Paul Leon Miller

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ten days prior to his 90th birthday, Paul Miller died peacefully in Laguna Niguel, Calif., on the sunny morning of August 31, 2010. At last breath, his child bride Bette Adella (Summer) Miller was seated at Paul's bedside holding his hand. Paul had been strong during his courageous two year battle with colon cancer.

Paul was born in Eureka Springs to Paul Adam and Myrtle Leona Miller. During World War II, he served in the US Navy as a Pharmacist's Mate First Class. After receiving an honorable discharge, he followed his sweetheart and her family from Okmulgee, Okla. to southern California. Bette and Paul married in 1946, had a son Mark, and made their home in Monrovia, Calif.

Paul co-owned Alhambra Motor Parts and Whittier Motor Parts. Bette was a switchboard operator for the El Monte School District. Upon their retirements, they moved to Laguna Beach.

Big Band Era melodies were Paul's lifelong enjoyment. In high school he had learned to play the C melody saxophone. He played with bands in the famous Basin Spring Park in downtown Eureka Springs. He was forever singing, humming, or tapping his feet to those beautiful harmonies.

Paul was "Gramps" to two grandchildren, Wendy Sioux Miller and Dustin Adam Miller. He passed away fifteen days prior to the birth of Lilly Claire Miller, his first great-grandchild. Also surviving Paul are his son, Mark; daughter-in-law Maggie (Cassady) Miller; and his twin sister, Pauline (Miller) Gorby, Langsville, Ohio.

Paul was predeceased by his parents, brothers Glade and Cleo Miller, of Eureka Springs, and a sister, Edith (Miller) Davis, of Portland, Oregon.

On September 25, relatives and close friends attended a small graveside service at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, Calif.

A U.S. Navy Honor Guard was also at graveside. They were present to honor Paul's youthful courage and willingness to serve and protect the United States of America during World War II. After a flag folding ceremony, the American flag was presented to Paul's wife. A distant lone bugler playing Taps concluded the proceedings.