“Elder Dale E. Miller Of the Seventy,” Ensign, May 1997, 106
After spending more than 30 years in various management enterprises, Elder Dale E. Miller, a newly called member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, says he is very willing to devote full-time service to the Lord.
Born on 2 April 1936 in Los Angeles, he spent his youth in California until his mission to Uruguay in 1956. “As a young child of five I became aware of the Savior,” says Elder Miller, who, along with two brothers, was raised by his mother. “At the age of 16, I received my patriarchal blessing, which talked of my serving a mission. I hadn’t thought much about it, but by the time I was 18 I knew it was right.”
Following his mission, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, then a master’s degree in international management from the University of Southern California. He married Laurel Lee Chandler on 24 June 1960.
After accepting a position in Palo Alto, California, he served as a counselor to then-bishop Henry B. Eyring in the Stanford Ward. In time he served as bishop, then high councilor. In 1979, he was called to preside over the Venezuela Caracas Mission. Four of the Millers’ five children accompanied them to South America. Upon his return, he was called as president of the Menlo Park California Stake.
He spent 12 years as an executive of Syntex, a pharmaceutical company, then was a cofounder of Zenger-Miller, a management training company. For the past eight years, he has been a business adviser to international high-technology companies in their early stages.
Not long ago, he and his wife felt inspired that they should sell their home, not knowing where they might go. Two days after it sold, he was contacted for a call to serve as an Area Authority in the North America Southeast Area. He and his wife made their home in Puerto Rico, where he has been involved in helping to strengthen the Church, primarily in the Caribbean. Some of his work has been to help introduce the welfare services program into the Caribbean. He has also helped organize two stakes in Puerto Rico.
“I am grateful to use my management experience in serving the Lord by helping to train new leaders,” he says.