Our beloved Alan “Al” Arthur Miller, 69, went home to Jesus on July 7, 2018. Alan passed away in his Kamiah home after a 3-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Alan was the third child born to Arthur and Mary Elizabeth (Hartzell) Miller in Portland, Ore. on July 3, 1949.
Living in Portland his entire childhood, he graduated from David Douglas High School. He served four years in the Army National Guard. In early adulthood he attended Seminary School two years in Springfield, Mo. Al spent the majority of his years residing in Oregon, but also lived in Missouri, Washington, Minnesota, and Idaho.
At the age of 21 Alan married Brenda Sargent. They had two children, Michele and Christopher before divorcing in 1981. A marriage to Deborah Blinsmon brought another daughter, Annalise, and stepson Michael into his life before they divorced. In 1994 Alan married Barbara Crane, introducing stepchildren Eric and Renee. They were married until Barb’s death in 2007. In 2009 after 28 years of separation Alan remarried his first love Brenda.
Alan worked as a welder, shipping/receiving and delivery, TV repair, sales, retiring from Ramallah Textiles where he had travelled extensively covering five states.
Al knew no strangers, making friends everywhere he went. He was known to stop along the roadside to talk to people as the mood hit. If you had a nice car, he liked your lawn or something about your house, he would have a chat with you. Alan was a true people person.
Al’s favorite stories were of his many hunting expeditions with friends, where he earned a special nickname. He did several Canadian and Alaskan hunts taking two moose and two bear, along with his years of hunting elk and deer in the Pacific Northwest. Alan also enjoyed traveling, wood working, scuba diving, riding his Harley, trying anything that didn’t involve heights, except when he built his log house in LaPine, Ore.; he went to the rafters on that one, accomplishing a lifelong dream. Al was also big into guns. More than guns, Alan loved anything with wheels and a motor. He left a long trail of broken hearted engines as he tried to drive and own as many as he could in his lifetime. His most prized vehicles were a recently restored ‘66 Ford pickup his father bought brand new, and a ‘64 Thunderbird. His biggest joy was sharing life with his family and friends.
Alan was preceded in death by his mother Mary, his father Arthur, his sister Marianne, and previous wife Barbara.
He is survived by his wife Brenda; children Michele (Wayde) WhiteEagle, Christopher (Kelly) Miller, and Annalise Woods; grandchildren Danielle (Cole) Senefsky, Samantha WhiteEagle, Kameran, Payton, Baleigh, and Ella Miller, Miller and Olivia Woods; great-grandchildren Bryston, Landon, Regan and Colten; siblings Susie and Michael; and many extended family and dear friends.
A memorial service with a meal to follow will be held Saturday, July 21, at 4:30 p.m. at Clearwater Valley Assembly of God, 1011 Yates Street, Kamiah. Trenary Funeral Home is assisting the family.