FRED R. MILLER (1936 - 2014)

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Fred R. Miller, 78, of Tubac, Arizona died at University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona on Thursday, July 10, 2014.

He was born in Bellingham, Washington on April 8, 1936, the only son of Jack D. and Jean (Banford) Miller.

He attended school in Burlington and Mount Vernon, graduating from MVHS with the class of 1954. He attended the University of Washington where he was a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity and graduated from Western Washington University.

Fred met his wife, Arlene while at Western Washington University and they were married December 26, 1959 in Aberdeen, Washington.
After graduation, he served in the United States Army and was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. He then worked for Seattle First National Bank in Seattle until 1964 when he joined his father at Skagit Bonded Collectors and Skagit County Credit Bureau in Mount Vernon. Later, he was a partner in Northwest Washington Credit Bureau in Bellingham, Washington. During this time, he and his family lived in West Mount Vernon where he raised and showed Registered Duroc hogs and Suffolk Sheep. After retirement, he and Arlene moved to Scottsdale, AZ and eventually to Tubac, AZ where they opened a furniture and design store, Casa Fina de Tubac.

Fred was very active in Rotary, serving as past President of the Mount Vernon Rotary Club, Charter President of the Skagit Rotary Club and past District Governor 1989-90 for District 5050 for Rotary International. He also served as past President for the Skagit Golf and Country Club, Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce and Western Management Insitute. He was elected as Port Commissioner for the Port of Skagit County for two terms and was appointed to the Washington State Collection Board by then Governor Booth Gardner. Fred was a member of Mount Vernon Lodge No. F & AM, Nile Temple of Shrine, Seattle and Desert Hills Lutheran Church in Green Valley, AZ. He was a loyal University of Washington Husky fan and a Tyee Member for over 40 years.

Fred loved the outdoors and enjoyed boating, pheasant hunting and salmon fishing. While in Arizona he took up hiking and hiked the Grand Canyon on his 70th birthday. He loved landscaping and took a Master Garden Course in Desert Landscaping. He had a passion for cactus and the desert and loved turning his home into a Desert Botanical Garden.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Arlene; two sons, Greg (Shannon) of Allen, Texas; Brock (Ashlie) of Greensboro, Georgia; and one daughter, Teri Miller of Cave Creek, Arizona; and nine grandchildren: Brynna, Benjamin, Alexandra, Joshua, Jack, Thomas, Nathan, Connor and Robert as well as an extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A private family service and burial took place in Scottsdale, Arizona on July 18, 2014 and a Celebration of Life will be held in Skagit County at a later date.

Remembrances are suggested to Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation, Mount Vernon, WA, Desert Hills Lutheran Church Foundation, Green Valley AZ or .
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Aug. 6, 2014
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