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Alan Miller(1931 - 2013)

Alan Bruce Miller

July 9, 1931 to Sept. 3, 2013


Alan B. Miller passed away at age 82 after a long and bravely fought battle against multiple cancers and COPD with the same brave determination and zest for life that he manifested during his entire lifetime. His favorite saying was "it might have kept an ordinary man down!"


As a long time resident of the Bay Area, he owned and operated Heart Construction Company for 32 years. He was one of the founding fathers of Bay Area Bank in Redwood City, which is now a Wells Fargo Branch. He was a long time Board member and President of the Peninsula Builders Exchange, and a past exalted Ruler of the Elks Club in Redwood City.


He raised 3 daughters with his wife Mary Jean Miller of 30 years in Atherton CA. He enjoyed being a little league baseball coach during their childhood.


He was a great father, wonderful friend, had a great sense of humor and enjoyed time with his kids, skiing, fishing, playing tennis and cards.


Later he was involved in the Evangelical Church in Redwood City and volunteered construction of a Recreation Center. One of his life changing opportunities was teaching bible classes to children throughout India.


He discovered his passion for travel with retirement in 1985. He remarried Ursula Von Brun in 1987; they built a beautiful house together in Woodside and shared their passions for travel, skiing, tennis and golf. Their love of golf led the two of them to Lake Las Vegas for the winters and Truckee, CA for the summers.


He is survived by his wife Ursula, his 3 daughters, Kathy Sarrett, Patricia Brodie, and Julie Magness, and his 4 grandchildren, Alan Sarrett, Sara Sarrett, Keegan Brodie, and Kelsey Brodie.


Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be sent to Peninsula Outreach Programs, 2995 Woodside Road, Suite 400-429, Woodside, CA. 90642: a scholarship fund has been set up in his memory to provide Conductive Education to low income families with motor challenged children in Calif. and Nevada.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 14, 2013
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