Reid Clair Miller, 94, passed away from natural causes on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at his home in Yucaipa.
He was born Dec. 9, 1924, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to H. Lamont and Iris E. Golden Miller.
Reid served in WWII as a tail gunner in a B24 bomber in the Pacific theater where he had many close calls. He was shot down three times and received the Air Medal. He married Florence Evelyn Mecham during his training before he was shipped overseas.
After the war they moved to Provo, Utah, to attend BYU where he received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education. He taught school in Provo for three years before moving to Portland, Ore., where he taught fifth grade. While there he received a scholarship to Columbia University in Deaf Education. He taught the deaf in Portland until the University of Utah offered him a professorship to set up a program for teaching the deaf. Later, he coordinated the deaf education program for San Bernardino County and the Riverside School for the Deaf before retiring. He enjoyed sailing and gardening but his greatest joy was his church and his family. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Golden, Loane, Clyde, his wife Florence, his second wife Shirley and his grandson Shawn.
He is survived by his brother Revell, his sister Gae and his sons Gerald (Linda), Bruce (Dianne), Kim (Ann) and Kevin.
There was a Viewing on Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Weaver-Hughes Mortuary in Yucaipa. There will be a military service at Riverside Memorial Cemetery Friday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m. A memorial service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 12776 Sixth St., in Yucaipa, Sept. 13, at noon.