Or­val “Red” Mil­lette

Septem­ber 28, 1925 – De­cem­ber 4, 2018

San Francisco Chronicle - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

Res­i­dent of Lafayette, Cal­i­for­nia

Or­val Dale Mil­lette, af­fec­tion­ately known as Red, peace­fully passed away sur­rounded by his chil­dren, their spouses and wife Mar­i­anne, his lov­ing wife of 63 years, on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 4, 2018. He is sur­vived by Mar­i­anne and his six chil­dren, Tim (Diane), Yvonne, Tom (Joanne), Joe (Jen­nifer), Tony (Dean) and Ted (Cindy) and grand­chil­dren (Amanda, Emily, Lau­ren, Jack, Will, Cole and Aricela). Red is also sur­vived by his sis­ter Betty Em­bry and many, many nieces and neph­ews from his and Mar­i­anne’s fam­i­lies.

Red was born in South Dakota and grew up in his beloved Dell Rapids, the sec­ond of four chil­dren, to Vic­tor and Mary Mil­lette. He fol­lowed his par­ents and sib­lings to Cal­i­for­nia af­ter his mil­i­tary ser­vice. Red was called by many names on his path through life. Early in his life, his nick­name was “Punk.” Rea­sons for the name come and go with the sea­sons, but Punk it was. “Punk” grew into “Red” dur­ing his mil­i­tary and col­lege days. Af­ter serv­ing our coun­try in the U.S. Navy dur­ing World War II, Red earned his ac­count­ing de­gree from San Fran­cisco State Univer­sity in 1953. Upon grad­u­a­tion, Red went to work for the Cal­i­for­nia State Board of Equal­iza­tion where he climbed the ranks to Su­per­vis­ing Tax Au­di­tor III dur­ing his over 40+ year ca­reer with the State.

In 1953, he met the love of his life, Mar­i­anne Mal­ley, while au­dit­ing at Hagstrom’s Stores in Oak­land. Even­tu­ally, through dili­gence on his part, he earned the name “Hus­band” in 1955 and moved to Lafayette shortly there­after. In 1959, Red and Mar­i­anne were blessed with their first of six chil­dren, and Red earned the name of “Dad.” As fa­ther of six and lover of sports, his next nick­name was “Coach.” Coach Mil­lette led teams in boys and girls bas­ket­ball (CYO and LMYA), soc­cer and Lafayette Lit­tle League base­ball for over 19 years, and was a fa­ther fig­ure to many. With the birth of his first grand­child, he earned the new name “Pepe” (grandpa). Al­ways the coach, he loved watch­ing his grand­chil­dren play sports.

Along the path of his life, Red be­came a “Friend” to many. Many of these friends were or are mem­bers of Saint Per­petua Catholic Church, where all of his chil­dren at­tended gram­mar school and where Mar­i­anne and Red have been parish­ioners for over 60 years.

The life of this man known as Or­val, Punk, Red, brother-in-law, un­cle, cousin, hus­band, Dad, Pepe, fatherin-law, coach and friend, can be summed up in three words...”Love of Fam­ily” , which to Red in­cluded many he met along his path in life. Red’s love of fam­ily was shown by his com­pas­sion, com­mit­ment, a shoul­der to cry on, a smile to warm you, laugh­ter, love and a big Red Mil­lette hug.

A Mass of Chris­tian Burial will be cel­e­brated at 10:30 a.m. on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15, 2018 at Church of Santa Maria in Orinda, CA, with a re­cep­tion in the Church Hall im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing. Please join in cel­e­brat­ing this won­der­ful man we were so hon­ored to love.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made in Red’s name to the St. Per­petua Church – Cap­i­tal Cam­paign for the new Parish Hall, 3545 Ham­lin Rd, Lafayette, CA 94549.

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