Donald James Miller
1926 - 2021
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Donald James Miller
Apr. 30, 1926 - Mar. 22, 2021
Bothell, Washington
Donald James Miller (Don), 94, peacefully passed away in Bothell, Washington, on March 22, 2021.
Don was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Walter and Amy Miller (Wade), on April 30, 1926. He married Doris Aileen Miller (Lay) on February 11, 1950, in Memphis, Tennessee. They raised two sons, a daughter, numerous dogs, and other family pets together.
Don left home at the age of 16 to join the Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II. After the war ended, he re-enlisted and served more than 20 years before retiring from the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer. He went on to attend Foothill and De Anza Colleges in California. Don worked as a Master Electronics Technician for Varian Associates in Palo Alto, and retired from there in 1990. He was active in the Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 101, for many years. He loved living in California for more than 60 years and could often be found puttering in the yard, tinkering in the garage or working at his desk. He also loved studying the stars. To be close to his daughter and family, Don moved to Washington State in 2019.
Don is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Doris, their two dear sons, Gary and David Miller, and many cherished dogs, especially "the best one", Cody.
Don is survived by his daughter, Ann Manson; son-in-law, Leo Manson; daughter-in-law, MaryAnn Miller; grandchildren Katie (Manson) and Mike Riddle, Bobby and Leah Manson, and Kimmy Manson. The family dogs - Tucker, Herman, Lily, and Ruby - will miss his love and treats.
Visitation will be held at 1:30pm, April 16, 2021, followed by a funeral service at 2:30pm in the Chapel of the Roses, Oak Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 300 Curtner Avenue, San Jose, California. Burial will follow the funeral services at Oak Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Park.


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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Apr. 11, 2021.
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