William Gordon Miller

January 6, 1953July 28, 2018

Twin Falls, Bill Miller, 65, passed away at home July 28, from complications of colon cancer.

Bill was born in Twin Falls on January 6, 1953, to Fred W. and Willa M. Miller. Bill grew up and received all his schooling in Twin Falls. He was always active in football, baseball, and snow skiing, but as a child he found a love for pole vaulting, practicing in the back yard of his home with standards made of 2”x 2” lumber, and nails to hold the crossbar made of the safety metal bar of the family bunk beds. He practiced for years, eventually, in high school, becoming the Idaho State Champion, and the U. S. Pole Vaulting champion. In 1971 he broke the World Record in the pole vault for his age group. His efforts won him scholarship offers from several universities, and after graduating from Twin Falls High School in 1971 he attended Idaho State University on an athletic scholarship.

After college he worked for a car dealership in Twin, and as a road engineer for a hay hauling company for a short time, then went to work for Donnelly Sporting Goods in Twin Falls where, after 40 years of employment, he retired in 2016.

Bill loved Idaho. He spent countless hours exploring the state, hiking, especially in the Wilderness Areas; camping; and fishing. He was the go-to-guy for any questions of geographic names or locations of mountains, ranges and watersheds. He also loved just to drive around the state sightseeing and learning of her beauties.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his sister Jan (David) Lee of Mesquite, NV, and Seaside, OR; nephew Jon Lee; niece JoDee Lee Ellis; three great nieces and nephews. He is also survived by life-long friend Kurt Kleinkoph. For many years Bill also enjoyed the close friendships of Cindy Broome, Charlie Noble, Dan Montgomery, and cousins Gary Jones, and Brad “Captain Harry” Lewis. The family wishes to thank all of his friends and cousins for the aid and support given during his illness.

In lieu of a funeral service, Bill requested that friends remember him with a toast, and we ask that at 5:00 P.M. on Saturday, August 4th, his many friends, colleagues, and relatives, wherever they are, raise a glass to his memory.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Cancer Society in Bill’s name . His cremation has been handled by Reynolds Funeral Chapel in Twin Falls.


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Darrell Mullinix

August 4, 2018

Bill was two years behind me at Twin Falls High School. I had "heard" of Bill back then but never "knew" him. Like anyone who followed sports, especially in Twin Falls, Bill Miller had a reputation for being a great pole vaulter. When he worked for Donnelley Sporting Goods I got to know Bill quite well. Through the years I frequented the store numerous times to purchase many and varied sports equipment and supplies. Bill was always there to answer questions and provide help with anything pertaining to sports. When working down in Antarctica I needed a pair of running shoes (yes, I actually had a running routine when employed there) and Bill was able to help. He shipped a pair of shoes down to me and had enclosed a note saying in affect, "this is a first ". Bill was always kind and respectful to me and he always was friendly to those who knew him. He was just a great guy. I am so sorry for your loss!

Jerry & Donna Kleinkopf

August 3, 2018

Bill was part of our family from Jr. High School on until his death. We included him on our camping trip to Canada in 1969. Bill and Kurt had a great time chasing bears (and girls). On our camping trips we would always learn something new about the stars from Bill. Besides watch him pole vault in High School we watched him play "Slow Pitch" during the summer months. Lots of laughs there.

We will always remember Bill and cherish his friendship as part of our family

Randy Suter

August 1, 2018

I was very fortunate to have seen Bill perform at the peak of his vaulting career, and, he was spectacular!! Such a treasure to witness the greatest!

Randy Suter

Doug Bland

August 1, 2018

Bill was such a GQ handsome guy, one of those males that the girls wanted to be with and the guys wanted to be like. That was true way back at Harrison Elementary School. I remember the big talk around "Picnic Day" in third grade: Bill Miller kissed Lillian C. inside the WWII tank, next to the refreshment stand, at Harmon Park! Many of us were jealous/envious. Bill will be missed by many friends and family.

Paul Dougherty

August 1, 2018

The last time I saw Bill was at our 30th Class Reunion. It was great to catch up and he looked so much the same except the hair had some gray as did mine. I am truly saddened to learn of his passing and ask for God to bless his family and friends and bring peace to us all.

Robert Warner

August 1, 2018

Bill was always a good friend! In learning of his passing brings back a flood of memories. I am saddened for his loss, but grateful to have known him. We played Knothole baseball together from the 2nd grade on. From Junior High we were classmates involved with sports. Bill excelled especially in track, he being one of a few to be brought up to the high school varsity track team as a freshman. With his help TFHS won the State Track Meet in 1970 and 71. Though those many years have passed, the memories of those times with Bill and all of our class of 71 remain with me. I am a better person having known Bill and wish him peace in his continuing journey. God be with you!!

Lynn McIntyre

July 31, 2018

Bill Miller was so very handsome in high school....oh my so very handsome! I wanted to go out with him soooooo bad but that never hapoened.... Then one day after high school I was home on summer break from college and BILL MILLER asked me out. We had so much fun, we were went to a park and sat on the swings and then, to my demise, we went to the merry go round ...... I sat while Bill turned and turned and turned the merry go round and I went from a dainty little princess (I thought) to a sick idiot. ..... I was mortified! That's how my date with the Prince went!

Steven Martin

July 31, 2018

It was always a pleasure and fun to give Bill a bad time out on the football field and he would always laugh and join in. He was a good friend and classmate. I remember the Sadie Hawkins dance one year and how all of us gathered together as friends. Bill will be remembered in life long memories and good times. He will be missed on my behalf and my condolences to his family. Never there is a moment in our lives that someone makes foot steps in our path to cross again and again. Bill has been those foot steps and remembered well.

Thank you for the memories Bill......

Steven Martin Class of 71