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Alan J. Miller

Alan J. Miller passed away on July 30, 2021, at his home in Ogden Canyon. Alan left this world dreaming about his adventures of skiing, biking and collecting cars. He courageously battled health issues while living life to its fullest He always had a positive attitude.


Alan was born in Ogden, Utah on August 4,1940, to Earl and Gladys Miller. He cherished his childhood, setting up slalom courses in the foothills and exploring the Ogden peaks with his friends. He had an amazing group of friends that stayed close to him his entire life. He married Ann Manful, his soul mate and partner through life, in 1970.

Alan started skiing at the age of six and became a competitive skier at an early age. He raced successfully throughout the West until he graduated from Ogden High School. He joined the University of Denver Ski Team and was the Team Captain when the team won the NCAA Championships in 1962. He joined the Army in 1964, representing the United States in Europe on the CISM Team. During that time, he raced in many international FIS A and B races. When he returned to the United States, he coached junior racers leaving a lasting impact on their lives. He was a formidable competitor, but character building and love of the sport was more important than winning.

Bicycling became another passion at an early age. He was a tough, competitive racer. He was recognized riding back and forth through Ogden Canyon to work, during the warm months. Alan and his wife, Ann, traveled many places in the United States in addition to Western and Eastern Europe with their bikes loaded with panniers and maps.

Alan owned and operated Miller's Ski and Cycles Haus for over 30 years with his brother Dale. Miller's was one of the best known and respected ski shops in the West They prided themselves on finding the most current high performance skis and boots to give the local racers the competitive edge. They worked closely with families to make skiing affordable. Alan was committed to supporting skiing in the local area so that it could become a lifetime sport for families. The same could be said for his commitment to the bicycling community.

He had a diverse collection of antique cars that he liked to display at parades and car shows. In his later years, he supported Ann as she became involved in agility and obedience dog competitions with their Belgian Tervurens. He was always helping at the dog shows in any way he could. Later, as his health declined, he was not able to work in the arena, so he worked the timer. He made an impact on all people with whom he came in contact.

He is survived by his wife Ann, brother Dale, along with several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his in-laws, Dwayne and Rita Manful and brother-in law and his wife Richard and Reeta Manful.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ray, sisters in law Beth Miller and Cathy Miller and nephew Hank Manful.

A Celebration of Alan's life will be held Wednesday, August 4, 2021, from 5:00 to 7:30 PM at his Ogden Canyon home.

In lieu of flowers, one can make a donation to the University of Denver Ski Team, 2199 S. University Blvd, Denver, Colorado 80208 or Alf Engen Ski Museum, 3419 Olympic Parkway, Park City, Utah 84098, in Alan's name.

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.leavittsmortuarty.com


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In 1964 I was a member of the Berchtesgaden ski patrol and met Allen and Jim bombard in the area. To ski with these guys was to take a masters degree in the mechanics of making a ski turn. Alan was a monster on skis--I have never seen any one as powerful and graceful as Allen skiing down the Jenner Mountain near Koenigsee. I know his power on a bicycle was legendary as well. My condolences to his family.

James Moriarty May 10 2022 3:31 PM

I had the honor of knowing Allen and Ann since the 60s. I enjoyed Allen's hospitality and his Beer in Denver. I shopped at his store for Bike 🚴 parts and repairs also Ski 🎿 equipment…
It was always an honor to Ski with him , however I could never stay up with him.
Ann, thank you and Allen thank you for the marvelous memories…..⛷🚴

David Young Mar 9 2022 1:21 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Alan Miller

David Young Mar 9 2022 1:12 PM

Ann , Dale and all the Miller clan my family,s hearts go out to you.
Alan shared the mountain culture of Skiing and Biking and forever enriched our lives.
I have great memories of Alan.

Kim Wheelwright Aug 10 2021 10:33 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Alan Miller

Portia Ericksen Aug 7 2021 11:55 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Alan Miller

Sue Christensen Barker Aug 6 2021 5:47 PM

When we moved to Utah in 1969, my father, Jock Glidden, quickly fell in with Al and his bike riding escapades. Al's shop was the only place that Jock could get the good European stuff, and I still have his French Motobecane with the "Miller's Ski and Cycle Haus" sticker on it at the family cottage. Thanks to Al & Ann, our lives in Ogden were richer and fuller. My deepest condolences to Ann & the family.

Jesse O. Glidden Aug 6 2021 12:15 PM

The Miller Family has been part of Ogden for decades. Earl Miller Ski School, Miller Ski Hut, both at the Basin, Miller Ski and Cycle. Dale, I send condolences to you. You and your family have left a wonderful legacy within the Ogden community. A great family.


Ava Antonich Tracy Aug 6 2021 12:05 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Alan Miller

Ava Antonich Tracy Aug 6 2021 11:59 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Alan Miller

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