John Martin Miller, 76, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, surrounded by his wife, children, and sister at Memorial Hospital, Modesto.
He was an Oakdale resident for 41 years.
He was born the sixth of eight children on March 9, 1935 in Afton, Oklahoma. He had a passion for life and people.
He and his family moved back and forth from Oklahoma to California, but settled in Modesto in 1946.
Mr. Miller served in the Marines from 1953 to 1957. He returned from his tour of duty to Modesto in April 1957.
It was then that he found the love of his life, Katherine, around the corner from his parents’ home.
They married July 14, 1957. They raised, loved and influenced their four children.
He unconditionally shared his love, faith, and life skills with everyone he met.
He worked for 7-Up Bottling Company, Modesto, for over 12 years after short stays in Merced and Oregon. In 1971, he moved his family to Oakdale and went to work for the Yosemite Community Colleges – Modesto Junior College and Columbia Junior College for over 24 years as heating and air conditioning technician, and later as supervisor of buildings in Columbia.
He retired in 1995 and continued using his heating and air conditioning certification and maintenance skills to help his church, friends, and family with any need they had.
The Oakdale Police Department’s CAPS – Senior Outreach Division would also call him to help older residents in need of anything from installing furnaces or entire heating and air units to building ramps onto homes to allow wheelchair access.
He was always available for any request they had and got each job done very quickly.
He worked on his land planting, tilling, harvesting, building, repairing, and tending to property and animals.
He never met a stranger and couldn’t say no to someone in need. He worked, loved, and believed in God with fervor.
His faith in God gave him and those around him great strength.
He is loved and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife of more than 54 years, Katherine; children; Pam Harvey, Martin Miller, Anita Clinkenbeard, and Joe Miller; brother, Tom; sister, Helen; nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
Lakewood Memorial Park and Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.