Miller skilled at helping behind the scenes

Vic Vela
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Vesta Miller achieved quite a bit of success in Arvada politics several years ago, and she received a lot of help from her beloved husband Stan along the way.

“He was such a strong supporter for me,” the former mayor said in a recent interview. “In the 1970s, there weren’t too many women who were on city councils, and he was there for me.”

Stan Miller was more than the man behind the mayor. He was an active member of the Arvada community and a World War II veteran.

Miller died on May 12 at the age of 88.

Vesta Miller’s biography is well-documented, having served as Arvada mayor from 1979-1981 and 12 years the Arvada City Council during those decades.

But Stan Miller preferred to work under the radar, away from politics. Shortly after moving to Arvada with Vesta in 1960, he became an active member of the Arvada Historical Society and was instrumental in the early-1970’s renovation of the Arvada Flour Mill.

The mill earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places shortly after Miller’s renovation involvement.

“It was a very terrible job that we took on,” said Arvada Historical Society founder Lois Lindstrom-Kennedy, a longtime family friend. “Stan was a stalwart to come in and help.”

Miller was a certified public accountant for the Bureau of Reclamation, an active member of the Arvada United Methodist Church, and a regular golfer at Indian Tree Golf Course, who didn’t take himself too seriously on the links, Vesta Miller said.

But, before any of this, Miller served our country as a B-17 ball turret gunner for the Army Air Corps in World War II. His last mission was in 1945, when he performed a food drop over Holland, near the end of the war.

Vesta Miller said her husband’s death turned out to be a small “blessing,” considering that he had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for the last six years of his life.

“But the thing I treasure is that Stan knew me long after he forgot other people,” said Lindstrom-Kennedy. “And that was very special to us.”

As for Vesta Miller, she’ll never forget the impact her husband had on her life and on others.

“He was a very kind person,” she said. “He was thoughtful, considerate and he loved his family. I couldn’t have done what I did in my life without his help.”