William P Miller

February 22, 1930October 27, 2016

Apache Junction, Arizona - William P. Miller (Bill), 86, died Thursday, Oct. 27th, 2016 at his home, Ironwood Assisted Living in Apache Junction. He leaves his son, Joakim Miller, as well as his 2 brothers, Jon and Albert, sister, Jane, nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends. Preceding his passing was his wonderful wife Thiang Long Miller and his brother Wendell and sister Ruth. Born and raised in Lawnside, New Jersey, the son of Walter and Sara Miller, lived in Indonesia, Malaysia, Washington D.C., Maryland and Arizona. In his early years, Bill Miller, graduate of Haddon Heights H.S. and while representing the USA and serving in the Marine Corp., Navy, won a silver medal, Javelin in the 1952 Olympics. Returning to Arizona State College (now University), he completed his BS and MA studies in Psychology and an additional year of MA studies at University of Pennsylvania in International Affairs. Bill’s accomplishments as an athlete, included holding world records in the Javelin and in the Decathlon for the Javelin and High Jump. He was also 3rd in the USA as a Decathlon athlete in 1952. Bill pursued his skills as an athlete by working for the U.S. State Department as the U.S. Liaison and Head Coach for the National Indonesian Track and Field Coach, then after, as the Head Coach of the National Malaysian Track and Field Coach. In 1967, Bill brought his family back to the U.S. and worked for the U.S. Office of Economic Security in Washington D.C. He later then transitioned into the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) in D.C. Continuing with the BIA, ended his work career in Arizona working with Native American desert crops, Jojoba and Guayule. Bill was published in the National Geographic for his work with these desert crops. One can find Jojoba in many shampoo’s and lotions today. Bill was passionate about many things; his love of family, his art and paintings that he created, his belief in natural medicines and herbs, his drive to coach and develop others in athletics and as better individuals and his love for being a Native American. Bill Miller will always be with us. A private burial service will be held Monday, Nov. 14th, 2016 at Mariposa Gardens in Mesa, Arizona.

Arrangements under the direction of Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park and Funeral Care, Mesa, AZ.


  • Graveside service

    Monday, November 14, 2016


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Jeff Gorski

November 21, 2016

Very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. We worked together at several events to help improve our sport in the US. He will be greatly missed.

Barbara and Albert Miller

November 14, 2016

So sorry we could not be there physically but Uncle Albert and I were there in spirit. You have our deepest sympathy as Uncle Albert looked upon Billy proudly. He too threw the javelin and ran the hurdles as Billy did. Please share the Native American poem you read at the interment. It was beautiful. RIP Billy.

Douglas Ansary

November 13, 2016

Joakim and family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your Father, Grandfather and a great man. I feel fortunate to have known him for the past 45 years and anyone who got to ever meet him knows how special he really was. He will always be in our thoughts as all if you are in my thoughts and prayers during this time...

Gayland Thorn

November 13, 2016

I am sorry for the loss of your father. Condolences from Mary and I, our thoughts are with you and Holly.