In Memory

John Franklin Miller - Class Of 1945

John Franklin Miller of Santa Rosa, California died March 7, 2011 from natural causes.  Born in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 21,1927 to Clarence and Ruth Miller, John served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and was an avid family man, outdoorsman, horseman, and traveler.

John is survived by his beloved wife, Carolyn Kell Miller (SPHS '46); sons Ted, Lee, and Mark; daughters-in-law Diane and Bernadette; grandchildren Charles, Amelia, and Evan; brothers Paul and Larry Miller.  John's death was preceded by son Ken Miller and sister Gloria Miller Allen (SPHS '42).

The Press Democrat, March 13, 2011


John left SPHS as a junior to join the Marines. He finished school at John Muir Junior College and then attended Arizona University. He worked in the insurance field and moved to Sebastopol in northern California with his family in 1960.  We lived there for 44 years before moving to a retirement community in Santa Rosa.

John was a horseman and enjoyed the many trips with the Sonoma County Trailblazers to various ranches. We also spent many summer vacations at Eatons Ranch in Wyoming, the first dude ranch in the United States. We also enjoyed many trips to foreign countries and in the U.S. Both John and I had many good memories of our days at South Pasadena High School.

Carolyn Kell Miller '46