John Paul Miller
John Paul Miller was born Dec. 30, 1941 in Schurz, Nev. and started his eternal journey on Sunday, May 29, 2011. John was a Vietnam veteran who served with the 101st Airborne Division and was awarded the Bronze Star and an Army Commendation Medal for his heroic and outstanding service in the Vietnam War. John was a lifelong miner and started his mining career at the young age of 19 in Union Carbide. He traveled the Western United States working for various mines. He spent his last 10 years mining in Juneau, Alaska. In 2006 he retired from mining after 37 years and returned to his home town of Big Pine to be close to his children and grandchildren. John loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed fishing and hunting. While in Juneau, he loved salmon, halibut and king crab fishing and loved living in the beautiful wilderness of Alaska. He also fished the lakes, rivers and streams of the Owens Valley and also fished off the coasts of Alaska and Mexico. John was also known for fearlessly street racing his classic muscle cars and trucks around the black tops of the Owens Valley.
John was a devoted father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He will be missed by his family and the many friends he’s made throughout his lifelong journey.
John is survived by his son, Troy John Miller of Big Pine; daughters, Tanya Miller of Salt Lake, Utah and Tara Joy Miller of Big Pine; stepdaughters, Clarice Charlie of Sparks, Nev. and Florence “Gertie” Stone of Bishop; grandchildren, Daven Miller of Salt Lake, Arayah Miller of Big Pine, Kaeleigh Johnny of Sparks and Alyese Hubbard of Sparks; sisters, Darlene Salas of Bishop and Georgia Elliot and brother-in-law, Grady Elliot of Bishop; niece, Tila Ulhaq and her husband, Naveed Ulhaq and their children, Eesha and Ameera of Charlotte, N.C.; nephews, Douglas Tockey of Big Pine and Clyde Patterson of Sacramento; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members and friends.
John was preceded in death by his father, John Miller, Sr.; mother, Margaret Shaw; brother, Rusty Kennedy; and sister, Judy Kennedy.
A cry dance will be held at the Miller residence, 1002 Piper St. in Big Pine at dusk on Sunday. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Allen Spoonhunter Memorial Gym in Big Pine. A reception will follow.