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Orval Irwin Miller

ORVAL IRWIN MILLER Orval I. Miller, a retired Chief Appraiser for the Riverside County Assessor, passed away on February 17, 2013 at his home in Tustin, where he lived with his grandson and family. He was 89. Mr. Miller, a Merchant Marine WWII veteran, was a master storyteller to all who knew him. "Once he wound up, he wouldn't stop," his grandson said. "We'd sit up each night after dinner and trade war stories." Like the time he took up smoking because, "that's what you do when you're in the service." And then, just like that, he had quit: He learned that he "could make a lot of money bartering a carton of cigarettes to worse off suckers than himself." Or the times in the Pacific when his Liberty ship was delivering fuel to Allied forces abroad. His blue-grey eyes would bulge from beneath his heavy brow, and his hands would fly up to animate with childish fervor, "We were a floating time bomb! It's a miracle we never swam with the fishies!" For a while after the war, Mr. Miller took over his father's chicken farm in Nuevo. He joined the Freemason's, and the Rotary Club before joining the Riverside County Assessor's office. Aside from chicken, he disliked rice, rock and roll, and disruption to his routine. He was a "whiskey man," and a self-proclaimed "Chocaholic." He loved to dance, and he cherished the time he spent "getting to know his great-grandchildren." Orval Irvin Miller, who held dual American and Canadian citizenship, was born on July 6, 1923 to Austin and Sarah Moynes Miller in Saskatchewan, Canada. The family soon moved to Southern California, and had bounced around between Redlands, Alhambra, and West Hollywood. After high school, he attended Cal Maritime Academy. His wife, Florence Luanna Davis, whom he married after her graduation from USC Medical School in 1952, passed away October 2008. Mr. Miller's survivors include daughter Luana Roth; son Brian; grandson Jason Davis; and granddaughter Kerri Hoagland. A double funeral service will be held at Riverside National Cemetery on Friday, March 15 at 1:30 p.m., Staging Area 3, where he and his wife will be buried together, at last.

Published in Press-Enterprise on Mar. 13, 2013
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