Born in Stockton, CA on Nov 3, 1935, Tom was the son of the late Gertrude and Ben Miller. He was the youngest of three children with an older sister and brother. He grew up in Stockton, CA, and after high school, Tom entered the Air Force where he spent four years mostly in the south - Texas and Louisiana. After coming out of the Air Force, he moved to Sacramento and started working at Aerojet. He met his wife, Marilyn, in Sacramento. They lived in Sacramento for the next seven years while he worked at Aerojet, and had two daughters, Barbara and Susan. They then moved to Livermore so he could start work at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a measurements specialist in the Mechanical Engineering department. While working at the Lab, Tom started playing table tennis during the lunch hour and eventually progressed to play in outside tournaments and became nationally ranked. He started traveling around to play in tournaments all over the US, eventually becoming a global umpire where he officiated in two Olympics (Seoul - 1988 and Sydney - 2000) and was the only table tennis umpire from the US at both events. He was inducted into the Table Tennis Hall of Fame in 2001. He enjoyed traveling all over the world as a table tennis umpire. Table tennis was truly his passion, only retiring in his late 70’s.
He is survived by his wife Marilyn; daughter Barbara and husband Vince Farfan of Manteca; daughter Sue and husband Mike Sylvia of El Dorado Hills; grandsons Alexander and David; and granddaughter Lauren. He was preceded in death by his brother Dennis and sister Marilyn.
Tom was a dedicated son, husband, father and grandfather, and will be deeply missed.
Callaghan Mortuary is honored to be serving the Miller family. An online guestbook is available for condolences at www.callaghanmortuary.com.