William M.C. Miller

William M.C. Miller, a long-time resident, died Dec. 25. He was 71.

Miller was born on Dec. 15, 1939 in Santa Monica. He attended Lincoln Junior High School where he met his future wife Judy, to whom he was married nearly 50 years. Miller went to Santa Monica High School, where he was captain of the football team. He attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.

Miller moved to Malibu in 1963. He worked as the director of marketing at Northrop and as the vice president of advertising for U.S. News and World Report.

Miller coached the Malibu Mustangs and the Malibu Little League for more than 10 years and was admired and well liked by many children he had coached. He also served on the board of the La Costa Beach Club for a number of years. Miller was also on the Pepperdine University Crest Advisory Board and was appointed to the State Geology Board by Ronald Reagan during his time as governor of California.

Miller was a championship fisherman and dove hunter. He had a good sense of humor and enjoyed calling himself “Captain of the Royal Malibu Pursuit Squadron,” and even wore a captain’s hat at parties, said his daughter Cassie Halstead.

Miller is survived by his children Cassie Halstead and Barron Miller, as well as his wife Judy.

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A memorial service will take place Sunday, Jan. 2, at La Costa Beach Club, 21440 PCH, at 1 p.m. A private ceremony is taking place Sunday at 11 a.m.

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