Douglas Gilliam Millan
Douglas Gilliam Millan
  • June 15, 1956 - March 17, 2017
  • Raleigh, North Carolina

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Douglas Gilliam Millan was born in Carle Place, NY on June 15, 1956. Douglas joined the Durham Police Department in 1978 and served with distinction for 20 years, earning the ranks of Master Officer and Corporal. During his time he also served as an investigator with the Organized Crime and Drug Division. He received both the Veterans of Foreign Wars Police Officer of the Year Award and the Law Enforcement Award by the Durham Optimist Club.

Douglas moved on to join the North Carolina Alcohol Testing Branch as a lead instructor teaching Breathalyzer testing certification. While at the Testing Branch, Douglas was awarded the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine from the Governor for distinguished service to the State.

After retirement from the State, he returned to police work with the Rolesville Police Department, and the Creedmoor Police Department where he served as Sergeant. He retired from Creedmoor in 2013. While working in law enforcement, Douglas earned Associate degrees in Law Enforcement and Fire Science from Durham Technical College.

Douglas is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Millan and Siggy, his miniature schnauzer who adored Doug. Mrs. Millan is the Instructional Resource Teacher at Leesville Road Elementary School in Raleigh. He is survived by his beloved brother Doc Ryan, Glenn, Charles, Jim, and a sweet sister Pam Millan.

He loved his mother-in-law, Jean Marie Farmer of Royse City, TX, whom he called Mom and considered his second mother; sisters-in-law Becky Jonczak and husband Larry of Rockwall, TX, Ann Marie Dunlap of Erie, PA, and Rachel Farmer, Royse City, TX; brother-in-law Matthew Farmer and wife Judy of Manassas, VA. Douglas had many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews whom he loved.

He is pre-deceased by his parents, James and Geraldine Millan and his beloved twin brother, Bruce.

Douglas was a loving husband to his wife that he cherished so deeply, a loving brother, and a loving son. He will be deeply missed by all those officers whose lives he touched as a devoted mentor to the younger officers who worked under him, and by all those in the community whose lives he so frequently touched by the compassion he showed to them.

Douglas was a member of the Masons.

Family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 6-8 pm at Mitchell Funeral Home (7209 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh). Services Celebrating Doug's Life will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 11 am at the funeral home chapel.