With great sadness the family of Clair Eugene Miller announces he passed peacefully from this world in the arms of his wife and son on Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Clair died at age 75 after a very short battle with cancer.
Born in Santa Rosa, Ca, January 4, 1937, Clair grew up in Petaluma, graduating from Petaluma High School in 1954. Clair graduated from San Jose State College in 1959 with a degree in Electronics Engineering. Clair was employed by a number of electronics companies in Silicon Valley eventually finding a home in the aerospace industry. He was employed by Space Systems Loral, (Ford Aerospace) in 1967. Progressing from circuit design engineer through the ranks of management, he retired in 1992 after twenty-five years of service.
Clair was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel Miller and Dorothy Evelyn White Miller and his older brother Ron Miller. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, children Wendy McCormick, Robin Ginter (Danny), Robin Hauff and Greg Miller. Grandchildren Jennifer, Charlie, Chris, Pat, Matt, Caitlin, Drew, Scott, Nick, Morgan and Holly and great grandchildren Jonathan, Michael, Abigail, Avery and Rory; sisters Jackie Brazil and Caroline Elliott (Bob), and many nieces and nephews.
Clever beyond his years, Clair received his HAM radio license at age 13 and built his own ham radio shack in his back yard. In Clair's words, "once a HAM always a ham." Clair was also a proud member of the Naval Reserve. A lover of the outdoors Clair was once an avid fisherman who enjoyed camping and snow skiing. After retiring, Clair and Sharon enjoyed several years of travel in their motor home. Highly intelligent, with a wonderful sense of humor, stories of Clair's antics abound.
In 1994 Clair became a member of the Placerville Elks Lodge and his life would never be the same. Clair came to love the Elks organization, the members, their principals and their goals and would work tirelessly in their behalf. Clair served as Exalted Ruler of the Placerville Lodge a record three times. At the time of his death he was the Northern California District Scholarship Chairman. In Clair's words, "It was my pleasure to serve."
Clair loved his family and he loved his dogs. He was many things: admirable, steadfast, entertaining and a genius to his family. In the words of his children, "dad was simply larger than life."
The family welcomes you to join them for a memorial service at the Elks Lodge, 3821 Quest Court, Shingle Springs, CA at 12:00 noon, Saturday, May 5, 2012. Reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, it was Clair's request that donations be made to the Placerville Elks Scholarship fund.
Published in Petaluma Argus-Courier from Apr. 26 to May 26, 2012