It is with great sadness and significant loss that we announce the sudden passing of Larry Miletta, 57, on Nov. 17, 2014.
Larry was born May 19, 1957 to Roy and Sue Miletta in Salem. Larry graduated from McNary High School in 1976, and then went on to complete his Associates Degree at Chemeketa Community College.
In 1980, he began his firefighting career with the Salem Fire Department. Soon after, he met his future wife, Doneva Gooch, in 1981. They married on May 10, 1986 at the First United Methodist Church. Two years later, in 1988, he was promoted to the rank of captain with the Salem Fire Department. Later that same year, they welcomed their first child, Brandon Joseph Miletta. They then welcomed their daughter, Amber May, in 1993.
Larry retired from the Salem Fire Department in 2012 after 32 years of dedicated service. Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking and was an enthusiast of sports, history, politics and science.
Larry is survived by his wife, Doneva; son, Brandon; daughter, Amber; mother, Sue; siblings: David, Lisa, and Lora; brother in-law Daryl Gooch (Sue); sister in-law Linda Walker (Louis); nephews: Troy Miletta, Daniel Miletta, Ryan Martinmaas, Jon Walker and Darren Gooch; nieces: Nikki Dayton, April Harris, Mindy Walker and Shelley Watts. He was predeceased by his father, Roy Miletta.
The memorial service took place on Monday, Nov. 24 at The First Methodist Church at 600 State Street, Salem.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Center for Hope & Safety, 605 Center Street NE, Salem, OR and Salem-Keizer Education Foundation, Attn: West Salem High School Memory Garden, 233 Commercial Street NE, Salem, OR 97301. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.