Obituary: Donald G. Miller

Retired Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Donald G. Miller died on Jan. 18 at the age of 80.

Miller, the husband of former congresswoman and current Macomb County Public Workers Commissioner Candice Miller, served on the circuit court bench from 1998 until he retired in 2010.

“Don was well-respected for his judicial temperament and leadership qualities,” said Macomb County Circuit Court Chief Judge James Biernat Jr., who was named to Miller’s seat when Miller retired.

“He spent his entire adult life serving the citizens of this country in one capacity or another,” Biernat said. “He was a mentor to many young attorneys including myself, and his death is a real loss to the community.

Miller graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s of science degree in 1961, and was commissioned as an Air Force officer.

He served as a pilot during the Vietnam War, and later attained the rank of colonel. He served as commander of Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

In 1982, he received his law degree from the University of Detroit.

Before becoming a circuit court judge, Miller was in private practice, served as a Workers’ Compensation Magistrate and served on the  Workers’ Compensation  Appellate Commission.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked that memorials be sent to the Selfridge Military Air Museum, 27333 C Street, Bldg 1011, Selfridge ANGB, MI 48045; or the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154, 18025 E. 15 Mile, Clinton Township, MI 48035.

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