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I had the pleasure of meeting Martin Miller in the Douglas County District Court in Lawrence, KS where I worked with him on a case. Martin was a very professional attorney, as well as being a true gentleman. He was as kind, and as compassionate, a person as I ever met in my work in the Courts as a Spanish interpreter. Later, I had the pleasure of meeting two of his sons, and I can say that the fruit fell not far from the tree. His warm kindness, wit, and manner will truly be missed. It was my honor to have met this True Gentleman.
~ James "Jimmy" Calderon - April 30, 2018
I worked with Marty while he was in the DA's office in Lawrence. He was a great attorney and a fabulous person. I do always remember his children being his shining light. Rest in Peace, Marty.
~ Mary Kay Howe - April 27, 2018
Marty was a great friend and mentor to me. He gave me time and advice when I knew he had others things to do. I appreciated the time he spent with me trudging the road to happy destiny. I enjoyed his dry sense of humor. Marty was a kind and gentle man . I feel honored to have known him and to call him a friend.
~ Bryan Smith - April 27, 2018
I first met Marty in the fall of 1982. His law office was on the first floor of the 901 Building in Lawrence and mine was on the third floor. For whatever reason, we hit it off – he from the Bronx and me from just west of the Philadelphia City Line in Delaware County.
Because our respective brand new law businesses were not exactly taking up all of our time, we would shoot the breeze now and again. I liked listening to his thick Bronx brogue. He pronounced my name “Cawl” – just one syllable. I learned about his firefighter father, swimming in college, life guarding (“Cawl, if someone drowned on your shift, you got fired.”), the Hamptons and the consulting business in which he was engaged prior to law school (“Cawl, work expands to fill the time allotted”). I suppose he learned from me that the reputations that Philadelphians enjoy is well deserved. Our conversations ended with Marty telling me: “Well Cawl, good enough.”
From time to time Marcia would bring Matt and Sonny and Martha would bring our son Brendan to the offices and we all hung out for a bit. Though Sonny and Brendan could not yet walk, they managed to get into mischief all the same. Matt, being older, was bemused by their antics. Malcolm was born after I moved on to work in Topeka and I didn’t meet him until I happened into his chair in Mike Amyx’s barber shop a number of years ago.
I moved on to the Kansas A.G.’s Office during the summer of 1985 but we kept in irregular contact. I hung out on a boat with him while he was doing something to judge or time or something at a regatta on Clinton Lake. We members of the young lawyer section of the Douglas County Bar Association helped Marty and Marcia move into the big house at 7th and Louisiana. Gradually we saw less of each other as each us moved on to other things professionally. Marty to the D.A.’s Office and then the Disciplinary Administrator’s Office in Topeka and I to a law firm in Kansas City, Kansas.
I would bump into Marty periodically. Sometimes at the Lawrence Community Theater when Marty ushered. Sonny and Brendan were tennis partners on the Free State team so we saw one another at their matches. They were still mischiefs. Nancy and I met Sarah and the children Anna and Henry at 9th and Massachusetts watching a parade, which I think was the Christmas parade. The children were small, in stroller and snugli, and Marty was thrilled to introduce them to us and we were happy to meet them.
I spoke to Marty for the last time on the phone shortly before he retired. At the end of the conversation, he said what he had been saying to me ever since I have known him when we finished. In that thick Bronx brogue: “Well Cawl, good enough.” The conversation was too short. Marty would tell me not to worry about it for that is water under the bridge and it will have to do. Good enough, my friend.
~ Carl Gallagher - April 27, 2018
I’m thinking back to when my parents brought a new baby home from the hospital. My sisters Pat Joanie and I were so excited to have a baby brother in the family.
Growing up Marty was always busy. He won the New York fire department scholarship at Cardinal Hayes high school. He then went on to New York University to get his law degree. He was on the NYU swim team. I enjoyed going to his meets.
I’m so glad for all the wonderful summers we had on the beach in Hampton. Bays.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his children, my niece and nephews. I will miss him terribly.
Your loving sister, Helen
~ Helen Sorensen - April 26, 2018
I enjoyed visiting with Marty when he came into the Law Library. He was such a talented person and we shared a love of cross stitch...he showed me one of his beautiful pieces that he created with great skill. He loved to show pictures of his kids. He will be missed by all who loved him. A truly wonderful human being.
