Judge Miller dies at age 80

    Updated, 1:55 p.m., with Attorney General Dana Nessel’s statement:

    Former Macomb County Judge Donald Miller, husband of longtime former U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, died Friday morning, the Macomb Daily reports.

    Candice Miller

    Appointed by Gov. John Engler, Donald Miller served as a circuit court Judge from 1998 until he retired in 2010. He also served for seven years as a magistrate on the state Worker’s Compensation Appellate Commission. Miller was a former Air Force officer who served in Vietnam and was known as an aviation expert.

    He was married to Candice Miller for 35 years. She has served as Harrison Twp. supervisor, a member of Congress and Michigan secretary of state. She is currently Macomb County Public Works commissioner. The Michigan Secretary of State office today tweeted condolences to her.

    “My condolences go out to former Congresswoman and Secretary of State Candice Miller and the family, friends and colleagues of Judge Donald Miller. Judge Miller will be remembered by his colleagues and servicemen as a man dedicated to service of his country and the people of Michigan,” Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement Friday afternoon.

    Funeral arrangements will be made through Wm. Sullivan & Sons in Utica, the Macomb Daily reports.

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