Ron MacMillen |

Ron MacMillen

The whistling that was heard in the hallways of the Nevada City Courthouse for over 30 years belonged to Ron MacMillen.

He was born April 18, 1929, in Chicago, Ill., and passed away Aug. 25, 2014, in Auburn.

After graduating Southwest Law School, he went to work as a criminal lawyer in Orange County. He became the Nevada County Public Defender in 1972.

He was elected District Attorney of Nevada County in 1974. He became a criminal defense attorney again in 1979. He was a caring and passionate representative for his clients until he retired in 2006.

Mac loved art and hiking. He was a student of Irish history and an avid collector at the local thrift shops.

Mac is survived by his three children, Jan and Colin MacMillen of Nevada City and Moira Cheney of Hempstead, Texas. He and Helen had five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Ron’s brother, Kenneth, lives with his family in Newbury Park, Calif. Ron’s dog, Gizmo, misses him greatly as well.

His wife Helen predeceased him in 2005.

Mac had a big heart and gave much to many. He was greatly respected by his colleagues in the Bar and on the bench. He will be remembered fondly by his family and many friends.

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