Martin Miller

Martin G. Miller, 71, passed away Oct. 7 at his home in Walla Walla, Wash.

Martin was born Sept. 27, 1948, to Martin P. and Anna L. (Wirtz) Miller in Grants Pass, Ore. Martin graduated from East High School in Cheyenne in 1967, and in November of 1967 he entered the U.S. Army. He attended the Army Aviation School at Fort Rucker, Ala., and graduated in 1969. Martin was sent to Vietnam, he completed two tours of duty flying air evacuation, medical, troop extractions and gunship missions. His military career encompassed serving in two wars. He retired from his active duty and Wyoming Army National Guard service of 28 years on June 18, 1996.

On the civilian side, following his return from Vietnam, he began working with his father as a carpenter. Martin took great pride in perfecting his craft. Some of the positions he held were quality control supervisor for the SOHIO Endicott Project on Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, from 1985-87. He was also a full-time technician in the Army National Guard as a flight operations specialist.

After moving from Cheyenne to Star Valley, he returned to his love of carpentry. In 1999, he and his wife, a registered nurse, opened a medical equipment and supply store in Thayne spanning 10 years until selling the business in 2009.

On the personal side, Martin was a loving husband to his wife, Susan. He was a devoted father, grandfather and friend to many. He had a deep abiding faith. Martin accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior in March of 2000. He was secure in his salvation and life ever after. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Martin is survived by his wife, Susan Olson-Miller; a daughter, Amanda Jo McClanahan; a son, Martin J. Miller; a brother, Joseph Miller; and a granddaughter, Molly Ann Miller.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Jack Miller.

A private family service will be held in loving memory Saturday, Oct. 12 at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt in Walla Walla.

Memorial contributions may be made to Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center or the Blue Mountain Humane Society through the funeral home at 1551 The Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362. Friends and family may share memories and sign his online guestbook at

This is a paid obituary.

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