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Community mourns Roger Miller

Community mourns Roger Miller
Roger L. Miller 1945-2014

Area residents continue to mourn a man who served the La Vernia community literally until his final hour.

Roger Miller, 68, of La Vernia died in a multi-vehicle crash March 26 that occurred approximately 15 minutes after the conclusion of a Floresville Electric Light & Power System (FELPS) board of trustees meeting. Miller since January had served as an advisory board member, volunteering to represent the city after Marlin Tannenbeger’s term ended in December.

“At a recent council meeting in...January, our city council faced a dilemma of appointing a representative to the FELPS...Board, and Roger graciously volunteered, said La Vernia Mayor Robert Gregory. “I’m truly saddened that this tragic accident happened on his way home from one of those meetings.”

Miller was traveling eastbound on S.H. 97 at approximately 8:45 a.m. in a Honda Ridgeline pickup truck. At that moment, 67-year-old Robert Lazcano of Sutherland Springs was traveling westbound on S.H. 97 in a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup truck. According to Trooper Anthony Flores, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, Lazcano attempted to avoid striking a stray dog that was in the roadway. His vehicle was struck in the rear by a westbound Peterbilt semi towing an empty flatbed trailer, driven by 45-year-old James Kemp of Caldwell. The impact sent Lazcano’s vehicle into the eastbound lane, where it collided almost head-on with Miller’s vehicle.

Wilson County Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Jim Burdette pronounced Miller dead at the scene. Lazcano was flown from the scene via Methodist AirCare to University Hospital in San Antonio, where he remained in stable condition, according to hospital spokesman Sylvia Garcia March 31. Kemp was not injured.

FELPS General Manger Kyle Dicke, upon learning of Miller’s death, said, “On behalf of the Floresville Electric Light and Power System family, we are deeply saddened to hear of Trustee Miller’s passing.... Mr. Miller had a great impact on the Board of Trustees and he represented the City of La Vernia quite admirably.... He will be missed and our thoughts and prayers are with the Miller family.”

Miller served for more than 28 years with the San Antonio Police Department, before retiring as a detective. He then went on to serve 10 years as a sergeant with the La Vernia Police Department, before serving a term as a councilman here.

Miller’s community involvement also included the La Vernia Lions Club. He became a member in August 2007, and held several leadership roles.

“Lion Roger was also active in the Lions KidSight program which provides vision screening for young children, and education to parents about the importance of good vision in children,” said La Vernia Lions Club President Alycia C. Tretta.

She added, “You could count on Lion Roger lending a helping hand at every Lions Club event. He truly exemplified our Lions Club ’We Serve’ motto and will be dearly missed by the La Vernia Lions and our community.”

Miller was laid to rest March 31 in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. ...

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