Michael Jeffrey Miller

COLUMBIA — Michael Jeffrey Miller had a passion for theater, which led him to the MU department of theatre.

In his three years in the department, he collected numerous awards and accolades for his playwrights and theater design. The Region 5 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival awarded Mr. Miller a Certificate of Recognition for his sound design for “How I Learned to Drive.” His playwright, “Trouble the Mash,” was also one of the top-ranked one-act plays at the festival.

Mr. Miller of Columbia died of muscular dystrophy Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. He was 22.

Mr. Miller was born Oct. 6, 1988, in Jefferson City to Lori Ann Miller.

Mr. Miller lived with his mother; grandmother, Barbara Testerman; and brother, Chris Miller, until graduating from Jefferson City High School as a National Merit Scholar in 2007.

Mr. Miller was a lifelong supporter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and played a role in the organization from a young age. He became an MDA Ambassador, participated in telethons, local events and seminars to help raise money and spread awareness about muscular dystrophy.

Mr. Miller is survived by his mother, Lori Ann Miller and her husband, Mike Brown, of Freeburg; his brother, Chris Miller, of Columbia; his grandparents, Barbara and Ronnie Testerman, of Jefferson City; his great-grandmother, Imogene Elbert, of Seneca; and his uncle, Russell Testerman, of Columbia.

A memorial gathering will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 Tenth St. N., Columbia.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the MU department of theatre or the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Tributes may be posted at