This biographical sketch adaped from the "News of
the Church: Elder Dale E. Miller of the Seventy" in the Ensign,
May 1997 on the occasion of his call to the Second Quorum of the Seventy.
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
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.
In October 2006, Elder Miller was extended an honorable release from the Second Quorum of Seventy and given a vote of thanks from a grateful Church in General Conference Assembled.