It is with great sadness that the family of Tommie (Gary) Miller announces his sudden passing on November 21st, 2018 at the age of 78. Gary was born on August 16, 1940 in Graham, Texas to Tom and Maeola Miller. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Phyllis of 31 years, his sons Darrin (Marni) of Windsor and Blaine (Pam) of Shelley, Idaho, his daughter-in-law Mary Evans-Miller and also his step-children Shelley (Charles) York of Ontario Or, Jeff (Leah) Tompkins of Eureka, Brett (Cindy) Tompkins of Henderson, Nevada, his sister Georgia Watson of Eugene, Oregon, and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be fondly remembered by his eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren, and one great step-grandchild. He leaves behind his close friends Mickey Jones, Lonnie Johnson, John Hawbaker, Howard Hanlon and Jack Worthington. He will also be greatly missed by many more dear friends (too many to name) and by his two precious dogs, Rocky and Lexi, whom he loved very much.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents Tom & Maeola, his oldest sister Dolores Hall, his brother-in-law Dean Hall whom Gary loved dearly, and his other brother-in-law, Don Watson. Sadly, he was also preceded in death by his eldest son Wesley Miller, who broke his heart when he passed away in February of 2017 at the age of 55.

Gary graduated from Arcata High in 1959. He was in the auto business for over 40 years. If you bought a car from Mid City Motor World in the 80s, or Mickey’s in the 90s and early 2000s, you probably crossed paths with Gary. He spent his retirement years in his dream home on Humboldt Hill that he and his wife built in 1996, gardening and feeding the deer that would gather in his front yard every morning and evening. He loved watching sports, and was huge fan of the San Francisco Giants and the 49ers. Gary was a kind and generous man with a great sense of humor as well as a wonderful, loving andcaring husband, father and grandpa. We all loved Gary very much and he will be deeply missed. As of now, no services have been planned.

The family of Gary Miller would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everybody who has reached out by sending cards, flowers, and calling. His loving wife Phyllis is extemely grateful for her son Jeff and his wife Leah who have been her rocks during this difficult time. Jeff did not leave her side for five days, and they have both spent time with her every day since Gary’s untimely passing. Without their love and support she does not know what she would have done. She would also like to thank her other son Brett and his wife Cindy for traveling from Nevada to be with her, Gary’s niece Catherine Vanderhorst, and his sister Georgia Watson for their love and support. Gary was his wife’s rock for 31 years and has left a big hole in her heart, so she is very thankful to have such a loving and caring support network.


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