Leonard M. Miller
1942 - 2021
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June 17, 1942 - April 6, 2021 On Tuesday, April 6, 2021, Leonard Marvin Miller, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away at the age of 78. Leonard was born on June 17, 1942 in Vernon, Texas to Marvin Leonard and Oretta Mamie (Culberson) Miller. He moved to San Pedro, California as a child and attended Barton Hill Elementary School, Dana Jr. High School and San Pedro High School. On October 3, 1964, he married the love of his life Maria Terese Riera and they raised four children. Leonard was industrious and held several jobs as a young man, which included appliance repairman, motorcycle mechanic and bar tender. He also worked as a superintendent for Cosco Fire Protection installing fire suppression systems in many of the skyscrapers in Century City. He later became an owner-operator of a liquor store in Lawndale. With an entrepreneurial spirit coupled with the appeal of being his own boss, Leonard started a small welding company, Miller Enterprises, which specialized in servicing the aerospace and heavy-construction industries. Leonard ran Miller Enterprises for more than 40 years before he retired. He also had a relatively short stint working at U.S. Borax where he was proud to retire as a union member of the 20 Mule Team. He was a proud American. He patriotically flew the American flag at his home and ardently supported the real-life super heroes of our military, firefighters and police officers. Leonard loved San Pedro and he bled Pirate black and gold. He was also a proud member of the Elks Lodge. As a young man Leonard enjoyed riding/racing motorcycles, martial arts (Aikido) training and playing various sports. He also loved working on cars, fishing, playing dominoes and throwing darts. With his wife Maria and many friends he enjoyed line dancing, clogging, camping, and going for rides on his Harley-Davidson. Leonard was an avid music lover and played bass guitar and the guitarron. He was particularly fond of golden oldies, country western and mariachi music. To say Leonard was passionate about youth sports would be an immense understatement. Leonard poured his heart and soul into youth sports for more than 30 years. He strongly believed that many troubled youth could find a path to a successful and fulfilling life through sports. Though he coached other sports such as girls softball and football, Leonard was best-known for being a superb baseball coach who led local teams to numerous championships and, more importantly, helped transform boys into men by teaching them about work ethic, accountability, courage, discipline and team work. Even into his late 70s, Leonard continued to support youth sports as an active member of the San Pedro Pirate Booster Club. Leonard had a great sense of humor. He was a prankster at times and had an infectious laugh. He was also known to throw great parties, including the epic annual Christmas party that spanned more than 20 years. Leonard had a huge heart and would not hesitate to give someone the shirt off his back or provide them with a meal. He was also generous with his time. As Leonard could fix just about anything, he gladly spent numerous hours doing handyman work at the Little Sisters of the Poor facility at the request of his favorite nun - Sister Bernadette - who simply adored Leonard. He was chivalrous and brave. Leonard was a defender of the weak and would put himself in harm's way as he absolutely despised bullies. Leonard was preceded in death by his father Marvin, mother Oretta and brother Bob Carlton. He is survived by his wife Maria, his five children, Brett, Gina, Leonard, Joey and Mark, and 13 grandchildren. A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in San Pedro. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to Mary Star of the Sea Parish [www.MaryStar.org]; the CCHS Foundation [www.CCHSNetwork.org] or the San Pedro Pirate Booster Club, 1536 W. 25th St. Box 232, San Pedro, CA 90732. Please sign the guestbook at mcnerneysmortuary.com.


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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Apr. 20, 2021.
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Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church
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April 20, 2021
First and foremost I would like to extend our condolences and prayers to The Miller Family for the loss of this great man. My wife and I worked with Leonard at U.S. BORAX when got hired in1995 we had the best of times working with Leonard he was such a comedian and a prankster he certainly made our time go by so quick I myself learned a lot from him we would talk about his “side job” and I would say this is your side job and he would laugh and say yeah you’re right I took welding in school but never in my older years and he gave me so many pointers that I still use to this day I remember when I would ask for help on something he would always say “ in a heartbeat “ without fail he was there to help because that’s just how he was willing to always help.
Rest In Eternal Paradise Leonard

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