Judd Everett Mills
"Old storytellers never die. They disappear into their own
-Vera Nazarian, author
On October 8th, at the age of 79, Judd Everett Mills passed into his own story after a short illness.
Judd's story began right here in Sandy, Oregon. The son of Jerome Edison Mills and Dorothy Aschoff Mills, he attended Sandy Elementary School and graduated from Sandy High School in 1959. In 1966 he made the incredibly wise decision to marry Dorothy Proett, and their story
continued together. Judd was happiest at home and,
with the exception of his years in the military, he lived
in the Sandy area his entire life. Judd and Dorothy lived
the majority of their 54 years together on an acreage on
Firwood Rd, raising three children there.
Judd devoted his life to working with children. He
used his creative and entertaining skills as an elementary
teacher in Gresham, a children's librarian at the Sandy
Public Library, a Sunday School teacher and children's
message presenter at the Eagle Creek Presbyterian Church, and a devoted father and grandfather. He encouraged and inspired countless children along the way.
An avid reader, Judd was especially passionate
about children's books, even penning and illustrating
his own stories for friends and grandchildren.
In his later years he was fond of quoting the late, great,
"How did it get so late so soon?
It's night before it's afternoon.
December is here before it's June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?"
The doctors will say that he died of heart failure, but
we all know that's not true. His heart never failed. He
gave a piece of it to each of us so that we can continue
to tell his story. We just wish it hadn't gotten so late, so
He will be deeply missed by his wife Dorothy, son
Tony (Debra), daughters Kristin (Kelvin) and Marjorie
(Brian), grandsons Alex, Evan, Ian, and JP, and a great
number of neighbors and friends.
At Judd's request, there will be no service. In lieu of
flowers, a memorial contribution may be given to the
Eagle Creek Presbyterian Church, "ECPC Neighbors
Helping Neighbors" fund at PO Box 487, Eagle Creek,