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Doran J. Miller, 92, lifetime Minot area farmer died on Saturday, July 31, 2021 in a Salt Lake City, Utah assisted living center.

Doran was born on May 31, 1929 the sixth child of George and Minnie (Strom) Miller, on his parents’ homestead in McKinley Township of Ward County, near Minot, ND. He graduated from Minot High School in 1947. In 1948, after the death of his father, Doran stepped in and began operating the family farm.  

Doran married Constance Ellen Brooks on December 24, 1956 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They made their home on the Miller family farm where they raised small grains and parented five children: Faye, Kim, Sue, David and Janet. Doran and Connie began spending the winter months in Mesa, Arizona in 1987. After nearly 53 years of marriage, Connie died on June 10, 2009 in Arizona. Most recently, Doran has resided in assisted living facilities.

A very active member of his community, Doran was McKinley Township Supervisor in the 1960’s and 1970’s, served on the Board of Directors as Secretary-Treasurer of the Farmer’s Union Elevator, was a charter member on the Board of Directors as Secretary-Treasurer for the North Prairie Rural Water Users Association, and was a member of the Boards of Directors of the North Dakota and National Rural Water Associations. Additionally, he was a member of the Town and Country Credit Union Board of Directors and the North Dakota Barley Council. Doran was a member of the Love of Christ Lutheran Church in Mesa and a longtime member of First Lutheran Church in Minot where he served on the FLC Council as Treasurer.  Also, he was a member of the Golden K Kiwanis Club, Elk’s Lodge, Moose Lodge and Eagles Aerie.  Doran especially enjoyed traveling and he and Connie traveled extensively throughout the world.  Also, he enjoyed golfing and entertaining friends at both residences.

Some of the awards Doran received include: Ward County Conservation Achievement Award (1989), Waterline Award from the ND Rural Water Systems Association (1983), Outstanding Agriculturist of the Year Award for Ward County from NDSU (1986), Certificate of Recognition for Agriculturist of the Year from the Minot Chamber of Commerce (1987), and recognized with the Ward County Centennial 75 Year Homesteaders Award (1986).

Doran is survived by his children:  Faye Miller, Kim (Brad) Fisher and Janet (Chad) Parton; son-in-law:  Blaire Olafson; grandchildren:  Chase (Teddi) Olafson, Clinton (Kaylee) Olafson, Sarah (Adam) Novak, Tucker Fisher, Brooks Fisher, Hannah (Michael) Britton, Braxton Mitchell, Tristan Mitchell, Isabel Parton, Elizabeth Parton, and Mark Parton; great-grandchildren:  Iver Olafson, Harris Olafson, Everett Novak, Lawrence Novak as well as several nieces and nephews.

Doran was preceded in death by his parents, wife, children: Sue Olafson and David Miller; siblings: Viola Mickelson, Oline Olson, Genevieve Dempsey, Nathan Miller and Harlan Miller.

Celebration of the Life of Doran Miller:  Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. in First Lutheran Church Minot.  Lunch will be provided by the First Lutheran Church women following the service.

Interment will be in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery – rural Minot after the lunch.

Visitation:  Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Thomas Family Funeral Home in Minot.

Memorials are preferred to First Lutheran Church or the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery.


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