2016-08-18 / Obituaries

David Miller

David “Larry” Miller passed away at home on

Sunday, July 31, 2016 at the age of 81.

Larry was born in Pacific Grove, Calif., the second son of Fred and Audrey Miller. Larry’s parents moved to Mariposa the day he turned five. Except for a short period of time he lived in the state of Washington, Larry’s childhood was spent in and around the town of Mariposa and he was endeared by many of its residents.

In high school, Larry lived in Yosemite and worked for Curry Company at Badger Pass and as a packer. During the Korean War, Larry joined the Navy “Sea Bees,” serving mostly in Alaska building airports and stations for the Cold War effort. While in the Sea Bees, he learned his vocation as an operating engineer, and he retired from Operating Engineers Local 3 in 1995.

Larry had many talents and interests that included stock car racing, flying his airplane, team roping and working for ranchers both locally and in northern California. He was a straight-forward, hardworking, generous man who was always there to help people in need.

Larry was preceded in death by his father, Fred, mother, Audrey, brother Jack, niece Lynn Shulte, and wife Esther.

He is survived by his step-children Lonnie (Donna) Wass, Greg (Pearl) Wass, and Shelly Claspill, and a niece Gay Jura; eleven step-grandchildren, Charlotte (Ryan) DeWitt, Nathan (Sabrina) Wass, Holly (Raymond) Shull, Cody Wass, Laney Wass, Casey (Brooke) Wass, Hannah ( Justin) Hultman, Isaac Claspill, Benjamin Claspill, Nicholas Claspill; and five step-greatgrandchildren Lucas DeWitt, Kinsley Shull, Jessa Shull, Brody Hultman and Jackson Hultman. He is also survived by his love and companion of the last chapter in his full and wonderful life, Gwen Nitta, who was by his side at his death.

Larry was a wonderful, encouraging, thoughtful man to his step-children and grandchildren and to all he encountered. He is missed dearly.

Services are planned for 10:30 a.m., Sept. 10 at the Bumguardner Ranch (4375 Highway 140). In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family suggests donations in his memory to Friends of the Fairgrounds.

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