I was saddened when I read about Mike Miller’s passing from his son’s letter to the Open Forum on Aug. 18 (“Love and differences,” The Daily Astorian). I got to know Mike Sr. during the 10 years I worked with the nonunion apprenticeship training committee through Clatsop Community College and the state of Oregon. Mike and I had spent hours fighting for the rights of small mom and pop trade shops at state meetings.
Mike was a major force in orchestrating the training of both plumbers and electricians in Clatsop and Tillamook counties. He put countless hours, at a fraction of what he received an hour working, teaching apprenticeship classes where he was tough but fair. For many years there was a 100 percent pass rate on the state test to become a licensed plumber because of Mike.
He also personally hired and did on-the-job training for apprentices, and often gave them jobs when they became journeymen. Literally hundreds of people got high paying jobs in the trades thanks to Mike’s advocacy.
I saw Mike as fair, just and caring about people, regardless of who they were. He loved his family no matter what. I feel lucky to have known him, and send my sincere condolences to his family and extended family.