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Douglas Miller

Memorial services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Terpening & Son Chapel for Douglas Dale Miller of Artesia.

Miller, 46, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, at his home in Artesia.

Tim Arlett will officiate the services. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.

Douglas was born Dec. 21, 1970, in Fairmont, W.V., the son of Patricia Miller. He was so proud of a niece who had the same birthday as he, 38 years later: Paige Van Bibber.

He was stationed in Germany for three years and loved to visit the Mannheim and see the castles while there.

Douglas and Lori Schafer were married for nearly 13 years. Out of that marriage, he had two beautiful children: twin daughter Haylee Dawn and twin son Hayden Douglas.

On June 11, 2010, Douglas married Melissa Bliss, who was a single mother of one son, Austin Bliss. The two had one son together, Seth Nicholas Miller, who is very special, along with Austin. He loved his twins and these two boys. He also has a son, William Tice, who lives in New York with his mother, whom Douglas hadn’t seen since he was 2 years old but had recently been speaking with on the phone.

In 1972, Douglas’ mother married Mark A. Van Bibber from Kentucky, and in 1976, they moved to Artesia. In 1977, Mark adopted Douglas. In 1982, Patricia went into the Army, and her brother, Marvin E. Miller Jr., and Doreene Helms Miller adopted Douglas.

Douglas was always in his natural mother’s life and moved to Ohio in 2001 to be with her. In 2003, he moved back to Artesia with her.

He worked for several oilfield companies for 11 years. He worked at Wal-Mart for a little over two years before being called back into the oilfield in January. Douglas lived with his mother and stepfather, Jesse Hernandez, up until his passing. Through his life, he had several girlfriends, but there are two who are very special to Patricia and Jesse: Donna Adams of Artesia and Cathy Corbett of Rio Rancho.

Survivors include his mother, Patricia Hernandez, of the family home; adoptive parents Marvin E. Miller Jr. and Doreene Miller of Fairmont, W.V.; twins Haylee Dawn Miller and Hayden Douglas Miller of Fairmont; sons William George Tice of Govenor, N.Y., Seth Nicholas Miller-Bliss of Cottonwood, and Austin Bliss of Artesia; brothers Christopher Michael Van Bibber of Ashland, Ky., and Marvin E. Miller III and Frederick Blaine Miller, both of Fairmont; and grandfather Marvin E. Miller of Fairmont.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Elizabeth Lee Miller, and a cousin, Elizabeth Nichole Edwards.

Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed online at www.artesiafunerals.com.