PRICE-Our beloved husband, dad, grandpa, brother and dear friend, R. Jeff Miller, otherwise known by many as Mr. Pig Face Jones, kicked off Saturday morning, Sept. 3, 2011 in Price.
He was born April 17, 1946 in Price, Utah to Miles Merill and Tillie Belle Jeffs Miller. Jeff lived a full 65 years in which he touched the lives of many with his selfless nature, wry sense of humor, incredible intelligence and last but not least his epic mustache.
In 1966, he graduated from CEU with an associates degree. He then moved to Logan where he graduated from Utah State University with a masters degree in Speech Pathology/Audiology and a bachelor's in Child Psychology. His career began with the Carbon County School District where he retired after 30 years. He also practiced private therapy and later worked for Castleview Hospital until his retirement in Aug. 2011.
Jeff married Nannette Marshall, March 18, 1967 in Price, Utah where they raised their three daughters and lived happily married for nearly 45 years.
He was an active member of the Price Elk's Lodge where he received all state esquire, served as secretary for nearly 20 years, involved in the Boxing Club and displayed his legendary wit as a bartender. Jeff enjoyed sports, he played baseball from little league through college, where he was a relief pitcher. He was part of the community theatre at CEU where he both acted and assisted in the production of numerous plays.
Jeff's passion first and foremost was his family, and along the way he enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, music, reading and making people laugh. He was a master of practical jokes both at work and with his social life. His generosity and selfless spirit touched everybody who came in contact with him as he inexorably put himself second to everyone. He had a gift for writing which included his poetry being published in a handful of books, countless talks, and numerous tributes he wrote and presented in honor of many.
Jeff will be eternally missed by his soul mate, friend and loving bride, Nannette; his three daughters and their families, Andria Collins and Lloyd Wilson, Dawn McGinnis, Michael and Jesus Pavia; grandchildren, Christian Hamilton, Chelsea and Brandon Collins, Anastacia McGinnis, Kaden Wilson, Emily and Amanda Pavia, Tayson, Christian and Makenzie Wilson, Cirie Noyes, Brianna and Sammy McGinnis V.; sisters, Merle Blair and Shanna and Buck Thomas; along with several cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws, Christian and Gloria Marshall; best friend and brother-in-law, Jack Blair; cousin Jay Jeffs; his dogs, Peaches and Tooter; and his grandparents and several close friends.
A celebration of Jeff's life, was held Saturday, September 10, 2011, 11 a.m., Mitchell Funeral Home. Friends were welcome to visit with the family Saturday one hour prior to services.
Jeff's final wishes were to be cremated and his ashes scattered over Huntington Canyon, the family farm in Emery County or used as seasoning.