Date of Birth: March 08, 1940
Date of Death: June 27, 2021
Donald Gene “Terry” Miller, 81, passed away on June 27, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona, where he had lived and worked for much of his adult life. Terry grew up in upstate New York with a brother, a sister, and their parents, all of whom preceded him in death. He is survived by his beloved son Scott whom he called “Scooter”. After high school, Terry enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he served the country that he loved so much. The expression “Once a Marine, always a Marine” was never more true than it was for Terry. After working for awhile in the electronics industry, Terry joined the Peace Corps and put his knowledge to use in The Ivory Coast in West Africa. After his Peace Corps assignment was completed, he remained in Africa for a few years where he was employed by private sugar companies and volunteered to teach English at a local school. For many years Terry worked for Arizona Public Service and the U.S. Department of Energy, with the responsibility for maintaining and repairing electronic communication equipment which was often located at the top of remote desert mountains. While Scooter was in school Terry volunteered time with the Peoria High School Marching Band, and was always proud of his time with the “Panther Band Parent Mafia”. Terry was a gregarious guy who would generally be the life of any party he attended. He had a beautiful booming bass voice which was greatly admired in public singing situations, and he loved all kinds of music. An avid collector, he amassed untold quantities of calculators, personal computers, guns and movies, among other things. Terry’s friends knew him to be extremely curious, always wanting to know how things worked - especially electronic devices of any kind. He was truly an “electronics wizard” and could fix almost anything! And he was a great teacher and mentor, always willing and excited to share his knowledge. Fiercely patriotic, Terry flew the Stars and Stripes and the Marine Corps flags on the flagpole in his front yard. Above all, he was a loving and loyal friend, father, and neighbor. He will be sorely missed.
A memorial service for Terry will be held at a later date.