Clarence A. Miller Jr., 82, of Bruneau, went home to be with the Lord, March 9, 2011, surrounded by his family.
A rosary will be held at 6 p.m., on Monday, March 14, at Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel. A funeral mass and celebration of his life will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 15, at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church with inurnment will follow at the Bruneau Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel in Mountain Home.
Clarence was born in Houston, Idaho, Sept. 19, 1929, the fourth child of Clarence A. and Delight Miller of Sunnyslope, Idaho. He grew up farming.
Clarence was larger than life in stature and personality. He attended the College of Idaho where he played football and was a boxing champion. College of Idaho is also where Clarence met the love of his life, Virginia, the sister of his college roommate, Joe Black. Clarence was smitten. The two were married in Bruneau on Sept. 16, 1950.
Clarence served in the Army was stationed in Arizona, Alaska and California. After his time in the military, he went to work at the Damon Ranch in Othello, Wash., and the Pearah Ranch at Othello.
He and Virginia then moved to Bruneau in 196, and Clarence became a partner in Black Brothers and Miller. The couple settled in Little Valley, raising horses, cattle and their family. Clarence worked on ranches in Nevada including the Winecup in Montello and Triple Creek Ranch in North Fork.
He and Virginia moved back to Mountain Home to take care of her parents and be closer to their family.
He spent countless afternoons travelling to rodeos, junior high and high school football and basketball games to watch his kids and grandkids compete.
He is survived by his children, Mike Miller of Bruneau, Lori and her husband, Jim Rountree, of Garden Valley, Paul and his wife, Jessie Miller, of Boise, and Lisa Miller of Bruneau, 15 grandchildren, and 29 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia, his parents, Clarence A. and Delight Miller, and his brother, Oliver, and sister, Francis.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the St. Bridget's Altar Society c/o Chris Black P.O. Box 282 Bruneau, ID 83604, and the Bruneau QRU, c/o Mary Tindall, P.O. Box 294, Bruneau, ID 83604.