Obituary: Dale Arnold Miller (Aug. 3, 1921 – April 25, 2013)

By Submitted May 20, 2013 04:22 pm

Dale Arnold Miller
Dale Arnold Miller
Dale Arnold Miller was born in Towner, N.D., to Oscar and Garnett Edwards-Miller. Dale’s family moved to California when he was a young child and settled in Danville and Walnut Creek, where he milked cows every morning before school.

The sea and its bounty called Dale early in his adult life, and he fished the waters off San Francisco and chased tuna in Mexico but mostly loved the waters and beautiful redwoods in Crescent City. Dale moved his family in 1957 to Crescent City, where he lived out his life.

Dale always said he had two birth dates, when he was born in 1921 and when he was born again at the Foursquare Church in 1959. He remained an active member of the church until his passing.  One of the highlights in Dale’s life was bringing his boat, the Arney P, through the Panama Canal in 1969, rescuing another boat and crew during a hurricane. The other pride of his fishing career was building the boat  Maranatha.

Dale loved to garden and see sprouts poke their heads up towards the sun. In his quiet way he took care of the Foursquare Church grounds with his wife, Florence, until he was unable. There are many stories that could be told about the life and deeds that Dale has accomplished, however, he was a shy man who was embarrassed by attention and requested that no public services be held in his passing.

Dale was preceded in death by parents, his wife of 60 years, Rita Miller; son Larry Miller; brothers Robert and Blaine Miller.

He is survived by his wife, Florence Whisler Parsons-Miller, and daughters, Judy Miller Glenn and Jennifer Miller Owen. Dale loved and is survived by his grandchildren: Jennifer Rycraft, John W. Rycraft and wife Patricia, Rebecca Bohannon and husband Troy, Hannah Everett, Charity Everett, Bethany Everett and Eden Passante and husband Zan.

Great-grandchildren include Justin Rycraft, Jenna Maze andhusband Seth, Cierra Oscar, Emilee Millhouse, Dustin Bohannon, Layne Bohannon, Romero Passante, Roman Lopez, Owen Bales, Morgan Bales, Austin Everett, Dylan Calfee, Summer Lafave, Page Lafave, Alexandra Rycraft, Jacqueline Rycraft, Karen Velazquez, Karla Morales, Stephany Velazquez, Irving Velazquez.

Great-great-grandchildren include Summer Rycraft, Uriah Rycraft, Alexander Cole Jr., Amzaiah Cole, Sawyer Maze, Alexander Hernandez, Sophia Morales.

Dale also shared the love of his wife Florence’s sons, John Parsons, Max Parsons, Steve Parsons and wife Allison, and Florence’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Adam, Sam and Johnathan, Kyle, Jonah, Angelique, Lindsay, Nicholas, Jada, Jesse, Caleb.

If you have a special memory of Dale, please say a prayer for your loved ones and maybe tip your hat as you drive by the ocean.

Please sign the family’s online guestbook at

Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.