Jay Tyler Miller passed away on May 2, 2019, in Lubbock Texas, due to an unexpected cardiac arrest. He is survived by his father, Rodney Miller (Dianna), his mother, Helen Miller, his sister Michelle Pisciotta (Tom), his brother Chance Miller (Annette) and his nephew Ben, his paternal grandfather Joe Miller (Yolanda), his paternal grandmother, Sylvia McCauley as well as many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. He leaves behind an incredible number of friends, among them his best friend Jacob Harrington. Jay was met in Heaven by his sister Helen Aubrey, his maternal grandparents, Raymond and Helen Jackson, his aunt JoBeth Miller as well as all of his beloved dogs, cats and horses.
Jay was born in Roswell and while he lived in Artesia, he attended St. Andrews Episcopal School, Gateway Junior High and graduated from Valley Christian School in 2005. He attended Eastern New Mexico University, Roswell and New Mexico State University, Las Cruces.
Jay grew up at the Roswell Bureau of Land Management Field Office and became well acquainted with the ranching community. He worked for several years at Roswell Farm and Livestock Supply, learning the feed business. Most recently, he worked passionately at the Greenery Nursery, learning plants, landscaping, sales and the horticulture business, so patiently taught by his bosses and close friends, Jay and Renetta Burson. He became good friends with other members of the staff. Jay enjoyed learning from and helping the clients of the Greenery.
Jay was only six years old when he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes or Juvenile Diabetes. Although he often said he hated being a pin cushion, he worked hard at controlling blood sugars, watching his food intake and activity levels. He loved his country and would have served if the diabetes had not been in the way. He also wanted to be a cowboy/rancher and to participate more in rodeo, but the diabetes had a way of preventing full involvement.
Jay loved hunting almost anything but pronghorn antelope (too hairy). Some of his best memories were of hunting with his Dad and brother and fishing with his grandfathers and his mom in Colorado, especially at Big Meadow Lake.
Jay loved teasing his sister Michelle and his brother Chance, over absolutely anything. He was planning on how he could be the best “Unca” to Ben. He was looking forward to the birth of his new nephew or niece in the fall, his upcoming elk hunt and his vacation in Colorado. Jay always considered and planned for a long and happy future. You rarely found Jay without music playing. He left us too early at the age of 32.
Jay believed in Jesus Christ, God and all things promised. He especially believed “I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me”. Philippians 4:10.
I would like to thank everyone who loved Jay along with specifically the first response team who came to help Jay, the staff at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, the University Medical Center (MICU doctors and staff, and the Comfort Care Unit) Lubbock, Texas and all of the neighbors, and friends who have offered their availability, support and prayers.
In place of flowers, and if so inclined, please consider a donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (http://www.2.jdrf.org) or to the Wounded Warriors Project (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org).
Please join us for Jay’s Celebration of Life, to be held at Grace Community Church on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 10:00 am. Following the service, a gathering of family and friends will be held at the Children’s Annex of Grace Church.
Arrangements are under the personal care of Colonial Funeral Home of Dimmitt, Texas. Online condolences may be made at colonialfuneralhome.org