Mark Hunter Miller, age 69, of Metairie LA and Monrovia CA died on September 4 after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by parents T.J. and Estelle Herrod Miller, brother Tommy, and infant son Robert Hunter Miller. Mark is survived by his wife, Nancy Hudson Miller; son Ryan, daughter-in-law Lia and granddaughter Amelia Miller of Sierra Madre CA; son Matthew Miller of New Orleans; sister and brother-in-law Reba and Don Johnson of Lake Charles LA and their children and grandchildren; and step-daughter Allison Hennings Guarnieri, her husband Chris, and their daughter Sophia of Scottsdale AZ. Mark was born February 19, 1944, in Oakdale LA, graduated from Elizabeth (LA) High School, was an ROTC Honors graduate from LSU, and attended graduate school at UC Berkeley. He was commissioned as an Officer in the U.S. Army immediately following graduation from LSU, serving two tours of duty in Vietnam with the 82nd Airborne Division (Army Rangers). He served with distinction, attaining the rank of Captain prior to separation. He earned numerous honors for his heroism and bravery, including three Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars, and the Army Commendation Medal. He was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Following his military service, Mark enjoyed a lengthy and successful career in medical supplies and equipment sales, culminating in a position as National Sales Manager for Sundance Enterprises. In his recent retirement years, Mark found his greatest joy in being "Pop" to his granddaughter Amelia and spending time with his grown children. His faithful canine companion, Beau (a miniature poodle), accompanied Mark on cross-country trips between New Orleans and California, and was never far from Mark's side. Regular rounds of golf on Mondays (followed by a traditional lunch of red beans and rice), plus rooting for his beloved LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints, made for a full life. Mark will be remembered for his intense love of friends and family, his hospitality and grilling expertise, and his wicked sense of humor. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 7, at 9 a.m. at Munholland United Methodist Church in Metairie (1201 Metairie Rd., Metairie LA 70005). Burial will be at Hampton Memorial Cemetery in Elizabeth LA at 4 p.m. Saturday. Ardoin Funeral Home, 432 N. 8th St., Kinder, (337) 738-2526, is in charge of arrangements. The family thanks the caregivers of the Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home, the Oncology Unit of East Jefferson General Hospital, and the USC Norris Cancer Center at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena CA for their loving kindness to Mark and his family during his illness. Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans (Chapter 37), the East Jefferson General Hospital Foundation, or a charity of your choice.
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Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com on Sept. 6, 2013