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Martin J. Miller, DDS

July 19, 1925 ~ February 2, 2013

Born and raised in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood, Martin was the oldest of 5 sons born to Martin J. Miller and Teresa E. Ford Miller. Martin attended St. Alphonsus Catholic Elementary School through 1939, and then O'Dea High School graduating in 1943. After graduation, he entered military service and furthered his education at the US Navy College V-12 Program at Gonzaga University in Spokane and Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. With an honorable discharge from the Navy in 1946, he returned to Seattle's University of Washington to become a member of the first UW dental program's graduating class in 1950. He was certified in WA and then CA, where he would spend the next 62+ years of his life. Martin started his first dental practice in Anaheim, CA before Disneyland was in existence. Martin ultimately relocated to Laguna Beach to enjoy his retirement.

Martin was well known in the Seattle area, as he spent his first 25 years in the Pacific NW and leaves many friends and family with memories of his love of sports, the Gonzaga Bulldogs basketball teams, O'Dea High school alma mater and its fine athletic teams.

Martin is survived by his wife, Hermien Miller of Laguna Beach, CA and 3 sons (Martin Miller III of Santa Fe, NM; Matthew Miller, US Navy dentist & UW Dental School graduate; and Steve Miller of Maine), as well as 2 daughters (Diane of Albuquerque, NM and Teresa of Encinitas, CA). He is also survived by his brothers, Roman Miller of Seattle and Louis Miller of Olympia, and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces including nephew Dr. James Miller, Chief Orthopedic Surgeon for Group Health in Tacoma. He was predeceased by his other brothers, Francis "Frank" Miller and James Miller.

Remembrances in Martin's honor may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Adrian Michigan. The Funeral Catholic Mass was held at St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Laguna Beach, CA, and the burial service followed at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Orange, CA.
Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 10, 2013
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