James P. Miller: Service Jan. 26 for former Mountlake Terrace City Councilmember, police reserve officer

James P. Miller

James P Miller

Jim Miller passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 12 right as the Seahawk game was starting…apparently he had a premonition.

Jim was born in Osakis, Minn. and moved to Seattle with his family in the early 1940s, where he attended O’Dea HS.  He served in the Navy aboard the USS Yorktown during the Korean War.  He resided in Mountlake Terrace for over 63 years, where he was very involved, serving as a volunteer reserve police officer for over 20 years, and as a city councilmember. He continued to serve Snohomish County for an additional 13 years as a member of the Evergreen State Fair Board.

He married Karen Trost on May 1, 1954 and they enjoyed over 65 years of marriage, much of that time attending the athletic events and activities of their children and grandchildren. Jim enjoyed many years of coaching youth and women’s softball as well as taking his family camping. Our family has many fond memories of camping trips throughout the state of Washington, all crammed in the station wagon, while pulling a utility trailer! Jim and Karen enjoyed many years of traveling around the world and taking numerous cruises, but mostly he was content to remain at home and play cards with family and friends, while enjoying a glass of scotch.

He is survived by his wife Karen and their six children and spouses; Mike (Lynne) Miller, Dawn (Kevin) Grout, Mark (Barb) Miller, Susie (Cheryl Buck) Miller, Julie (Mike) Stroncek and John (Heidi) Miller, as well as his grandchildren Jacki, Zach, Devan, Josh, Markie, Alejandro, Leland and Skyler; and two great grandsons Kash and Mark. He is also survived by his sister Kay (John) Sharf and sister-in-laws, Judy Laube and Jane Pauly, as well as nieces and nephews Eric, Kim, Nancy, Steph, Sara, Ann, Jason, Amy and Dan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cliff & Ann Miller, brother-in-laws, Kenny Trost, Tony Pauly and Jim Laube, and nephews Joel Laube and Paul Trost.

Jim was an amazing husband, father and grandfather. He was a gentle giant and humble man, who was loved and will be dearly missed. He did not want anyone to sit through a service listening to others yammer about him, so please join us as we celebrate a great man and a life well lived. We will celebrate Jim on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 at 2 p.m. at Lake Ballinger Senior Center in Mountlake Terrace. You can best honor Jim by providing an act of service within your community, or assisting students to further their education with a donation to the Edmonds Community College Foundation or the Edmonds School District Foundation.


  1. Your dad was a kind, generous, and loving man and everyone who’s had the pleasure to know him will miss him. All our prayers, thoughts, and love go out to the family at this time.

  2. Seeing Jim and Karen Edmonds CC in Student Programs and Student Government, as well as social settings & the Pauly’s house. I can say that the Millers represented well with generosity, kindness and humor… and why I recall a cooler of beer at a funeral, I have no idea where Jim got it, but he provided and gave us all a smile! Sending prayers & heart filled hugs to Karen and all the Miller’s and the Pauly’s and all who knew him. Love Kim Jacobson Menne

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