Larry Miller

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  • "I have very fond memories of Larry growing up in Palmdale. ..."
    - Lynda Copeland-Alexander
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Larry Miller
December 10, 1946 - June 7, 2016
Larry Miller,69, of Nampa, Idaho, passed away at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Nampa, Idaho, on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Larry was a devoted husband and father. He took on two boys to raise as his own - brave man!
Larry was born on December 10, 1946, in Bakersfield, California, to Vernon and Evelyn Allsup Miller. He was raised and educated in Palmdale, California, where he graduated from Palmdale High School in 1966. During his childhood and school years a very special friendship was born with Robert "Bob" Kimbrough, that lasted until Larry's passing . The two of them were more than friends - they were brothers. Where you found one the other was close by. They always had each other's backs.
Larry enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1965, his junior year of high school. Upon graduation from high school he was off to Vietnam where he served on the U.S.S. Thomaston. Wouldn't you know - his brother, Bob Kimbrough, followed right behind him and joined the Navy as well. While they each served on different ships, they met up once again while in port in Vietnam in 1967. Again, they had each other's backs. Larry was always proud of his service to his counrty and stated "He was happy to serve and would do it again." After proudly serving his country, he came home to be with his family in Nampa, Idaho. Not soon after, guess who shows up??? His name starts with a "B"!
In 1975, while living in Nampa, Idaho, he met his wife of 40 years - Christine Pierce Wallace. They married on May 08, 1976. Along with Chris came two "crumb snatchers" or "curtain crawlers" name Steve and Rodney Wallace. Larry raised and loved these two boys as his own.
Larry worked in the construction and the HVAC industry for 40 years. Also owning and operating two businesses along the way.
His hobbies included fishing, hunting, and family camping trips. He spent many memorable times with his family fishing and camping. Some of his most favorite places were Henry's Lake, Edna Creek, and fishing the Salmon River. He thoroughly enjoyed hunting for elk in Idaho City, the area Larry and Rodney called "The Rock."
He also proudly served as a member of the Canyon County Sheriff's Posse, along with his trusted horse, Prince, that he raised from a colt and trained himself.
Larry retired from the State of Idaho Department of Corrections as an HVAC foreman. After retirement, Larry and Chris began to fulfill their life long dream of traveling and meeting up with friends. The special friends they shared their adventures with were Wayne and Vicki, Mike and Penny, Bob and Peggy, and Mike and Beth. Their favorite destinations included Canada, Arizona, and Oregon.
Family was extremely important to Larry. Whenever they needed him, he was there without question or hesitation. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Christine Miller; his two sons, Steve and Rodney, and their wives and children. Steve Wallace, married to Tonya, and their children Gavin (nicknamed "G.W" by his grandfather), Sheyanne (nicknamed "Papoose" by her grandfather), and Madison (nicknamed "Mad Maddy" by her grandfather) all of Nampa, Idaho. Rodney Wallace, married to Angela, and their children Tanner (nicknamed "Tannerman" by his grandfather), and Savanna (nicknamed "Sweetie" by her grandfather ) all of Riverton, Wyoming. Larry is also survived by sisters, Barbara Cummings of Cascade, Idaho, and Leona "Lonnie" Warn of Kuna, Idaho; four nephews and two nieces. Larry is preceded in death by his mother and father, and a sister, Sharian.
A private graveside service for immediate family will be held in Boise, Idaho. A separate celebration of Larry's life will be held on a later date for friends and family. In lieu of floral tributes, memorial donations can be sent to the Boise V.F.W. in Larry's name. Arrangements are under the direction of the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel where an online guest book is available at www.nampafuneralhome.com

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on June 12, 2016
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