Joshua Miller Obituary, Death – Joshua Miller was born in Havre, Montana on Tuesday, February 12th, 1991, and passed away on Sunday, May 14th, 2023. Despite the fact that Josh’s time on Earth was cut short, he accomplished more in a lifetime than most individuals can. In 2009, Josh graduated from Havre High School. In 2015, he graduated from Dawson University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a 4-point GPA, placing first in his class. Josh has understood since he was a child what his actual calling was.
Soon after, he relocated to Cut Bank, Montana, to pursue a career as a police officer. He had to leave his job early owing to a serious health issue. Despite his disappointment, Josh never gave up. He continued to serve his community by becoming an EMT and joining the Mercy Flight team at Benefis in Great Falls. He then returned to Hill County, where he is currently the Mosquito District Manager and the Drone Pilot in Command. He was also a member of the Havre City Council at the time.
Josh worked in criminal justice, but his true interest was the weather. Josh endured multiple storms throughout his life, but he always survived, and with each storm, he got wiser. He had a deep passion and admiration for nature. As a result, he became a storm spotter for the National Weather Service. As storms came, he was on the ground, reporting and delivering warnings to our television and radio stations, ensuring the safety of his people.
His credentials got so solid that several news outlets approached him for articles on their own initiative. As a result, he became our local weatherman on KRTV news, where many feel he delivered a clear, concise, and informative report in his strong yet soothing voice. His adventures were documented on his “Chasing the Big Sky” Facebook page.
Josh finished everything with painstaking attention to detail, understanding that no work is too small to accomplish well. He was born with tremendous leadership potential. He wasn’t afraid to be different, and he was always eager to stand up for what was right, even if it meant going it alone. His City Council position frequently pitted him against the majority, but he didn’t mind because he was there to represent the people who elected him. Josh felt it was especially important to speak for our local fire department crew because they are continuously on the front lines protecting and serving the community.
His soulmate, Cameo MacLennan, met him in June of 2019. Their love was genuine, direct, and unconditional. They planned a tropical destination wedding for the near future after becoming engaged in December of 2019. Josh’s family considers belonging to them to be the best thing he has ever done. He was their pillar and the calm in the storm. He never had time to focus on little issues; he was always concerned with the big picture. He was a loving father, husband, brother, uncle, and nephew. Throughout the years, he got fond of animals, particularly dogs.
Josh cherished spending time with his family, particularly around the holidays. He was a patriot who enjoyed the festivities and privileges provided by Independence Day, but his favorite holiday was Christmas. Despite being tested countless times, Josh’s faith was unwavering. He has been a great tutor to his godchildren throughout their lives. Josh’s father, Doug Effinger, brother, Daniel Larson, grandparents, Richard and Clara Larson, uncle, Bill Fisher, and cousins, Andrew Fisher and Shane Nichols, all died before him.
Josh’s mother, Marcia Miller; fiancée, Cameo MacLennan; sister, Jennifer (Larry) Tilleman; aunt, Fran Larson; niece, Mallory Schaub; nephew, Royce Schaub; and a huge number of aunts, uncles, and cousins survive him. Donations in place of flowers may be made to “Tunnel to Towers” (t2t.org) to acknowledge and support our warriors and first responders who continue to make sacrifices for our county, or to a favorite animal sanctuary.