Malachi Miller

Jun 30, 2013 Staff

Dr. Malachi "Mal" Miller, of Lander, died this weekend at home. He was 54 years old.

Celebration of life services will be in July.

Malachi "Mal" Miller was born Feb. 6, 1959, in Lykens, Pa.

He graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in microbiology. He also earned the prestigious "Class Anchor" award.

He received a medical degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., in 1999 and completed his family practice residency at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Ore., in 2002.

He spent most of the next decade as a partner at the Lander Medical Clinic before starting his own clinic, Lander Valley Family Practice, on April 30, 2012. His clinic grew to roughly 6,000 patients.

Through the years he worked with Inberg-Miller Engineers, Safeway, Raynolds buffalo ranch, Clay Construction, Dick's Metal & Welding and Brooks Lake Lodge, which led to a career with NOLS.

His family and friends said he came to Wyoming to take a NOLS course and never left.

He was an avid athlete, a voracious reader, a Golden Gloves boxer, a pianist, and an excellent marksman.

He loved to climb and ski and jump his beloved thoroughbred horse named Ziggy.

He was a world-class mountaineer and part of the first successful American expedition to Gasherbrum II in Pakistan with Lander residents Dan Heilig, Phil Powers, Mike Collins and Rob Hess.

He also guided on Aconcagua in Argentina, the highest mountain in the Americas, and on Mount Kenya.

"His friends adored him and described him as loyal and lionhearted," a family statement reads.

He is survived by the love of his life, Maggie Miller; daughters Emma and Zoe; mother Bettie Miller; brother Edgar; and sisters Becky Miller and Abby Pemberton.

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