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Joshuah Vernon Miller

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Joshuah Vernon Miller tragically said goodbye to us all Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007.
Josh was born in Missoula, Mont., Sept. 7, 1986. He spent his first six years between Missoula and Bozeman being his Granny's best friend and the answer to his mama's prayers. His visits to Bozeman were fun times with Aunt Jeannie, Uncle Dave, Grandma Hazel and Grandpa Marvin. He always had a deep appreciation for Grandpa, who never forgot to put out extra donuts and coffee for Josh's special angels: Bap, Zee, Mo and Laramie.
Josh and his mom moved to Alamogordo in 1992, where he was so blessed from God with his special Grandma, Geni Brown, Uncle Richard Aguillar, Uncle Thad and Aunt Roz Brown, and especially "dad" Dane Brown. It was here and through these relationships that Josh learned the true meaning of unconditional love and acceptance.
In 1999, Josh and his mom moved back to Bozeman, where he graduated from Bozeman Senior High in 2005 and went on to attend Montana State University. Josh was active in the Ross C. Jensen chapter of DeMolay throughout high school, where he held many offices, including master councilor, and was given chevalier in June 2006. He was also on the board of directors for the Montana Youth Group over the last few years. Josh was an avid chess player and computer game addict, while at the same time actively competing in local, state and national magic tournaments.
Josh was survived by his mother, Kelly, step-father and friend Clint Burkhart; step-sisters Michelle, Rachel and Liz; step-brother Drew; new brother Nathan; grandparents Marvin and Hazel Crane, Clarice Crane, Bud and Mary Burkhart; great-grandmother MaryAnne Miller; aunts and uncles Jean and Dave Wright, and Patsy and Mike Carlin; numerous cousins; his special Malea; and numerous friends, all of Bozeman. He was also survived by "dad" Dane and family, of Alamogordo; his father and step-mother, Keith and Angie Miller; sisters Nichole and Natalia; grandparents Pat and Rocky Miller, all of Texas; and aunts Kathy Montgomery, of Washington, and Laurie Armstrong, of Oregon.
Josh was preceded in death by his uncle, Newton Crane, and great-grandfather, Floyd Miller, a special abuela in New Mexico, as well as his beloved rat, Snuggles.
Josh was a kind, compassionate and old soul. He was tolerant, accepting and appreciative of the diversity and uniqueness in all. He always noticed the pain in the less fortunate and found the value in those who get overlooked, giving what he had, if only himself. He wasn't just a friend, he was a best friend. He wasn't just a son, a brother, or a boyfriend, he is the one we'd trade for no other. He was the one engulfed in his own pain and struggles, yet when entering any room would do so with a smile and genuine concern for those around him. He wasn't just a citizen of this world or a face in the crowd, he was the one who when late for class or work, you'd find holding the door for the rest to enter first. This world was blessed by and made a more special place with him in it.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by interment in Sunset Hills Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in Josh's name to the Soup Rescue Mission, PO Box 445, Belgrade, MT, 59714
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com
Joshy Boogs, goodnight. God bless you. I love you. -Mama.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Dec. 7 to Dec. 21, 2007
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