MILLETTE, Arthur Roy Jr.
Was taken on November 23, 2012 by the
angels with his family by his side, at his home he loved in Jacksonville, Oregon. Born June 29, 1944 in Los Angeles , Calif. His father Art (Chief) was with the merchant marines and at Pearl Harbor during the attack, and his mother Lila Robertson, a hard working "Rosie the Rivetor." Art grew up in Baldwin Park, Calif. He was drafted on his 21st birthday and served 2 years in Vietnam in the 95th Advisory Team, Army Intelligence Recon Patrol, Jungle Warfare.
He returned home to start his career with the LA Co. Fire dept for 30 yrs (what he considered the best fire dept. in the world). He talked very much about the brotherhood and lifelong friendships he was privileged to be a part of. He particularly loved extrication and being the tillerman. He worked his last 20 years in Baldwin Park Station 29, his hometown. Art retired in 1999 to Jacksonville, Oregon to enjoy his passions, snow skiing, biking, camping, river rafting , drag racing and cooking his beloved dishes for his family and friends. He was a beloved husband to Susan, father to Bryan Hawkins and Desiree Furnish (John), his little boogie boo. Art and his family wish to thank his Asante hospice nurse Marsha, his physicians, and his many cherished family and friends for their support through his courageous battle of the big C. Donations in lieu of flowers to Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. Art disliked funerals but did request a flag ceremony at station 29 in Baldwin Park on Dec. 29th, 11 AM. One of Art's famous lines that he enjoyed in greeting
"It's a great day for the race
the human race."
Published in San Gabriel Valley Tribune from November 29 to December 2, 2012