Arthur Millette Jr. was taken November 23, 2012, by the angels with his family by his side, at his home he loved in Jacksonville, Ore. He was born June 29, 1944, in Los Angeles, Calif., and grew up in Baldwin Park, Calif. His father, Art (Chief), was with the merchant marines and at Pearl Harbor during the attack, and his mother, Lila Robertson, a hard working Rosie the Rivetor. He was drafted on his 21st birthday and served two years in Vietnam in the 95th Advisory Team, Army Intelligence Recon Patrol, Jungle Warfare.
He returned home to start his 30-year career with the Los Angeles County Fire Dept (what he considered the best fire dept. in the world). He talked very much about the brotherhood and lifelong friendships he was privileged to be a part of. He particularly loved extrication and being the tillerman. He worked his last 20 years at Baldwin Park Station 29, his hometown.
Art retired in 1999 to Jacksonville, Ore. to enjoy his passions, snow skiing, biking, camping, river rafting, drag racing and cooking his beloved dishes for his family and friends.
He was a beloved husband to Susan; father to Bryan Hawkins and Desiree Furnish (John), his little boogie boo. Art and his family wish to thank his Asante hospice nurse Marsha, his physicians, and his many cherished family and friends for their support through his courageous battle of the big C.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. Art disliked funerals but did request a flag ceremony at Station 29 in Baldwin Park December 29, 2012, 11:00 a.m.
One of Art's famous lines that he enjoyed in greeting It's a great day for the race the human race.