Ben Miller of Cambria, CA died at home, surrounded by family on January 29, 2020, following a battle with multiple myeloma.
Born Warren Benton Miller II on June 14, 1950, to Alvin and Nadine (Elder) Miller, Ben spent most of his youth in Bakersfield, CA. At a young age he aspired to become a railroad engineer or airline pilot, until a 1950's console television, with a ten inch screen, was wheeled into the living room. From that moment he was enthralled with the emerging broadcasting industry.
After graduating from California State University Fresno in 1972 with a degree in Mass Communications, Ben moved to Dallas to work for Christian Broadcasting Network as a television engineer. In 1978, he was recruited by Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and moved to Southern California, where his two daughters were born in 1980 and 1985. While at TBN, Ben was promoted to Vice President of Engineering and spent many years building television stations and studios in North America, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific. His technical problem-solving and innovative thinking made him integral to TBN’s substantial growth throughout the world. His colleagues believe Ben may hold the record for having built more television stations than any other person in history.
Ben met his wife Kathleen in 2006 while visiting family in Cambria. Ben loved living in Cambria’s cool ocean climate, patronizing local restaurants with Kathleen, and supporting his nephew Todd’s winery, Moonstone Cellars. Locally, Ben was involved in the Rotary Club, winning a Paul Harris Fellow Award for his volunteer service.
Blessed with a quick wit, Ben was known for his ability to deliver rapid-fire puns for any occasion. Failing to mention his love of puns, even in his obituary, would be a grave omission.
Ben is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen Miller; sister and brother-in-law Vicki and Muril Clift; daughters, Madeline Walton-Hadlock (Clay) and Christa Aoto (Ryan); and nephew Todd Clift (Kendra). He also leaves four grandchildren: Orion, Ellie, Cormac, and Silas. Ben was preceded in death by his parents.
As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made online or by mailing a check to the International Myeloma Foundation:
International Myeloma Foundation
12650 Riverside Dr. Suite 206
North Hollywood, CA 91607
in Ben Miller's name.
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