You’ve probably have seen or are at least familiar with Tom Miller. A man so true and authentic to himself that he will forever be remembered as ornery.
Born June 2, 1946 in Martinsville Louisiana to loving parents William and Mary Miller alongside his siblings, David and Carol, Tom passed away on April 29, 2020. Tom was a kind boy but his individual and resilient nature was apparent early on.
Tommy was quick witted with those around him, smart, energetic and incredibly spirited. After moving to Ajo, Az where he finished his high school career. In ’66, Tommy was drafted and served proudly for two years.
By 1968, after returning home Tommy worked hard and he traveled hard. Roaming to and fro across America Tom had many stories of his travels none so fondly remembered as his time spent in Alaska panning for gold. many other tales included his trips to Sturgis in North Dakota, Wyoming and parts of Mexico.
In 1972 Tommy married Susan Miller, with whom he loved and would remain friends until his death. Always putting himself 100% into his whatever he did, Tom displayed a great love for his work and is personal life.
By the mid 1970s Tom was ready to settle into a steady life, hearing that there were jobs available in the copper mines. Tom and a few friends moved into Kearny where he would live, love and build friendships that would last a lifetime.
In ’88 his granddaughter was born and his entire world changed. Even though he still lived to be true to himself, never compromising his own happiness.
Tom Miller and his longtime partner Marsha Feliz were able to re-open up the fondly remembered Tucker Tire. Jumping at the opportunity to be his own boss Tom quickly created a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. By utilizing his unique skills, he was able to help everyone in town and some of the most interesting people to ever roll through town.
Before long his infectious personality and skills were known throughout the region. With Tom able to fix just about any vehicle imaginable.
Throughout the last decade Tom continued to work “The Shop” working on cars and tinkering away on various projects.
Tom was a man always ready for an adventure with new and interesting characters, he never backed down from an excursion. Whether it be into the desert or upstate. Tom was a man who really knew how to enjoy the journey.
A hole has been left in my heart there is no replacing a man like Tom S. Miller.
He came, he saw, he was ornery, he made an impact on those around him. He had his moments, but most of all he had a kind heart.
Gone but not forgotten.