Thomas Alvin Miller died Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at Emeritus Estates.
He was born July 5, 1925 in Salisbury, Missouri, the ninth of 13 children to John Franklin and Minnie Lee Shipley Miller.
In 1935, his family moved to Ririe, where he lived until entering the Navy on June 17, 1943, in Boise. After completing training at Farragut, Idaho, he was assigned to the Armed Guard on Civilian Operated Supply Vehicles in the Pacific.
Upon his discharge March 8, 1946, at St. Louis, he returned to Idaho, where he had met the love of his life, Vada Lou Olaveson. They were married on May 13, 1946, in Dillon, Montana. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple. She passed away May 5, 2008.
Tom and Vada moved to Ogden, Utah, after their marriage, where he had work at the D.D.O. He worked for their warehouse first and later for the Post Engineers as a painter. In 1974, he retired from D.D.O. after 31 years and went to work for England Builders Supply in Plain City the next day. After England's closed, he went to work for Plain City as the City Maintenance Worker and Landfill Operator.
In 1989, he was elected to the Plain City Council, where he served from 1990 to 1994. While on the Council, he was instrumental in the city acquiring a new snowplow for the roads and obtaining the state's first class four landfill permit.
He also worked part time most of his life doing odd jobs to help people out. He was a house painter, worked in a junk yard parting out cars and hauled scrap metals. He would also haul wood from Central Utah, and helped the residents in Plain City with yardwork and snow removal in the winters, often for no more than a smile and a thank-you.
Tom always enjoyed the outdoors, hunting with friends and fishing when he could. He was a life member of the VFW.
A special thanks to the staff of Emeritus Estates and Hospice for Utah for the loving care they provided.
He is survived by his two sons, Carl C. Miller and Thomas M. Miller (Lucky), both of Plain City; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Betty Yarwood and Alice Parkinson.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 30, at Annis-Little Butte Cemetery in Menan. A viewing will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, November 29, at Myers Ogden Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd. in Ogden, Utah.
Family requests donations be made to Primary Children's Hospital.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www .myers-mortuary.com.