August 11, 1926 — December 26, 2017
Don Miller, 91, passed away quietly on December 26, 2017.
He was born in Rockville, Connecticut, to James Hutchison Miller and Elizabeth Rabe Miller. The youngest of four children, he grew up exploring the woods and ponds around his home.
He served in the 25th Infantry Division in the Philippines during World War II and, following the war, in the occupation of Japan.
Upon his return to the States, he earned degrees in forestry from the University of Connecticut and Yale University. After spending several years working in New England, he moved to Corvallis in 1955 to take a position with the Oregon Forest Products Laboratory at Oregon State College (now Oregon State University).
In 1960, he married Miriam Hall, and they spent the next 50 years adventuring together. He continued to conduct research until he retired from the university in 1990. Don enjoyed skiing — he volunteered for decades with the Santiam Pass Ski Patrol — as well as hiking, canoeing, swimming and sailing. He commuted to work by bicycle and sewed his own raingear.
He will be remembered for his kindness, curiosity, and wonderful sense of humor.
He is survived by his two children, Amy Miller (Peter Smith) of Anchorage, Alaska, and Bruce Miller (Ryoko Inoue) of Saitama, Japan; his new granddaughter, Sara Inoue Miller of Saitama, Japan; and a number of nephews and nieces.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care or Heartland Humane Society, in care of McHenry Funeral Home, 206 NW 5th Street, Corvallis, OR 97330.