Our beloved son, and buddy, "B.J." John Francisco Miller, 19, of Sunnyside went to be with his Savior on Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, from severe head injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
B.J. was born Oct. 9, 1988, in Sunnyside, the son of John M. and Daria F. (Marichalar) Miller. He received his education in Sunnyside, having graduated with the class of 2007.
B.J. was currently enrolled at Yakima Valley Community College and was employed as assistance manager of Buckle Department Store in Yakima. From an early age, B.J. was a very scholastic student and a gifted athlete. School was a treasured time filled with many experiences. B.J. valued and respected his teachers, fellow students and was always there to lend a hand, mentor or give a word of encouragement.
His two passions in school were football #22 and baseball #5. In football, B.J. was a three-year letterman, two-year captain and received all conference award in 2006. He currently holds a Sunnyside High School football record, scoring four touchdowns in one game. During his senior year of football, B.J. was being scouted by many Pacific Northwest Colleges. Due to a leg injury, B.J. was unable to pursue his football dream, but still was an outstanding leader and captain.
In baseball, B.J. was a two-year letterman, senior year captain and team leader, playing third base and pitcher. Scholastically he passed the state WASL tests in fourth and tenth grades, meeting all standards. His senior year he participated in the Running Start program.
Most of all, B.J. cherished and respected time with his family and friends. He was like a magnet, drawing people from all walks of life to him.
B.J. is survived by his parents, John and Daria Miller of Sunnyside; one brother, Justin Reyes Miller of Sunnyside; his grandparents, Frank and Eleanor Marichalar of Sunnyside and John E. Miller of Elroy, Wis. and honorary grandparents, Nacho and Maria Resendez of Sunnyside and Cheva Cerrillo of Mabton. He is also survived by his maternal aunt and uncles, (Nina) Dian Marichalar Zavala of Grandview, Frank Jr. (Holie) Marichalar of Prosser, Donicio Marichalar of Grandview and Ted Marichalar of Sunnyside; his special cousins (or bros. as they were called by him), Jordan Zavala, Sabastian Marichalar and Austin Marichalar; his paternal uncles and aunt, Bruce Miller (Karla), David Miller (Dawn) and Jodi Fleming (Joe); cousins, Alex, Max and Sam Miller, of Stuart, Wis. and Macy, Molly, Sawyer Fleming, of Roeshalt, Wis.; his godparents, Chris and Janie Hernandez of Sunnyside; and special uncle and aunt, Ray and Marla Maltos; and many, many other extended family members and friends galore.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Julie "Peachy" Miller.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be recited on Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside and Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at 6 p.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007, at 1 p.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church gym, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor B.J.'s memory may contribute to the B.J. Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o of Columbia River Bank. Memorials may be left at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.