Jack (John Martin) Miller lost his life as we know it on April 21, 2019
Jack was born in Santa Monica, September 13, 1929. His parents were Wesley Clifton Miller and Dorothy Martin Miller and he had a brother Wesley Binning Miller. Jack was a local boy that went to Emerson Junior High and University High School. He enrolled in UCLA when he was just short of 16 years old. Jack ran track for four years and was Captain of the track team his senior year. 880 was his specialty. He belonged to Phi Gamma Delta. He was proud to be a FiGI. He met and married Diana Mann. Jack and Diana had three children John Charles (Charlie), Marilyn Anita (Anita) and Christa. Diana died tragically when the children were 6, 8 and 10 years old. Jack raised the kids alone to their teen years.
While at UCLA, he received a Bachelor's degree in Engineering and a Master's degree in Business Administration. He also passed the CPA exam. He joined Hughes Aircraft where he spent 36 years. He ended his career in the position of Manager of Business Administration of Hughes Aircraft Support Systems. While working in Long Beach, he became very involved with the YMCA. Jack served on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach along with numerous organizations in that area.
Jack married Jan Stern in 1979, increasing their family to 5 children. The new members were Mike Stern and Angela Stern (Anderson). Jack and Jan were married 40 years.They traveled the United States and expedition travel to all 7 continents and hundreds of South and North Pacific Islands, along with yearly month long stays at their beloved Poipu Beach on Kauai.
Jack' first love was San Onofre surfing beach where he surfed and camped for over 63 years, beginning when his brother took him there when he was 16. He was a member of the San Onofre Surfing Club. Jack competed in the San Onofre surfing contests and volleyball tournaments. He won or placed high in the standings most years. Jack served on the Board of Directors for many years and later as president. He played volleyball at 35th in the winters. Jack was never seen without a crossword puzzle and a pen. He and Jan enjoyed many ski trips with friends and family. There is not much to say about his golf game.
Jack had four grandchildren, Jacob Armstrong (Anita and Bill Armstrong), Cameron and Cara Stern, (Mike and Dina Stern) and Danyel Best, (Angie's daughter) and Rob Anderson. Jack was revered by his children and grandchildren for his quiet goodness, sound advice, steadfast love and influence. We miss him terribly.
We will be celebrating the life of Jack Miller with an open house, Sunday, June 2, 2019 from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. at our home.
There will be a paddle-out at San Onofre June 5th. Further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
. Donations in memory of Jack Miller may be made to:
The YMCA Youth Institue
820 Long Beach Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90813lybmcayi.org