Douglas Pete Miller, 49, Bismarck, passed away on Wednesday, November 2, 2022.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, November 5 at Bethel Lutheran Church, 615 E Turnpike Ave, Bismarck. A livestream of the funeral service will be available on the funeral home's website and Bethel's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bethelbismarck/
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Pkwy, Bismarck. A prayer service and a time of sharing memories will be held at 7 p.m.
Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bismarck.
Douglas Pete was born on August 23, 1973, in Minot, the first son of Donald and Diane (Walter) Miller. He was soon joined by two brothers, Darren and Dustin - built in best friends. He was raised in Minot, attending Sunnyside Elementary, Jim Hill Middle School and he graduated from Minot High School in 1991. Being a Minot State Beaver was his next step, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
While working a tournament at the Minot Gun Club, Doug met Amy King. It took Doug months after that first encounter before getting the courage to give Amy a call and his exact words were “Hi, I don’t know if you know me or not, but I’m a friend of Bart Manson’s.” The line must’ve worked, as they dated through high school and were married on September 2, 1995, in Minot.
Doug worked at a few different places and in 2006 the family moved to Bismarck. His most recent employment was with ProIT as their controller. He enjoyed this job, as he could work from home, but better yet, he got to “work” with his brother Dustin, which included almost daily phone calls of which five minutes were actual business and the rest was talking sports and whatever they found humor in.
Doug loved sports. Doug loved his kids. When you put those two things together and from all his years of practice, playing, watching sports and retaining the sports facts, this trained him for the next season in life. One of being a dad coach, spectator, announcer, scorekeeper and to be his kids and their teammates biggest #1 fans. When Doug coached, he coached hard, but he loved those kids even harder. Doug was always team first and stay humble. His own kids show that in their everyday life. They may not be as humble as Doug, but there weren’t many who were.
He enjoyed playing basketball in high school, intermural in college and rec leagues. He had such a competitive nature. For a guy that never stepped foot in Chapel Hill, he was a true Tar Heels fan, something that he passed on to his kids. He also enjoyed running and ran in a few half marathons and many 5K’s.
Faith was an important part of Doug’s life. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Minot. When Doug and Amy got married, they continued to explore their faith and on April 7, 2014, Doug became a confirmed member of Bethel Lutheran Church. He became active in the church, acting in the Living Last Supper, holding office, ushering and was willing to help when he was asked.
Lastly, let’s talk about Doug’s world - aka his family - self named “We’re the Millers.” Doug’s relationships with his wife and each one of his kids were deep rooted and it went beyond sports. He encouraged and had patience with everything from teaching new math to going to dance recitals and everything in-between. So many of Doug’s great character traits shine through his kids and he was so proud of everything they did, not realizing that they are so much like him. We can’t forget to mention the love for his brothers, Dustin and Darren. Those were relationships that grew through the years and as they all three got older, they grew closer. When Darren passed away unexpectedly, the relationship between Dustin and Doug got stronger yet. His parents, Don and Diane, were always there for Doug and his family. He loved sweets and that came from all of his mom’s baking over the years. His in-laws first call to make sure they had the sports schedules straight, what time an activity was starting or needing their taxes done, was to Doug, they knew Doug was reliable and would be gracious to help. He was more of the “go with the flow” uncle to his nieces and nephews and loved to joke with them when he could. We all love him so much!
Doug leaves behind “We’re the Millers”- Amy, Paxton, Ellie and Cooper, all of Bismarck; parents, Don and Diane Miller, Minot; brother and his family, Dustin and Christy Miller, and their children, Taylor, Lexi and Emma, Minot; paternal grandfather, Raymond "Buddy" Walter, Minot; father and mother-in-law, Joanne and Leslie King, Minot; sister-in-law, Jacqueline Miller, Bismarck; brother-in-law and his family, Todd (Dena) King and their children, Layton and Kassidy and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Darren; maternal grandmother, Catherine Walter; paternal grandparents, Peter and Theresa Miller; paternal uncle, Marvin Miller; and maternal aunt, Marilyn Thomas.
In lieu of flowers, any memorials received will be spread out to the organizations that Doug was a part of through his children's athletic programs throughout the years and to Bethel Lutheran Church.