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Obituary: Gordon J. Miller

Gordon J. Miller

1911 ~ 2007

Gordon J. Miller, 96, passed away Oct. 8, 2007, from natural causes. Gordon was born April 27, 1911, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of Charles Otto Miller and Elizabeth Briggs Miller. On August 6, 1936, he married Velma Davidson in the Salt Lake Temple. They are the parents of four children, 10 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Gordon attended schools in Salt Lake, but his most cherished boyhood experiences were the summers he worked with his grandparents and uncles on the Briggs ranch in Manila, Utah. Gordon earned a degree in accounting from the University of Utah and graduated with the highest scholastic average in the School of Business. Shortly after graduation, he accepted an offer to teach elementary and cost accounting at the University of Wyoming. It was during this time that he realized his love for teaching and decided to become a university professor. He received a teaching fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley, where he began his graduate studies.

Gordon was well on the way to completing his doctorate at the outbreak of World War II. In 1943 he joined the Navy and moved with his family to Chicago, serving as the Navy's procurement officer for the Midwest until the end of the war. He then returned to California and earned his CPA.

In 1947 Gordon accepted an offer to teach accounting at the University of Utah, which began a 31-year career at that institution. While at the "U," he served as head of the accounting department, and in 1961 he was appointed university Controller. In 1968 he returned to teaching until he retired in 1978. During his career he also served as president of the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants and president of the Utah Chapter of the National Accounting Association. He was one of the founding members of the University of Utah Credit Union. Gordon wrote the textbook for the elementary accounting course offered through the university's Department of Continuing Education, and he taught that course for 48 years.

Gordon loved his wife, children, and grandchildren and particularly enjoyed sharing the beauties of nature with them at his ranch in Alta, Wy, and then at his second home in Manila. He enjoyed getting to know people and always had a good story to share. In his later years his greatest concern was to care for his wife as her health declined.

Gordon is survived by his wife and children Stephen G. Miller (Karen), Marilyn M. Foster, and Richard C. Miller (Jenae). He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Edith Brinton, Marian Giffin, and Norma Dinius; son Norman J. Miller, son-in-law Robert D. Foster, and a great-grandson.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 13, at 10 a.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City. Viewings will be held at the mortuary on Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday one hour prior to the funeral.