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From: The Nevada Appeal, Sunday, Feb 28, 1999. BELOVED PASTOR GORDON MILLARD DIES. Gordon Millard in his long and successful life accomplished more and touched the lives of more people in the Carson City area than can be estimated. Millard died at his Carson residence Saturday of natural causes. He was 97. Dwight Millard, owner of the construction company that Gordon founded in the early 1960's, said his father performed more than 25,000 wedding ceremonies locally. "Everywhere I went the last few years, people would ask me, 'how's your dad?'" the younger Millard recalled. "He was a remarkable old guy." The Rev. Millard was born on Dec. 14, 1901, in Oklahoma. He was a pastor in Oklahoma, Iowa and Nebraska and came to Carson City in 1961 after living for a time in Hawthorne. He was an ordained minister of the Assemblies of God Church and performed wedding ceremonies in the Royal Wedding Chapel behind George Meyers Hardware Store at Curry and Musser Streets, today the site of houses. A significant portion of the long-time married couples in Carson City were married by Rev. Millard. "When he first came here, weddings were real popular in Carson City," Dwight Millard explained. "Hundreds of people were married by him. Each wedding anniversary he and my mom would celebrate during the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, would draw big crowds." Gordon was married to his wife, Florence, for 72 years. She preceded him in death in 1995. Besides officiating at weddings and founding a landmark building business named for him, Rev. Millard saw a bright future for Carson City. "What was formerly the Sierra Vista Hotel is now part of the Plaza Hotel. That was property my father bought back in 1961," Dwight Millard said. "He predicted then the site would be ideal for a hotel." Rev. Millard remained active in the community until just a few years ago. He was loved by people in the community for his humanity and kindness. He had a great sense of humor, his son recalled. "Dad was driving up until two years ago," he said. "He went into the Department of Motor Vehicles and they asked him how far he could see. He told them, 'I can see the moon. How far is that?'" A viewing will be held at Walton's Chapel of the Valley on Roop Street in Carson City from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. A funeral will be held at the Capitol Christian Center, 1600 Snyder Ave., Thursday at 2 p.m., with burial to follow at Walton's Chapel of the Valley. Following the burial, a rememberance ceremony for family and friends will be held at Empire Ranch, property Rev. Millard once owned. He had five children, 16 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. "Of those, 23 live in the Carson City area," Dwight said.
- Deb
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