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Wayne Clayton Miller

Sept. 5, 1926 - Oct. 14, 2013


Wayne Clayton MillerWayne Clayton Miller passed away Monday morning at 7 a.m. Oct. 14, 2013 at Pheasant Pointe Care Center in Molalla. His family gathered around his bedside for his last week giving him their love and support.

He was born in Williston, North Dakota, Sept. 5, 1926 to the proud parents John Adam Miller and Kathern Marie Edgar Miller in Williston, North Dakota. He lived for the next eight years in Trenton, North Dakota. While playing with the local Indian children he found the love of rocks that lasted his whole life. They moved to the Oregon City area in 1934 at the age of eight. He attended Canby High School graduating in June of 1944.

Wayne had a built-in desire to travel and explore, so he joined a rodeo group traveling around the United States for three years. He broke his back spending the next three months flat on his back under doctor’s care. He drifted from there to driving long haul, and then building homes in Washington.

He was drafted into the Army in 1952-1954 where he was stationed in Berlin, Germany as a Quarter Master. When he returned home, Clackamas County Road Department hired him, where he worked alongside his father for the next 5 years. Then he transferred to the Clackamas County Sheriffs Department, retiring Dec. 30, 1984, where he served as a deputy Sheriff.

Wayne married his wife, Jean Sisley Carrier on July 7, 1973, at the Clackamas County Court House. They were married 40 years. He fulfilled his life long passion of rocks by starting a Gem and Mineral Show held at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds Labor Day weekend in 1983 and continued it for 30 years. He was in seventh heaven giving talks to school children around the area as well.

He is survived by his wife, Jean; son, Wayne and his wife Torry Brooks of Sherwood; daughter, Melva and husband Wayne Whitesel of Battle Ground, Wash,; sons, Michael and his wife Christia Miller of Beaverton, Patrick and his wife Marcia Miller of Creswell and Douglas and his wife Pam Miller of Albany; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

Services were held Sat., Oct. 19 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 11 a.m. He was buried at Adams Cemetery. Clackamas County provided a color guard for the service.

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s in Portland, Ore.