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Michael Dennis Miller


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Michael Dennis Miller Obituary
MICHAEL DENNIS MILLER, 74, was surrounded by family in Murrieta, Ca., as he peacefully passed into the arms of Jesus October 2, 2014. Mike and his wife of 56 years, Barbara Ann Miller, resided in Las Vegas 50 years before moving to California in 2011 so he could paint, garden, golf and fish. An only child, he was born October 31, 1939 in Bell, California and is preceded in death by his parents Mildred Isabella Duden and Donald Stewart Miller. After marrying his high school sweetheart and attending Choinards Art School, Mike trained in the U.S. Army. He joined Walt Disney Studios in 1957 and also worked for NBC and MGM Studios before moving to Las Vegas in 1962 where he enjoyed a 30-year graphic design and advertising career. His final decade in Las Vegas, Mike was Creative Manager at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Mike was passionate about his family, his faith and his art which was a hobby as well as his vocation. He participated in western art shows, did Quick draw demonstrations for charities, and taught art classes. His talents were unparalleled, and he leaves a legacy that includes children's books, cartoons, coloring books, paintings and the UNLV 'Hey Reb' mascot for which he was inducted into the UNLV Athletic Hall of Fame. Mike's book "Play in the Clouds" was placed in the Library of Congress in 2012. UNLV Special Collections Library will soon feature some of his work, as well as the Leanin' Tree Card Company in their 2015 Christmas card catalog. Mike is survived by his wife Barbara Miller of Murrieta; sons Donald Stewart Miller and Todd Michael Miller (wife Dawn Miller) of Las Vegas; and daughter Michelle (Shelly Miller) Harris (husband Jim Harris) of Murrieta, along with 8 grandchildren: Matthew Harris (Areli); Molly Harris Taylor (Zack); Emily Miller Couture (Ryan); Allison Miller Berry (Alan); Anthony Miller, Andrew Miller, Joey Miller and Dominic Miller; and great grandchildren Frankie Taylor and Zeke Taylor. A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, October 17 at 10am at The Crossing Church, in Las Vegas. In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored if you choose to make a donation in memory of Mike to .
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Oct. 12, 2014
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