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Gainesville - Lamar Miller, age 81, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2017 at Oak Hammock at the University of Florida. He was born in Ackerman, Mississippi on January 20, 1935 to Louise Johnston Miller and John Wesley Miller. He attended college at Mississippi College where he attained a B.S. in Chemistry. While there he met his future wife, Juanita Spears. After obtaining his B.S. degree they moved to Gainesville, FL where he obtained a Master's and PhD in Physical Chemistry with a minor in Engineering in 1961.
He began his first of three careers in the chemical process industry (10 years) where he holds 3 patents. He then spent 13 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where he was Science Advisor to the Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Director of Hazardous Waste Enforcement in Washington, D.C. While there he was on the Board of Directors for the Baptist Children's Home, was instrumental in establishing a day care center at First Baptist church, was on the Finance committee of First Baptist as well as the Church School Director (an interesting anecdote is that Jimmy Carter worked under him in his latter role, as he sometimes volunteered to teach at the church school). In 1983 Lamar and Juanita moved back to Gainesville, FL where he joined the faculty of the University of Florida as a professor of Environmental Engineering Sciences specializing in hazardous and solid waste management, ultimate disposal systems, groundwater restoration and treatment and regulatory management. While there they were members of Trinity United Methodist Church where Lamar also served on the Board of Directors. Throughout his career, he consulted with a number of companies, such as Pfizer, CH2M Hill, Jones Edmunds, Colony Reef and the City of Danbury, CT as well as several law firms.
Lamar and Juanita moved to Oak Hammock in Gainesville, Florida in 2004 as founding members. While at Oak Hammock he served in a variety of positions, such as President of FLICRA (3 years), a member of their state board (4 years), a member of the OH Health and Wellbeing committee and the OH Advisory board.
Lamar is preceded in death by his parents and his two brothers, Hanion and John Edward. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Juanita Spears Miller; sisters, Nadalyn Cotten and LaNell Alford; sister-in-law Doris Farnbach; brother-in-law James Spears; 18 nieces and nephews and large number of great nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Avenue, with Rev. Aaron Rousseau and Dr. Dan Johnson officiating. A reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University of Florida Endowment - Lamar Miller's Solid Waste scholarship, or to Trinity United Methodist Church in Lamar's name. Please visit Lamar's memorial page at
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Published by Gainesville Sun from Jan. 4 to Jan. 7, 2017.
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We enjoyed many years being next door neighbors of Juanita and Lamar. He was also a superb colleague in Environmental Engineering Sciences and contributed greatly to the success of the Department during his time on the faculty.
Joe and Dotti Delfino
March 30, 2017
George and I were so sad to hear about Lamar. David Watkins called today to let us know. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. We have many good memories of being with you and Lamar. May Christ's Peace be with you. Anna Lois Ezell
January 9, 2017

Juanita you and Lamar have been such a special part of the Pritchett family. Love to you and yours.

Allison Ansley Pritchett Irons
January 8, 2017
Im so sad to hear about Lamar. Know that our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. I have such fond memories of Lamar. Wish we could be there with you but we will be there in Spirit. Sending you a big hug from Madrid. Love Eleanor
Eleanor Cunningham Pojer
January 6, 2017
Juanita, Jim and I send our deepest condolences to you and family!! Sending hugs, sweet memories, and peace! Cindy
Jim and Cindy Pritchett
January 5, 2017
Lamar, will miss you, so happy to know you and loved spending time with My sympathy to all the family., especially Juanita.

Lol, Vikki Wallace
Vikki Wallace
January 4, 2017
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