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Michael Benedict Miller ’00 passed away after a year-long battle with melanoma on March 1, 2010, in Manteca, California. Mike lived in the Bay Area town of San Carlos for 32 years where he attended elementary and middle school. He was active in the San Carlos Boys Chorus for 6 years, played soccer and had a route as a paper boy. He attended Menlo School in Menlo Park, a decision he regarded as one of the most important in his life. He enrolled in Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he graduated in 1992 with a degree in Political Science. While at Purdue, he took flying lessons and acquired his private and commercial licenses, his instrument and instructor ratings. When Mike returned to California, he went to work for Wells Fargo Bank for four years in Redwood City then one year in the Risk Management Dept. in San Francisco. Having a passion for the law, he decided to spend his next three years at Santa Clara Law School where he received his JD. He was sworn into the Bar December 13, 2000. Mike moved to Manteca to live and work as a law clerk for 6 ½ years for the Honorable Judge Thomas Holman in the Federal Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California in Modesto and Sacramento . In 2008, he accepted a position in San Francisco as Staff Attorney for Customs and Border Protection, a department of Homeland Security. Michael was a member of the ABA in both California and Washington D. C. He was a member of AOPA, the Menlo High School Alumni Assn., class of 1988, and the Purdue Univ. Alumni Assn. He looked forward to the Reno Air Races with friends each year and to the annual trip with friends to The Wine Country. He was an avid reader, enjoyed fine food and wine, golf, skiing, technology and the outdoors. He liked to travel and always, he loved to fly. His love of family, friends and adopted greyhound, Cinder, however, were most important in his life. Michael is survived by his parents, Richard (Duke) and Janine Miller, his sister Shannon (Greg) Hall, niece, Hailey (5), nephew Dylan (3), numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends throughout the country.