Douglas Nelson Miller

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Douglas Nelson Miller

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Doug Miller

Douglas Nelson Miller, 81, passed peacefully on May 10, 2020, at his home in Billings, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born on Jan. 10, 1939, in Missoula, to Lewis and Myrtle Miller, Doug and his two younger brothers, Roger and Don, were raised on the family ranch in the Upper Burnt Fork area of the Bitterroot Valley. Doug graduated from Stevensville High School and married his sweetheart, Evelyn Inez Poole, two months later in July 1957.

Doug started driving truck while still in high school, picking up a load of wood chips at the mill in the early morning before school and delivering the load in the afternoon on his way home to the ranch. His work ethic and integrity led to a long and successful career in the heavy-haul trucking industry. He founded Little Bear Distributors in 1961, and was a partner in Hughes Heavy Hauling, which was involved in the construction of Libby Dam. He went on to build Western Transport Crane and Rigging in Missoula, and later was a founding partner of Whitewood Transportation in Billings. Doug was involved in the transportation industry outside of his own companies, participating in the Montana Motor Carriers Association, and serving as President in 1980 to 1981. When he retired from operating Whitewood in 2005, he bought a 1995 Peterbilt and signed on as driver for his former company. Doug enjoyed the return to his roots, trucking until 2015.

Doug and Evelyn raised three sons, Brad, Greg and Ron, in Missoula, where Doug was a big supporter of youth and high school sports, especially baseball, supporting the athletic careers of his boys. Doug and Evelyn moved to Billings in 1984. Doug was active in the classic car and antique tractor communities in Billings. He was a member of the Elks Club and enjoyed volunteering with the Special K Ranch.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Don, of Missoula. He is survived by wife of 62 years, Evelyn; his brother Roger, of Tacoma, Washington; sons Brad of Billings, Greg of Bozeman, and Ron of Sacramento; and two grandsons, Jesse and Shea.

A burial service will be attended by immediate family, and a memorial service will be scheduled for this summer. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Special K Ranch, PO Box 479, Columbus MT 59019-0479 or your favorite charity.

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  1. Barbara Prewett

    Evelyn, I am so sorry to hear about Doug, he was a kind and wonderful person. My sympathy to you and your family. I am sure he and ‘Tom are enjoying each others stories again..

  2. Marilyn Campbell

    Dear Evelyn.. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. God Bless you.
    Sincerely, Marilyn & Gordon
    Campbell
    (Roaring 20’s Car Club)

  3. Kent Dreessen

    So sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Evelyn.

  4. Jack W Sullivan

    Evelyn, sorry to hear about Doug. Last time I saw him was at our 50th class reunion in Stevensville. God bless to you and your family.

  5. Gary L Rhodes

    Dear Evelyn, we were so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. He was kind and a wonderful friend. We enjoyed our times together. We will keep you and your family in prayer. May God bless you with peace and comfort during this difficult time. Love, Grace and Gary 🙏💔😪

  6. Marcey Foottit

    Dear Evelyn, Brad, Greg and Ron – I am so sad to read of Doug’s death. My heart goes out to all of you. Virtual hugs until I am able to visit. Love and prayers to all of you. Marcey

  7. Rose Sorensen

    Evelyn so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing, pray the good lord will be with you and your family

  8. Mark Lenhardt

    Evelyn, I am so sorry. I enjoyed Dougs stories and wisdom every time I was around him I am a better person for being allowed to enjoy his friendship. Take care of yourself.

  9. JOHN ROBINSON

    Evelyn and Family. My thoughts and Prayers are with you in this difficult time. I had the pleasure of knowing Doug they the years that you lived here in Missoula. He was a great man to work for .
    John Robinson

  10. Grant Coleman

    My prayers for the family. It was a pleasure working for and with Doug. He will be remembered forever.

  11. Evelyn,Brad,Greg and Ronnie Thinking of you all at the passing of Doug. I will always remember Doug with a smile. Miss all the Miller cousins.
    Sending our Love
    Andy and all the Stark Family

  12. Eve, I always thought of you and Doug as that beautiful and handsome couple who I saw at the Miller family gatherings. You both are forever young in my memory. Sending prayers to you and your family.
    Mary Lou Stark Rosdahl

  13. Our love and prayers from the remaining members of the Paulson family. Jean Anderson and Lois Howard (the Paulson girls) send their condolences to the family.

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