Thomas “Jay” Miller, 47 years young, was suddenly taken from his family and friends Oct. 30, 2016.
Jay was born in Falmouth, Maine, on Jan. 25, 1969, to Charlie and Brenda Miller. He spent most of his growing up in New Jersey and graduated from Pinelands Regional High School in 1987. In 1991, Jay joined the U.S. Army and served for six years as a firefighter with the 95th Engineer Detachment, deploying to Florida for Hurricane Andrew Relief, Somalia for Operation Restore Hope and Haiti for Operation Uphold Democracy. While stationed at Fort Drum, New York, he met the love of his life, Danielle (Mahle) Miller (Shmoopy). After a short two weeks, Jay asked Danielle to marry him, and they were married June 20, 1992. Together they lived in many places, including New York, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee, and finally settled in Alaska in 2004 where Jay worked as a firefighter for the Fort Greely Fire Department.
Jay lived to entertain people and make them smile. He carried with him a head full of random facts and was always happy to offer those facts to others and debate them. He had a passion for cooking. He got more satisfaction out of knowing others enjoyed those foods then he did eating them himself. If there were any kind of function, you could find Jay in the kitchen, cooking up a storm. He was always there to help whenever and with whatever needed to be done. Jay was the life of the party, making everybody laugh, even if it was about themselves. Jay was a true friend to anyone who was in need, he’d give you the shirt off his back. He was always known for wearing his pajama pants no matter where he went; he loved the comfortable life. Jay took great pride in whatever he was doing, whether it was his military service or his 19 years in the fire service.
As Jay goes on to be with friends and family who have passed before him, he leaves behind his wife of 24 years, Danielle; his parents, Charlie and Brenda Miller; brother Bobby Miller and his wife, Arlene; brother Michael Miller and his wife, Erika; brother Chuck and his wife, Bethany; nieces, nephew and great-nephews.
Jay will be greatly missed by all those fortunate enough to have crossed paths with him.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at the First Baptist Church of Delta Junction. A celebration of life will be afterward at the Clearwater Lodge.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Fort Greely Fire Association.