Marvin Eugene Miller, born on April 8th, 1934 in Lincoln, Nebraska, passed away on March 7th, 2023 in Arroyo Grande, California. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Marvin is survived by his brother Melvin Miller (wife, Virginia Miller), children Marvin Eugene Miller Jr, Michelle Navarro (husband, Joe Navarro), Candance Rocha, and step children Julieanne Page (husband, John Page), and Jolene Henry (husband, Steve Henry); as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife Margaret Ann (Melby) Miller, his parents Carl Christopher Miller and Evelyn May Matteson, brother Carl Miller, sister Marjorie Callingwood, and son Michael Miller.
Marvin spent his childhood summers on a dairy farm, milking cows and delivering milk. In the 1950s, he served in the National Guard while starting his family of four children. Later, in 1968, he moved to California to open a scuba diving and archery business called Dive West and during that time founded the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Underwater Search and Recovery Team.
He met the love of his life, Margaret in 1974 and was always proud to say that 'she chased him until he caught her.' Together they navigated life after Margaret's car accident in 1975, which left her paralyzed. In 1977, they got married and raised her two daughters together. Their love and dedication to each other was an inspiration to many, paving the way for others to follow.
In the early 80's, Marvin made a career shift and started his own company called Bomar Security and Investigations, in Santa Maria, CA. He retired to spend time with his family on his ranch in Arroyo Grande, CA after selling the company five years ago.
Marvin had a passion for many action sports throughout his life including scuba diving, archery, trap shooting, fishing, golfing and cowboy action shooting where he was fondly known as 'Old Law Dawg' and won numerous awards for his excellent marksmanship and speed, even winning several state championships in numerous classes.
In his later years, Marvin came to know Jesus as his Lord and often talked about the difference God made in his life. He always looked for an opportunity to be a mentor, teacher, and friend. His warmth, intentionality, and generosity made him a father figure to many.
Marvin battled cancer for five years, with his greatest motivation being to live long enough to care for Margaret. She passed away on January 23, 2023, and he followed her just six weeks later. The family takes comfort in knowing that they are together in heaven, an endearing end to a beautiful and inspiring love story.
Marvin's Celebration of Life will be held on March 14 at 1:00pm at Harvest Church in Arroyo Grande, CA, and all are welcome to attend to pay their respects to a man who lived a life full of love, kindness, and generosity.
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