Obituary: Joseph "Jody" DeMott Millward
Joseph "Jody" DeMott Millward died unexpectedly Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Phoenix with family by his side. Jody was born Sunday, Aug. 26, 1939, to James Gwynne (J.G.) and Mary Violet Millward in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was a happy, content baby with big blue eyes and rosy cheeks and the oldest of four children.
His family moved from Idaho Falls to Parker, Idaho, in 1944 and operated a grocery store and butcher business there until 1952. They went back to Idaho Falls and then finally settled in Warden, Wash., in 1953, where they opened Millward's Market. Jody learned the family trade and developed his musical abilities, singing and playing the trumpet, piano and guitar.
After high school graduation, he served in the Air Force Reserves while attending Brigham Young University. Later he was assigned to labor as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Southwest Indian Mission. In 1964, he met and married LaNae Hill. After receiving his master's degree from BYU in Parks and Recreation Education, he took a job in Moses Lake, Wash., as assistant parks and recreation director. In 1973 they moved their family to Kingman, where Jody accepted the position of parks and recreation director. Following his work with the city of Kingman, Jody worked in various professions, including the insurance industry and radio advertising. Throughout this time Jody and LaNae raised eight children. In 1996 he and LaNae divorced.
In 2004 he married Alice Kucera. They lived in Mesa for five years while he worked as a landscape contractor. Later he took a job with Mohave Community College as a groundskeeper, which brought him and Alice back to Kingman. In 2014 they moved to Coolidge, Ariz., to facilitate further career opportunities.
Jody has always been an active member of the LDS Church and served diligently in many callings. He was a lifetime Scouter. Jody had a great love for Native American people and reveled in their heritage and culture. Music and performing were a huge part of his life and he was a great dance partner. He was known for his sense of humor and his charismatic personality.
Jody was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Anthony Millward; his sons, Quinn and Bryce Millward; his sons-in-law, John Smedley and Joshwa Woirhaye; and his grandson, Griffin Millward. He is survived by his wife, Alice Millward of Coolidge; Ann (Dan) McGregor, sister, Kuna, Idaho; James (LaRee) Millward, brother, Boise, Idaho; and his children, Cody (Keri) Millward, Derby, Kan.; Gard Millward, West Valley City, Utah; Jynnae Smedley, Chubbuck, Idaho; Dell (Tilly) Millward, Las Vegas, Nev.; Annique (Jed) Dayley, Chubbuck, Idaho; Curtis (Megan) Millward, Pocatello, Idaho; Shawn (Andrea) Croskey, Salem, Oregon; Jeremy Croskey, Tempe, Ariz.; Brett (Holli) Croskey, Prescott, Ariz.; Ryan Croskey, Mesa, Ariz.; Corey Croskey, Henderson, Nev.; Amber Woirhaye, Tempe, Ariz.; Mindy Croskey, Mesa, Ariz.; and numerous grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held in his honor at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, at the LDS Church (580 9th St.) in Coolidge, Ariz. The family will receive guests from 9:30-10:30 a.m.