Maurice L. “Maury” Miller: 1918-2005
Former Moffat County resident Maurice LeRoy Miller passed away Feb. 26, 2005, at Logan Regional Hospital in Logan, Utah. He was 87.
Maury was born Jan. 8, 1918, in Rockford, Ill., to Fay and Florilla Miller. He grew up on the family farm near Rockton, Ill., before going west to work on his uncle’s ranch near Kremmling. It was there that he met Viola Marie Stonebrink, a local young lady who was working as a cook for the ranch.
Maury joined the Army in 1942 after the outbreak of World War II. After basic training, he came home on leave and married Viola on Aug. 6, 1942, in Steamboat Springs. Maury took his new bride to Temple, Texas, where he completed training as a medical corpsman. The couple then went to Cheyenne, Wyo., where they made their home, and Maury served until discharged in 1946.
They returned to Northwest Colorado, where they bought a ranch southwest of Steamboat. It was there that Maury and Viola started their family, having three sons. They sold the ranch in 1955 and moved to town, where Maury worked as an excavating contractor. Twenty years later, they moved north of Maybell, where they began a confined hog operation. They sold the hogs after Maury survived an aortic aneurysm. He eventually helped build the power plant south of Craig.
The family left Maybell and bought a small home in Craig, where Maury built a shop and performed a variety of handyman services. He also worked as a custodian for the local schools and a church. They remained in their Craig home until 2000, when declining health necessitated a move to Logan, Utah, to be near family.
Maury was converted and baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Aug. 3, 1957. He was actively involved in the church, using his talents and hard work to help it grow wherever he lived. Maury was sealed to his wife and children under the authority of the restored priesthood in the Logan Temple on June 14, 1963.
Maurice was preceded in death by his parents and his two sisters, Florence Miller and Hazel Greene.
He is survived by his wife, Viola; three sons, Gary and his wife, Candy, of Arlington, Wash., Gerry and his wife, Erin, of Farmington, N.M., and Gregg and his wife, Kathy, of Stockbridge, Mich.; his brother, Royce Miller of Clovis, N.M.; 17 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services were held March 12, 2005, at the North Logan Third Ward in Logan. Interment was at Logan City Cemetery.
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