Miller, J. Howard

Longtime photographer J. Howard Miller, 86, of Dallas died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005, in Dallas.

He was born in Wellington, Kan., on Dec. 15, 1918, to Carl and Viola Miller. He grew up in Clovis.

While in college, he worked newspaper assignments for the Clovis News Journal.

He graduated from Clovis High School in 1936 and attended the University of Southern California, Los Angeles City College and Eastern New Mexico State College.

In 1940, he moved to Amarillo after landing a job as a commercial photographer for the McCormick Co. He also began his professional newspaper career.

He volunteered for the Army Air Force on Dec. 8, 1941, and was selected for photo training. He served the war years as a photographer. He returned to Amarillo with an offer for a full-time job as the staff photographer for the Amarillo Globe.

He married Mary Rheuanna Pratt of Amarillo in June 1946.

From 1953 until 1962, he did still and motion picture work for many Amarillo businesses, especially Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch.

Miller was an active member of the Panhandle Professional Photographers Association and a charter member of the National Press Photographers Association.

In 1963, he sold his studio and became chief of the photo section at Pantex Plant. In 1972, he moved to Houston where he became supervisor of still photography at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He retired in 1982.

He was preceded in death by his wife.

Survivors include a son, Jay H. Miller (and wife, Laynie) of Dallas; granddaughters, Mary Kristin Miller and Lara Caitlin Miller, both of Austin, Texas; three nieces, Mary Allison Baldwin of Dallas, Carla Ann Mills of Naples, Fla., Vicki Sue Mills of Ashby, Mass. and Mary Ann Pratt of Victoria, Texas; and five nephews, David E. Mills, Jr. of Nashville, Tenn., George Hagy of Pratt III of Chapel Hill, N.C., William Ford Pratt of Beaumont, Texas, Jeffrey Pool Pratt of Victoria, Texas, and Joe Nolen Pratt Jr. of Kingsville, Texas.

Miller will be buried with military honors at Woodlawn Cemetery in Houston next to his wife.

The family requests any memorials to be made to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch or a favorite charity.