A.L. “Windy” Miller, 68, was born in Santa Barbara, California, on May 20, 1951.
His parents, Leslie Franklin Miller and Gene Miller Boothe brought him to Texas at 18 months of age and he always claimed Texas as his home. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Laurie Crouch Miller; two sons and their wives, Les Miller (Jennifer D.) and Lyle Miller (Jennifer A.) and 6 grandchildren, Ashley, Makayla, Wyatt, Ryann, Travis & Kyle; and sister, Jeanine Livingston (Marshall); brother, J.O. Miller (Kathie), along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Windy (& Laurie) graduated from Poteet High School. Windy then attended Southwest Texas Junior College and Southwest Texas State University. He joined the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) in 1974 in the class of 74-D. He served with SAPD for 23 years and 10 months on patrol, the first SWAT team and ROP (Repeat Offenders Program) where he formed many life-long friendships. He retired from the police department to further his private business selling pet supplies and feed.
After selling his business and selling their home in Floresville, Windy (& Laurie) RV’d for another year before accepting the managers position at Braunig Lake RV Resort where they both worked for 10 years. Windy grew into an outstanding comanager sharing many of the skills he learned while being raised in Poteet & Devine. The couple often were heard saying the RV years were their best memories ever!
Windy’s rare cancer, adenoid cystic carcinoma, returned in 2017 after an initial occurrence in 2003. He fought long and hard with medical and natural cures for several years.
Windy was an active cattle rancher working with his dad on Double Bar M Ranch near Pandora. He became a director and state officer for the Independent Cattlemen’s Association which led him to form a local chapter in Floresville, South Central Texas Independent Cattlemen Association. One of the activities he was most proud of was starting the Buck Taylor/SCTICA Team Roping where his friend, Buck Taylor, would come rope. Windy stayed active for many years in ICA attending meetings, helping with various activities and supporting many different fund raisers.
Windy was also an active volunteer for San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. He served as volunteer, Life Member, served on the Horse Show Committee, Vice Chairman of Hall of Fame Committee and Chairman of Hall of Fame Committee, Director, Director Emeritus, and the Trailblazers/Past Chairman’s committee.
Donations can be made to the Stephanie Lynn Sklarr Scholarship Fund, PO Box 1168, Lockhart, TX 78644.
Visitation for Windy were on Friday, January 3 from 5-8 p.m. at the Hurley Funeral Home in Pleasanton. A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, January 4 at 1:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Floresville.