DanielThomas Miller, of Sheridan, WY, passed peacefully at his home onOctober 7, 2023. He was 54 years old.
Hewas born in Torrance, California on August 1, 1969 ("90504").He loved to tell stories of his childhood growing up there and allthe crazy things he and “the crew” would do. In 1983, he and hisparents moved to Montana and settled into a lovely house on FlatheadLake in Polson, Montana. His favorite things to do while living therewere to take the boat out around the lake, fish off the dock and ridehis dirt bike or 4-wheelers with his friends.
Aftergraduating high school, he went on to study at the University ofMontana then the University of Wyoming, where he received his degreein Industrial Technology Education. During his time at UW, he tookpart in a work study program with a professor we knew as “DocAllen”, who would serve as one of Dan’s biggest mentorsthroughout his educational journey.
InOctober of 1992, while attending a friend's wedding as part of thebridal party, Dan met the love of his life Heather, whocoincidentally was also part of the bridal party. The two hit it offand quickly became each other's best friend. They wed in August of1994, and were now a family of three as he became a father toHeather’s daughter, Devon. In 1996, Dan officially adopted Devon ashis own and devoted his life to “his girls” - they were the mostimportant part of his life.
Dantaught for 25 years and made an impact on many of his students'lives. Prior to moving to Sheridan, he taught a variety of classes ata high school in Sedalia, Missouri ranging from industrialtechnology, offset printing, photography, and small engines. In 2000,the family moved back to Wyoming and settled in Sheridan and Danstarted work as a wood shop teacher at the Sheridan Jr High School.He eventually made his way up to the Sheridan High School where hecontinued to teach industrial technology classes such as wood shop,construction, and machining. Dan truly cared about his students andtheir successes, especially their success after high school. He wasknown to take students under his wing and help them through their
journeyto reach that finish line. His work with his students has made ourcommunity a better place.
InAugust of 2016, Dan gained a son when Devon married Brett. Then inMay of 2020, he became a grandpa to his grandson Terran - he wasalways known as “Pop-Pop”. Dan loved spending time with Terranand spoiling him with mini motorcycles and every Lego set he couldever dream of. When he saw Terran put his feet up and balance duringhis first ride on his Harley Davidson strider bike, he just smiledand said, “That’s my boy.”
Danenjoyed spending time with friends and family, camping, watchinghorror movies, riding his Harley, having adventures with Heather, andworking on their home to make it completely their own. He loved tocook, most times in front of his giant Traeger grill - he always said“If you love someone, you cook for them”. His favorite holidaywas Halloween and their house was known to have an epic yard full oftombstones, skeletons and a graveyard fence, a lot of which he builton his own. He truly enjoyed handing out candy and ramen noodles toall kids who stopped by, especially his students. And he loved tomake people laugh - he always said he would have loved to be acomedian.
Danis survived by his daughter Devon Bursell, son-in-law Brett Bursell,and grandson Terran Bursell, all of Sheridan; Heather’s parents Patand Sandi Love, as well as her siblings, nieces and nephews; theirtwo cats Tigger and Freddy; and countless other friends he has madethrough the years.
Donationscan be made in memory of Dan and will be used to continue his loveand support of the causes that were most important to him. Pleasemake donations to “Miller’s Memorial Fund, c/o Devon Bursell, 134Peno Road, Sheridan, WY 82801.
ACelebration Of Life Open House, with taco bar and telling storiesabout Dan's life, will be held on Saturday October 28, 2023 from 11-2pm at Kane Funeral Home Reception room. Wear your Orange and Black.