 years, Phoebe (Rhodes) Miller; one son, Justin Dane Miller and wife Erica of Ridgeley, W.Va.; one daughter, Donielle (Miller) Delawder and husband Josh of Bluffton, S.C.; his brother, Drew Miller and wife Roberta of Westernport, Md.; his sister, Dana (Miller) O'Haver of Acton, Calif.; three half sisters, Jody Hayes, Stacy Hubacek and Tracy Montoya, all of California; his two grandchildren which he dearly loved and cherished, Ella and Asher, who loved their "Poppy,"; his uncle and aunt, Robert and Barbara Bateson of Keyser; and cousins, Damon Bateson and Barbara Bellido of Virginia Beach, Va.
Friends may call at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, on Thursday, March 6, 2014, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Funeral services will be conducted at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 10 a.m. with Johann Marin officiating.
The family requests that memorial contributions be directed to the WVU Foundation/PSC General Athletics Fund, c/o Libby Nichols, Potomac State College 101 Fort Avenue, Keyser, WV 26726
Condolences and personal reflections to the family may be left after Donald's obituary at
Published in Mineral Daily News-Tribune from Mar. 5 to Mar. 12, 2014
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