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John S. "Jack" Miller


1929 – 2012 - | Obituary Condolences
Jack Miller, of Ramona, died September 14, 2012. He was born July 29, 1929, to John S. and Dorothy Miller in Chicago, IL. He graduated high school from Thornton Township H.S. at Harvey, IL. He entered college at the University of Iowa at Iowa City, IA, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity.
Upon graduation, Jack entered the U.S. Air Force as a 2nd Lt. in September of 1952. He married Barbara Heath in December 1952 and was sent to Lowry AFB in Denver, CO, to attend armament school. He was assigned to Yuma Air Force base in Yuma, AZ, and worked with jet "Aces" from the Korean War to develop the "Black Box" used to guide the armament on fighters.
In January of 1956 Jack joined General Dynamics – Convair in San Diego to work on the Atlas Missile. In 1957 he was transferred to Cape Canaveral, FL, and worked on the first Atlas to fly successfully. In the ten years he was there, he worked on the Atlas-Agena, Atlas Centauri and Atlas Gemini as a test conductor on the launching of the "angry alligator" used to train astronauts on docking techniques for the moon landing. He was transferred back to San Diego in 1967 to work on the Cruise Missile until he retired in 1989.
The family lived in Poway, CA, and joined the Poway Valley Riders Association. Jack became president of PVRA and with his good friend, John Walker, and some others, started the first Poway Rodeo.
After Jack retired in July 1989 the family moved to Ramona and he started an automatic gate opener business called Covering Tracks. He operated this business until 2010.
Jack is survived by his wife of 59 years, Barbara; two sons, Mark and Brion; and three grandchildren, Mark, Mackensie and Melia Miller.
The family invites all friends to come celebrate his life on Thursday, November 15, 2012, from 1-3pm at the Elks Lodge in Poway, 13219 Poway Rd. Bring only your memories to share.
Published in the Ramona Sentinel on Nov. 8, 2012
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