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 John Alton Mills, Sr

John Alton Mills, Sr

Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois, USA
Death 25 Jan 2010 (aged 77)
Midland, Midland County, Texas, USA
Burial Garden City, Glasscock County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 82130307 · View Source
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John Alton Mills, Sr. John Alton Mills, Sr. passed away January 25, 2010 in the Inpatient Hospice Unit of Midland Memorial Hospital.

He was born February 23, 1932 in Galesburg, Illinois to Lewis Craig Mills and Jesse Carlton Mills.

As a young boy, he lived in Texarkana, Texas, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Augusta, Georgia before settling in Lubbock, Texas where he began first grade. He attended Lubbock schools except for one year when he attended Highland Park High School in Dallas.

He graduated from Lubbock High School in 1947 where he played football and then attended Texas Tech University where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1951. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. While at Tech, his friends fondly bestowed upon him the nickname of Moose. He was a member of the winning all college intermural basketball team and also played city league softball during his years at Tech and as a young man in Midland.

He married Frances Cox on December 27, 1951 and started his career in crude oil purchasing and sales with the Texas Company in Midland on June 1, 1952. He spent 11 years with Texaco.

In the following years he formed his own crude oil company which he later sold. He opened an office in Midland for Western Crude Oil where he was vice president. Later, he formed Lantern Petroleum with Cy Wagner and Jack Brown. The company was sold 21 years later to Cornerstone Propane where he was a consultant. In 2002, he and his son, Steve, formed a new company, LPC Crude, where he continued to work until his death.

He was a charter member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, now Trinity Presbyterian, and later joined First Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon and an elder. He served as president of the Midland High Bulldog Booster Club, Chairman of the Young Life Committee, vice president of Texas Tech Ex Students Association, Midland Chair of the Chancellor's Council at Texas Tech, trustee and member of the Board of Governors of the Museum of the Southwest, member of the Board of Trustees of Midland Community Theatre, board member of the Midland Council on Alcoholism, president of the Permian Basin Crude Oil Association, president of The Racquet Club, and a member of the Board of Directors of The Petroleum Club.

John and Frances bought and restored the oldest guest ranch in Colorado, the 7W Guest Ranch in Sweetwater, and ran it for several years. During that time he acquired land in the Sweetwater Valley where the guest ranch was located. After selling the guest ranch, they built a house there and continued to ranch and spend time in Colorado with family and friends as he had every summer as a youth on his mother's family ranch in Eastern Colorado.

He is survived by his wife and children; John Mills, Jr and wife, Tammy, of Houston and their children, Morgan Mills and Dillon Mills; Melinda Williamson and children, Claire Williamson and George Williamson; and Steve Mills and wife, Dodie, and their children, Talia Mills, Micah Mills, and Kalin Harvard. He is also survived by a sister, Marion Lutkins, of Casper, Wyoming and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Dr. Lewis Craig Mills of Philadelphia. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 27, at First Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to First Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Texas, Midland, Texas 79701; Hospice Inpatient Unit at Midland Memorial Hospital, 911 W. Texas, Midland, Texas 79701; the Vangie Lindsey Art Scholarship at Midland College, 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, Texas 79705; or Hillcrest School, 3510 North A Street, Midland, Texas 79705.

Arrangements are by Nalley-Pickle & Welch of Midland.




  • Added: 18 Dec 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 82130307
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Alton Mills, Sr (23 Feb 1932–25 Jan 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 82130307, citing Garden City Cemetery, Garden City, Glasscock County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by LADONNA GREER COLLETT (contributor 46996248) .