Dale Miller loses fight

Dale Miller, the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Man of the Year and president of the Oakhurst Community Center Board of Directors, died July 20, 2015, after a fight with cancer. He was 78-years-old.

Mr. Miller, of Ahwahnee, was born April 14, 1937, to Dewey and Hazel Miller in Ventura. He attended John Muir High School and Pasadena City College, graduating in 1957.

In 1960, Mr. Miller was hired by the Ventura County Fire Department working at Station 45 in Simi Valley. In 1965, he was promoted to captain and in 1975, he was promoted to battalion chief.

He was a past president of the Simi Valley Noon Rotary Club (1991 president), a member of the Elks Lodge (who named him Man of the Year), was a member of the Simi Valley Historical Society, spent 15 years volunteering with the Simi Valley Youth Baseball (two years as president), along with assisting numerous other community charities and events.

Retiring as the fire battalion chief in 1992, he moved, along with his wife Barbara, to their new home at the River Creek Creek Golf Course.

An avid golfer and community activist, Mr. Miller was serving as the president of the Oakhurst Community Center Board of Directors at the time of his death. He was also a member of the Elk’s Lodge in Oakhurst, was a board member of Sierra Ambulance, past president (1995 and 2012) of the Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary Club, a member of the Sierra Pines Church Men’s Ministry, and the Men’s Golf Club at River Creek.

After coming up with the idea, he coordinated the Elk’s Safety Awards in October, 2013, that honored six Mountain Area first responders.

Mr. Miller enjoyed socializing, and meeting weekly with his fellow ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out) for breakfast and fellowship.

Mr. Miller was preceded in death my his wife of 26-years, Barbara, and granddaughter Kaitlin.

He is survived by three sons, three daughters, and 12 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.