Howard Miller, 85, of Escalante, Utah, passed away in Panguitch, Utah. He was born on January 18, 1935 to George and Elizabeth Miller in Bayard, Nebraska. He is the oldest of 5. He was raised on a farm near Bayard, Nebraska.
After leaving home, he was drafted into the Army and was a helicopter and airplane mechanic. He loved flying and was a licensed pilot and at one time owned his own plane. His career was in the oilfield. He held many positions and was highly respected for his knowledge and work ethic. He married Loretta Jane Harimon and had Ricky and Candace. They later divorced. He later married Sandra Mae Leibenguth and eventually moved to Escalante.
Howard was an active member of the community while living in Escalante. He and Sandra owned and ran "H & S Services" for a time. There, he worked tirelessly as a mechanic and operating "Brutus" the tow truck. He was the mayor for years, a member of Sons of Utah Pioneers, Escalante Lions Club, Garfield County Search and Rescue to mention a few.
After retiring he loved tilling gardens around town and raising a garden of his own. He looked forward to watching the Jazz play.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra; daughter, Candace (Adu) Asante, Anchorage, AK; step-daughters: Paula (Greg) Shakespear and Lisa Ann Nez, both of Escalante; 8 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Bob (Charlie) Miller, Cortez, CO; and sister, Kathy (Tom) Mitchell, Crawford, NE.
He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Ricky; sister, Sharon; and brother Dick.
Cremation services have been performed and a celebration of life in honor of Howard will be held, Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Pavilion in Escalante. Family requests attendees follow all current COVID-19 regulations. LIVE STREAMING of the services can be found at www.maglebymortuary.com under Howard's obituary. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com
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