Those who have been following my blog know that I hike to raise money for Wildlife Rehabilitation Northwest Tucson, where I have volunteered for the past year and a half. The rehab was started 15 years ago by Janet and Lewis Miller because they wanted to do something constructive with their retirement. In the past 15 years, they have rehabilitated and released countless birds and mammals. I am sad to report that Lewis Miller passed away at the beginning of the month. Lewis was 84 and he and Janet had recently celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary. I attended a beautiful service for him at St. Phillips Church this weekend and it was incredible to hear all the stories from people who’s lives he touched. Lewis wore many hats: father of two boys, scoutmaster, middle-school science teacher for 20 years, and a docent at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for 32 years, but in all of them his sense of humor and desire to teach shone through. Here is a picture of the collage that was at the memorial service with many wonderful pictures of Lewis Miller throughout the years.
Donations in his name can be sent to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Forever Wild, Tucson Wildlife Center, or the Boy Scouts of America.