The Obit For Jack Miller

Jack J. Miller
June 9, 1920 ~ November 21, 2010

Published in The Monterey Herald on November 25, 2010

PEBBLE BEACH - Jack J. "Gagoo" "Jigger" Miller, a retired building contractor and real estate broker, passed away peacefully at his home in Pebble Beach, California on Sunday, November 21, 2010.

Born on June 9, 1920 in Portland, Oregon to Glenn E. and Margaret R. Miller, Jack and his mother and father moved to Southern California where he spent his early years in Hollywood.

After graduating from Hollywood High School and Kiski Prep School in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, he attended Duke University, University of Redlands, and, after graduating from Stanford, he continued his graduate studies at UCLA.

After serving briefly in the Navy V-12 Program, Jack returned to Southern California and entered the fields of education and athletics. He was a high school coach, athletic director, recreation director, and an instructor in physical education.

In 1944, he was signed by Branch Rickey, Jr. and the Brooklyn Dodgers to a professional baseball contract and spent multiple years as a player and coach in Minor League Baseball. At the end of his baseball-playing career, Jack became a part-time scout for various Major League Baseball organizations. He also spent a year as a player, coach, and managing-owner of a Minor League Basketball organization.

In 1947, the Miller family moved to Carmel where Jack entered the real estate and contracting business. He founded his company, San Carlos Agency, Inc. with his wife, Ione, in 1954.

He was an active member of the community for over 60 years, while serving on various directorships and committees on the Peninsula as well as the Grand Jury. In addition to being actively involved in supporting YMCA youth sports, cub scouts, and various soccer camps,

Jack was one of the founders of Carmel Little League, which is now Carmel Youth Baseball. It wasn't until the year 2000, at the age of 80, when Jack finally put the tools down and entered retirement.

His family would like his admirers to know that he is the first person to hit a round of "pepper" at 90 years old and not miss one pitch.

Jack is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ione Miller; sons, Jay (Christine) Miller and Raymond (Susy) Miller, Sr.; daughter, Tina Britton; three grandsons, Raymond (Blenda) Miller, Jr., Jonathan Miller and Jack Britton; and cousin, Michael Goldie. He was preceded in death by one of his best friends, his chocolate Labrador, Fudgie. At Jack's request, services will be private and burial will take place at a later date in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania.

The Miller-Britton family would like to thank Dr. Hudgens, Dr. Halimendaris, Dr. Parker, Dr. Klein, Dr. Hambley and VNA Hospice Nurse Jody McFarland, as well as caregivers, Lute and Amelia, for their excellent care and devotion throughout the final years, months, and days of Jack Miller's life.

In lieu of flowers, it is Jack's request that any donations be sent to The Kiski School at 1888 Brett Lane, Saltsburg, PA 15681-8951, the Hospice Foundation of Monterey County, PO Box 1798, Monterey, 93942 or to a local charity of choice.

Please visit www.thepaulmortuary.com to sign Jack's guest book and leave messages for his family.