Donald G. Miller



Preferred Name: 
Don

Nickname/Call Sign:

Date of Birth:  June 17, 1938 (January 18, 2019)

Highest Military Grade Held: Colonel

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

Biography

Don Miller loved airplanes and began flying at age 16 in a Piper J-3 Cub. At 17 he earned his private pilot’s license. After high school, Don attended Michigan State University on an Air Force ROTC scholarship and was commissioned as an Air Force officer in 1961. His initial training was as a pilot of the F-102 Delta Dagger. He later transitioned to the F-100 Super Sabre.

Miller served in Vietnam, where he flew combat missions during the Vietnam War with the 509th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron out of Da Nang and Tan Son Nhut Air Bases. (Don Miller was the last person to fly the F-100 number 56-3440, which now hangs in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.)

After his service in Vietnam, he joined with the Michigan Air National Guard, finishing his military career at the rank of colonel. Prior to his military retirement, he served as commander of Selfridge Air National Guard Base and director of operations for the 127th Tactical Fighter Wing. While serving as base commander, he married Candice Miller. They were married for 35 years.

Miller received his law degree from the University of Detroit in 1982 and served for seven years as a magistrate on the state Worker’s Compensation Appellate Commission. In 1988 became a circuit court judge until his retirement in 2010.

“Don was well-respected for his judicial temperament and leadership qualities. He spent his entire adult life serving the citizens of this country in one capacity or another,” said Macomb Circuit Court Chief Judge James Biernat Jr., who was appointed to Miller’s seat when Miller retired. (1)

His love of planes never dwindled and he continued to fly, building and piloting his own aircraft. Judge Miller and his home-built RV-8 were well known at his local airport.

(1) https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/macomb/2019/01/18/judge-donald-miller-dies-candice-miller/2613218002/

Units Assigned

  • 1961 Commissioned USAF
  • 1968 509th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, Da Nang AB/Tan Son Nhut AB, Vietnam (F-100)
  • 1970-1988 127th Tactical Fighter Wing, MI ANG, commander/director of operations, Selfridge ANG Base 1988
  • Retired USAF

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

J-3 Piper Cub
F-102 Delta Dagger
F-100
RV-8

Military Education

  • ROTC

Civilian Education

  • Michigan State University (ROTC)

Judge Donald G. Miller (Colonel, USAF Retired) “Headed West” January 18, 2019

Donald G. Miller, a former Macomb County judge and the husband of Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller, died Friday, according to a statement issued by county officials. He was 80.

Miller, a Harrison Township resident, served as a circuit court judge from 1998 until he retired in 2010. He became a judge after serving as a magistrate for the state’s Worker’s Compensation Appellate Commission for seven years.

Born June 17, 1938, in Grand Rapids, Miller had a passion for aviation. He started flying aircraft at the age of 16 and earned his pilot’s license by the age of 17.

He attended Michigan State University on an Air Force ROTC scholarship and became a commissioned Air Force officer in 1961. Miller served in Vietnam, flying combat missions from Da Nang and Tan Son Nhut air bases.

After he was discharged, Miller continued flying with the Michigan Air National Guard. He retired from the military in 1988 with the rank of colonel after serving as commander of the Selfridge Air National Guard Base and as director of operations for the base’s 127th Tactical Fighter Wing.

During his time as Selfridge’s commander, Miller married his wife of 35 years, who also served in the U.S. House.

Chief Macomb County Circuit Court Judge James Biernat had kind words to say about Miller. Biernat was appointed to the judge’s seat on the county court’s bench when he retired.

“Don was well-respected for his judicial temperament and leadership qualities,” Biernat said in as statement Friday. “He spent his entire adult life serving the citizens of this country in one capacity or another. He was a mentor to many young attorneys including myself, and his death is a real loss to the community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Candice and their family.”

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel also issued a statement about Miller’s passing.

“My condolences go out to former Congresswoman and Secretary of State Candice Miller and the family, friends and colleagues of Judge Donald Miller,” she said in a statement. “Judge Miller will be remembered by his colleagues and servicemen as a man dedicated to service of his country and the people of Michigan.”

Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser also echoed her sentiments.

“Judge Miller was an amazing public servant,” Weiser said in a statement. “From his military service to his time on the bench, Judge Miller put his country first and his leadership and commitment to public service will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Congresswoman Miller and the Miller family.”

