Dr. Thomas Edward Miller
November 28, 1931 - September 13, 2016
Dr. Thomas Edward Miller of Grand Junction passed away on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016. He was 84.
Thomas was born on November 28th, 1931, in Kirksville, Missouri. After spending his childhood in the mid-west, Thomas moved west to attend The School Of Mines. During his college career, he was called into active duty for the Navy, where he focused his efforts on the science of aerography. When Thomas returned to school he met the love of his life, Louise, and they were married in 1956. Together, they had three sons, Theodore, Timothy and Terence.
Thomas's life was filled with scientific passions. After pursuing mining engineering, he decided becoming a medical doctor would provide a steadier family life. With a solid engineering background, he then became a doctor, with a specialty in psychiatry. Thomas moved his young family to Grand Junction in 1966 to set up his medical practice as a Psychiatrist. While living in the valley, Thomas sat on numerous medical boards and was a passionate advocate for the creation of the local HMO program. Throughout his life, Thomas enjoyed many different scientific hobbies, but none held his attention as much as making pyrotechnics. After retiring from the medical profession, Thomas pursued his hobby within the pyrotechnics industry. In 2007 and 2008, he was awarded the Grand Master award from the Pyrotechnics Guild International.
Thomas is survived by his wife, Louise; sons, Timothy and Terry; seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Brown's Cremation & Funeral Service on Friday September 23, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
All are welcome.
Published by The Daily Sentinel on Sep. 20, 2016.