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Jack Halford Miller

March 27, 1943 — March 8, 2024

Trenton, Utah

Jack Miller was born in Modesto, CA during the US entry into W.W.2  His father, Theo, was deployed in the South Sea's during the War, so Jack was raised in his early years by his mother Edye and Grandmother Callie.

Upon Theo's return from the war, the family relocated to China Lake, CA.  Jack and his siblings, Lonnie, Karen, and Sonja thrived in the desert heat and enjoyed many years of happiness there.  From kids to adults, the four shared a tight bond, and could be heard giggling and planning hi-jinx at any age.

Jack was an idealist, with a strong connection to the planet, and a deep enjoyment of the simple life.  In 1973 he moved to Utah, to "feel the earth beneath his feet instead of the concrete under his shoes."  Jack loved Cache Valley upon first sight.  

He met his wife Nan at Presto, in classic meet-cute style.  Nan asked Jack if all he did at work was "walk around".  He responded "No, sometimes I walk a square."  Thus began a love that lasted 48 wonderful years.  To the very end, you would find them holding hands on walks, or even when just sitting on the couch. Jack and Nan made home in Trenton a few years later, along with his loving wife Nan, and son Ian.

Preferring a quiet life, Jack loved gardening, fishing, and golf.  Every day of his life, he woke up to their view of the valley mountains, and most every night they enjoyed the same view over a campfire.  If Dad was awake, he was outside, finding happiness in being alive in such a peaceful place.  He loved the valley, and spent much of his time taking every dirt road, and side street he could find, just to explore more of the place he called home.

Dad had a strong sense of humor, and in any conversation you would find a blend of witty comments, and horrible puns in equal measure.  It was a rare day Jack couldn't make you laugh. Dad offered what few can, an ability to listen and not judge, and his wisdom and kindness earned him a lifetime of friendships. Jack and Nan's home was a revolving door of people, most came for conversation, horseshoes, and the best Dutch Oven meals in the valley.  No matter the reason, you never left without a hug, and being told you were loved.

Jack was a wonderful father, who taught us to be kind, patient, and to care for our families with the same fierce love.  Jack lived his life everyday in a way that exemplified his strong values. He leaves behind his loving sisters, his sons Shawn and Ian, his grand kids and extensive family and friends that all deeply cared for him.  

To remember Dad, you just need to close your eyes, and you'll recall his easy going, slightly gapped tooth smile and kind demeanor. For every friend and family member that loved Dad, know he loved you right back, dearly.

A Memorial Service for both Jack and Nan will be held in early summer at their home in Trenton, Utah. Date to be determined.
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