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James E "Jay" Miller

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April 6, 1929 - Nov. 5, 2012
James Edward MIller (Jay) of American Canyon, passed away Monday, Nov. 5, at home with his family at this side. He was 83.
James was born in Purcell, OK., to Crockett and Edna Miller. The family moved to Arkansas City, ARK., in 1934 and then to Vallejo, CA., in 1942. He later married Stella Donaldson and moved to American Canyon in 1955 where they raised five children.
Jay worked at Mare Island Naval Shipyard for 38 years as a machinist and retired in 1985 as General Foreman.
He was a member and past grand of San Pablo Lodge #43 Independent order ODD Fellows and Past Governor of the Vallejo, Loyal Order of Moose. He was a member of Moose Campers Club.
Jay was a sincere, loving, kind man who loved his family and friends. He had a very generous heart, never saying "no" to anyone and always held out a helping hand. Family meant the world to him and he demonstrated that by many, many photographs he has taken as a professional photographer. He photographed and documented activities of several fraternities, weddings and sporting events. He enjoyed dark room creativity by producing photographs of extraordinary subjects and dimensions.
He served in the U.S. Navy during 1946-1948 and was stationed on Saipan, Marianas Island. He was recalled to active duty in 1950 during the Korean Conflict and served with VF-781 jet fighter squadron attached to USS Bon Homme Richard CV-31. He also served eight years in the Marine Corps reserve as a staff sergeant E6.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Stella in 2011; daughter, Pamela Anne Mueller in 1988; parents, Crockett E. Miller in 1992, mother, Edna M. Miller in 2005; brothers, Carl E. Miller in 1998 and Kenneth D. Miller in 1980.
He is survived by son, James (Jimmy) J. Miller of Maxwell, CA.; daughters, Judy Guzman (Steve) of Napa, CA., Rhonda Hoehn of American Canyon, CA., and Cheryl Adams of Albany, OR.; sisters, Sharon Martin of Sacramento, CA., Carol Reynolds (Ron) of Scottsdale, AZ., and Linda Pechar of Scottsdale, AZ.; grandchildren, Alan, Nick, Kelly, Katie, Jennifer, Stephanie, Jeffrey, Joey, Andrea, and Alicia; 12 great grandchildren, and his special little friend, Charlie, his Maltese.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at the Vallejo Moose Lodge, 337 Nebraska, with the Vallejo Moose ritual staff and the ODD fewllows lodge, San Pablo #43 presiding, on Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. Inurnment will be private.
Published in TimesHeraldOnline on Nov. 11, 2012
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