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be sent to the Selfridge Military Air Museum, 27333 C Street, Bldg 1011, Selfridge ANGB, Michigan, 48045; or the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154, 18025 E. 15 Mile, Clinton Township, Michigan, 48035.

cramirez@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @CharlesERamirez

(Source: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/macomb-county/2019/01/18/ex-macomb-circuit-court-judge-donald-g-miller-obit/2613282002/)

Biography

Biography

Don Miller loved airplanes and began flying at age 16 in a Piper J-3 Cub. At 17 he earned his private pilot’s license. After high school, Don attended Michigan State University on an Air Force ROTC scholarship and was commissioned as an Air Force officer in 1961. His initial training was as a pilot of the F-102 Delta Dagger. He later transitioned to the F-100 Super Sabre.

Miller served in Vietnam, where he flew combat missions during the Vietnam War with the 509th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron out of Da Nang and Tan Son Nhut Air Bases. (Don Miller was the last person to fly the F-100 number 56-3440, which now hangs in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.)

After his service in Vietnam, he joined with the Michigan Air National Guard, finishing his military career at the rank of colonel. Prior to his military retirement, he served as commander of Selfridge Air National Guard Base and director of operations for the 127th Tactical Fighter Wing. While serving as base commander, he married Candice Miller. They were married for 35 years.

Miller received his law degree from the University of Detroit in 1982 and served for seven years as a magistrate on the state Worker’s Compensation Appellate Commission. In 1988 became a circuit court judge until his retirement in 2010.

“Don was well-respected for his judicial temperament and leadership qualities. He spent his entire adult life serving the citizens of this country in one capacity or another,” said Macomb Circuit Court Chief Judge James Biernat Jr., who was appointed to Miller’s seat when Miller retired. (1)

His love of planes never dwindled and he continued to fly, building and piloting his own aircraft. Judge Miller and his home-built RV-8 were well known at his local airport.

(1) https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/macomb/2019/01/18/judge-donald-miller-dies-candice-miller/2613218002/

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 1961 Commissioned USAF
  • 1968 509th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, Da Nang AB/Tan Son Nhut AB, Vietnam (F-100)
  • 1970-1988 127th Tactical Fighter Wing, MI ANG, commander/director of operations, Selfridge ANG Base 1988
  • Retired USAF

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

J-3 Piper Cub
F-102 Delta Dagger
F-100
RV-8

Military Education

  • ROTC

Civilian Education

  • Michigan State University (ROTC)
Photos
Headed West

Judge Donald G. Miller (Colonel, USAF Retired) “Headed West” January 18, 2019

Donald G. Miller, a former Macomb County judge and the husband of Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller, died Friday, according to a statement issued by county officials. He was 80.

Miller, a Harrison Township resident, served as a circuit court judge from 1998 until he retired in 2010. He became a judge after serving as a magistrate for the state’s Worker’s Compensation Appellate Commission for seven years.

Born June 17, 1938, in Grand Rapids, Miller had a passion for aviation. He started flying aircraft at the age of 16 and earned his pilot’s license by the age of 17.

He attended Michigan State University on an Air Force ROTC scholarship and became a commissioned Air Force officer in 1961. Miller served in Vietnam, flying combat missions from Da Nang and Tan Son Nhut air bases.

After he was discharged, Miller continued flying with the Michigan Air National Guard. He retired from the military in 1988 with the rank of colonel after serving as commander of the Selfridge Air National Guard Base and as director of operations for the base’s 127th Tactical Fighter Wing.

During his time as Selfridge’s commander, Miller married his wife of 35 years, who also served in the U.S. House.

Chief Macomb County Circuit Court Judge James Biernat had kind words to say about Miller. Biernat was appointed to the judge’s seat on the county court’s bench when he retired.

“Don was well-respected for his judicial temperament and leadership qualities,” Biernat said in as statement Friday. “He spent his entire adult life serving the citizens of this country in one capacity or another. He was a mentor to many young attorneys including myself, and his death is a real loss to the community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Candice and their family.”

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel also issued a statement about Miller’s passing.

“My condolences go out to former Congresswoman and Secretary of State Candice Miller and the family, friends and colleagues of Judge Donald Miller,” she said in a statement. “Judge Miller will be remembered by his colleagues and servicemen as a man dedicated to service of his country and the people of Michigan.”

Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser also echoed her sentiments.

“Judge Miller was an amazing public servant,” Weiser said in a statement. “From his military service to his time on the bench, Judge Miller put his country first and his leadership and commitment to public service will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Congresswoman Miller and the Miller family.”

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be sent to the Selfridge Military Air Museum, 27333 C Street, Bldg 1011, Selfridge ANGB, Michigan, 48045; or the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154, 18025 E. 15 Mile, Clinton Township, Michigan, 48035.

cramirez@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @CharlesERamirez

(Source: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/macomb-county/2019/01/18/ex-macomb-circuit-court-judge-donald-g-miller-obit/2613282002/)

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