Richard Charles Miller passed away peacefully at home Feb. 15, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He was 68.
He led an outstanding life as son, father, brother, uncle and friend. Richard was born July 10, 1945, in San Francisco, where he later studied horticulture at the University of San Francisco. He loved the West and lived in many beautiful places throughout his life: Lake Tahoe, Calif.; San Juan Ridge, Calif.; Hamilton, Mont.; Florence, Ore., and in Stanley, Idaho. Richard loved the Sierras and truly enjoyed skiing, backpacking, camping and campfires with family and friends. When not walking in the mountains, he could be found riding or skiing the many trails and paths through the forest. He had an extensive knowledge of native and cultivated plants, and it was a treat to accompany him on hikes as he talked about the flora and fauna around him. He had a deep love and respect for nature and all its creatures. Richard also enjoyed connecting with people, so much that he dedicated most of his life to helping others, especially through the places he worked, such as Salmonberry Naturals (in Florence) and New Moon Natural Foods (in Tahoe City, Calif.), where he will be remembered for his ability to inspire and encourage others to live a happy and healthy life.
He is survived by his daughter, Maya Silene Cutler; brother Randy Miller; niece Jill Miller; nephew Elijah Miller; great-nephew Jasper Miller and niece Tammy Miller.