Kansas Supreme Court Law Library
~ Janice Cook - April 24, 2018
To all of Marty's Family and Friends,
We offer our deepest sympathies and prayers. We are in shock and very sad to lose our great friend so soon. Joe was one of Marty's many close friends during the "Woodlawn Years". Now that we are retired we were hoping to catch up with Marty and his Family. How did he surf in Kansas? Did he still get the Yankees and the Knicks on the radio?
A great guy with an infectious laugh; so many good times! He will be sorely missed by all.
Joe and Jane Costello
~ Joe and Jane Costello - April 23, 2018
My love and sympathy go out to the Miller family and all his friends. He will be greatly missed. I met Martin at Orchard Beach in the Bronx when he was a lifeguard there. I was 15 and he was 19. I was charmed by his wit, storytelling skills, humor and good looks. Lots of great times. Yankee games, swim meets at NYU and hanging out in Woodlawn and City Island. We kept in touch over the years and I always enjoyed his stories and singing that would go on for hours on the phone. His favorite thing to talk about was his wonderful children and all their talents. He was so proud of each of you. I wish you all some peace in knowing how much you were treasured by him. May his stories live on forever!
~ Elissa Eagan Meehan - April 20, 2018
I had the honor and privilege to work with Marty when working for Douglas County Juvenile Court. Every morning, he’d stop by my office and, in that dry Bronx wit, would have me rolling on the floor.
As fate would have it, I ended up moving to the Bronx, myself, for a career change. I asked Marty for any “New York” advice this Kansas kid would need. He simply responded “well, you’ll need a sack of money to start...” He really did, though, give me great nuggets of his Bronx wisdom and overall friendship over the years.
We’ve all lost a great man, a community has lost a persistent member with all of Marty’s hard work in the legal profession, and he will always be missed by his wonderful family and friends.
I can’t help but think back to the many times he so vigorously advocated for kids and disenfranchised over the years and I take peace in knowing his life’s work has changed so many lives...most whom we will never know.
With love and laughter, Marty, until we meet again. You never know who will come in your life and change it until that person is no longer there to call on.
Peace be with the family of Marty Miller during this difficult time and my eternal rest be granted to him.
~ Joe White - April 19, 2018
Martin was a good friend of mine for numerous decades. He always made me feel at home, at ease, and we enjoyed numerous laughs together.
I don’t think I’ve known anyone who could do as many varied activities, and do each of them to perfection, as did Martin.
He was a wonderful cook and housekeeper, he could build, sew, do mechanical work. Everything that comes to mind, he did wonderfully well. He was an avid outdoorsman, and we enjoyed hiking, canoeing, dancing, old movies, and mostly, laughing.
His children were talked about each and every time we spoke - in person or over the phone. He had a gift of making everyone feel special. I think he genuinely felt that way about others. That they were unique.
He was one of a kind. My friend is greatly missed.
A special memory I have of Martin is when he found out I’d never learned how to ride a bike, he arranged to have a helmet and bike ready to take me to a large parking lot and taught me how to ride. I believe it brought him as much joy as it did me.
RIP Martin. May your wonderful spirit be passed down throughout the generations that follow.
~ Ronda Miller - April 19, 2018
May Love & Light help the Miller family and all who loved and knew Marty over these difficult times. I had deep admiration for Martin Miller as a former Lawrence neighbor, a colleague, an Irish-American, and a friend. I met Martin during my time with Douglas County Citizen Review Board. He represented multiple Children-in-Need-of-Care and youth who were court-involved. It was always reassuring to see Martin at a CRB hearing as I knew, as the moderator, the children and youth were in good hands, that he represented and advocated for their best interests at every turn, and consistently. I also knew Martin as an Irish-American. He loved to ask me questions about my native homeland, and we figured out that his "Doyle" family side were possibly from Co. Wexford... He loved telling me stories of what it was like growing up in the Bronx and in NYC as a young Irish-American, and of how his family would take him as a young child to the NYC St. Patrick's Day parades... He even had a Maureen O'Hara story to share... which I believe involved his uncle (if my memory serves me correctly), and a kiss of some sort! I wish now I had taken note of that story in more detail. And he told stories of his NYC friends, Ed Gavagan primarily - who I later found through a remarkable retelling of a very difficult story on the Marshall Project. Martin Miller was also a remarkable parent, and his two youngest children often played with my daughter at the Lawrence Public Pool when they were very little. Martin routinely opened up his house on St. Patrick's Day too, and would cook up a big meal for his older boys, and really relished celebrating that day and doing it in typical, generous and welcoming Irish fashion. More than anything, Martin was a man who understood justice, and who prioritized the rights of children. He lived a life of immense integrity professionally, and was a loving and accepting parent. We have lost a great man, friend and member of our local community. Ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís : as the old Irish goes "We Will Never See His Like Again".
