Lakeview Senior Living
Reflections on a Life Well-Lived
Community Relations Specialist
Marshall “Sonny” Miller has followed his dream throughout his life. After serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps, he married his sweetheart, Helen Eisman, and they raised their four children in the San Diego area where Sonny was raised. Sonny and Helen have been married for forty-eight years, and now after many years of caring for his wife with Alzheimer's dementia, he is taking some time in his own life to reflect on his many accomplishments. He worked for a U.S. government contractor, Bermite Powder Company and worked his way to a high security clearance as he built and designed ordnance for the Sidewinder Missiles and pursued and developed other types of explosive materials for the armed forces defense systems. He enjoyed his life's work for over thirty years before retiring to his three-acre property in Ft.Collins. Life events and the ongoing care needed for his wife brought him closer to his family in Lakewood and a move to Lakeview Senior Living in 2012.
Sitting down with Sonny and delving into his very full life is like reading an adventure story. He was a young man of fifteen when his dream became a reality in his life. After watching a movie with his brother and a good friend that was called Lust for Gold, a story filled with murder and greed about the Lost Dutchman Mine, the three young men put together their camping and hiking equipment, and with a few topographical maps, they headed to the SuperstitionMountains east of Phoenix, AZ. This first journey gave life a salty flavor for all of them that could not be quenched for more than sixty years. Sonny reflected on the many trips the group took to the rugged SuperstitionMountains, and he said they never gave up even when they saw the skeletal remains of several gold seekers who had tumbled down the mountainside, been shot to death, or bitten by a snake. Even when they themselves were shot at by another gold seeker, who thought they were straying too close to a coveted gold stake, they stayed the course. Life was exciting for these young men, and only in recent years did they totally stop their adventures to the valleys and mountain crevices where the Lost Dutchman Mine lays waiting to be found. Sonny feels sure it is there just waiting…after all, Jacob Waltz, the Dutchman, gave clues to the mine on his deathbed.
Sonny fills his days enjoying his new friendships at Lakeview and working on scale models of U.S. and British sailing vessels. These models are works of art and were recently displayed to a chorus of “oohs and aahs” during a resident art/craft show at Lakeview. The story of Sonny Miller and his many passions, which include the patience and attention to detail with every hand tied knot and sail on his intricate and beautiful sailing vessels to the recalling of his memories of the Lost Dutchman Mine, is part of a life well lived.
Lakeview Senior Living is located at 7390 W. Eastman Place in Lakewood, CO, and is an independent living community with enhanced living options. Please call Lakeview for more information or to schedule your personal tour and lunch at (303) 988-2848.