Bud Miller (Harold Kirkham Miller, Jr.) age 86, passed away peacefully at his home in Weed, California on Tuesday, July 10, 2012.
Bud was born in Healdsburg, California on June 7, 1926 to Harold and Eleanor Miller, and was raised there until he entered military service in World War II.
Bud was a musician, entrepreneur and a renaissance man.
He had a profound love of animals, having been an equestrian jumper in his childhood. He enjoyed the company of many beloved pets over the years, the most notable being his dog Sammy.
Bud started learning piano at age seven. By his freshman year in high school, he had formed his own 12-piece dance band; and at the age of 16, he started studying with Freddie Saatman, an acclaimed piano virtuoso whose other students included Dave Brubeck and Nat King Cole.
After the war, Bud was involved in a number of business ventures including the family business Miller Fruit Company, a cattle ranch, and a music store.
He found his way into radio and television advertising before working briefly for the Port of Sacramento, and eventually settling into real estate development in Gualala, California.
He moved to Weed in the early 1990s where for a time, he was working toward creating an arts center for budding musicians.
Bud is survived by his only sister, Evelyn Cunha; son, Kirk Miller; daughters, Cindy Alexander, Catherine Michels, Julie Strange, Carrie Stone, Suzanna Miller; grandchildren, Gavin Miller, Casey Strange, Jamie Huber, Jenny Field, Cal Seyler and Matilda Seyler; and great-grandchildren, Chase, Carter, Abby and Haylee.
A memorial service for Bud will be held Friday, July 27 at 3 p.m. at Mount Shasta Memorial Chapel.
Condolences are welcome at www.mtshastachapel.com.
Arrangements are in the care of Mt. Shasta Memorial Chapel.