~ Sorcha Hyland - April 19, 2018
I was shocked to hear of Marty's death. I first met him in 1982 when I was working in the District Attorney's office and he was a defense attorney. When he became an Assistant District Attorney, his office was right next to mine and he would often randomly start singing. As most know, he had a beautiful voice and I really enjoyed hearing him sing. One of my favorite memories of Marty is from a Halloween party we both attended, around 1983 or 1984. He had recently helped a friend wallpaper a room in her house. He wrapped himself in the wallpaper and stood quietly next to the wall where he in blended in quite well. I think his choice of costume was perfect to illustrate his dry sense of humor. I remember his laugh, his outspoken attitude and his honest direct way of communicating with people. It was also apparent that he loved his family deeply, his children, his parents and his sisters. Although I haven't seen Marty he moved to Topeka, I will always remember him as a good friend. I am so sorry for your loss and send my condolences to all who loved him.
~ Phyllis Payne - April 19, 2018
Don and I would like to extend our sincere sadness and prayers to Martin's children and family. He was a great next door neighbor and we are missing his presence daily. He was a great conversationalist and didn't hold back sharing his opinions, especially political views. We have great memories of his stories he shared with us about his life in New York. We, have missed his laundry hanging on his clothes line to dry. We could count on that view at least once a week. He was a devoted father and shared his time with his children as much as possible. In speaking with him, we learned that his children were the number one priority in his life.
~ Kathy Constant - April 18, 2018
First I want to say my condolences to Sonny, Malcolm, Matt and all rest of the family. I always loved Martin's slight Bronx accent and his New York sarcasm that came across in his dry sense of humor. Though highly educated he never looked down his nose at me. Most of my memories of him are from encounters at the La Prima Tazza Coffee shop where he and a host of other regulars hung out some years ago. He would always talk proudly of his three sons. Later when he married and started his second family, his son Malcolm would give me updates on Martin's life. Malcolm, like his Dad, was very happy and proud of his new siblings. Martin's most memorable legal advice was, "Jim, don't admit to anything". Now that is one of the wisest things, I have ever been told.
~ James Lee - April 13, 2018
I’m so very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Marty loved to share stories of his boys and their lives and was always so proud. I was blessed to know Marty working with him at the DA office. Sonny and my daughter Jessica both went to UCDC at First United Methodist as well. He was very kind and he will be missed.
~ Linda Virtue-Horn - April 12, 2018
Marty was one of the first ADAs I worked with when I joined the Douglas County District Attorney's Office in 1987. He was always kind and so easy to work with. He had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh at the absurdities of life. Later, when he was in private practice, my husband Gus and I would sometimes share lunch with him at the bagel shop down the street. There are so many memories and stories to tell in between, but suffice it to say, he will be greatly missed.
~ Kris (Bates) Vakas-McClelland - April 12, 2018
Guys: Words cannot describe my thoughts and feelings upon learning of the passing of your Dad and, my very good friend, Marty. May the hand of God and your faith in Him be with you in this difficult time.
~ Al Lopes - April 12, 2018
I became acquainted with Marty when we began our legal careers at roughly the same time and both had offices at 901 Kentucky in Lawrence. As a member of the “young lawyers” slow pitch softball team in the 1980s, Marty will be forever remembered for his allegiance to the wooden bat in the age of aluminum. I enjoyed his company immensely and will miss my friend.
~ Michael Heck - April 9, 2018
Martin was president of the Lawrence Civic Choir when I joined the choir. He so enjoyed singing and his joy about singing was contagious! I will miss him and the opportunity to visit with him. Jean Milstead
~ Jean Milstead - April 9, 2018
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