It is with heavy hearts that we announce the untimely passing of Miles Courtney King, a beloved son, brother, father, partner, and friend. Miles was born on September 9, 1976, in Portland, Oregon, and tragically departed this world on November 17 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Miles (Courtney) was a proud graduate of Gresham High School (1994), where he showcased his commitment to learning and personal growth. His academic journey continued at Portland State University, where he further cultivated his passion for knowledge and understanding. Miles’s dedication to education was a testament to his insatiable curiosity and determination.
Courtney was very intelligent and had a thirst for knowledge that was constant. He taught himself to play guitar (very well), learned to fly, was mechanically inclined, and was a whiz with anything tech. He was fluent in Spanish, and In recent years he taught himself to fly drones and took some amazing footage from up high. He was also a self-taught, avid photographer and a life-long Raiders football fan.
In June he became a father, and he was beaming with pride over his new baby boy, Miles. He was also proud to be a member of the Sagebrush Church in Albuquerque where he was baptized last year.
Tragically, Courtney’s promising journey was cut short when he was involved in a fatal motorcycle accident on his way to work. The news of his passing has left a void in the hearts of those who knew him, and the community mourns the loss of a compassionate soul.
Courtney is survived by his son, Miles King Jr, mother, Jeryl King, sisters, Kim Weithman (Don), Andrea Schurg (Dennis), April Strazza (Ralph), Jessica McGowan (Jared), half-sister, Katie King, stepmother (Emily King), his devoted girlfriend (Leeanna Ruper) and her son, Ace, whom Courtney treated as his own, and a vast extended family. His memory will live on through the love and laughter he shared with those closest to him.
In addition to his immediate family, Miles leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends who cherished his presence in their lives. He was preceded in death by both his paternal and maternal grandparents and, most notably, his father, Miles Alfred King Jr. who departed just two years ago.
A memorial service to celebrate Miles’s life will be held at Gresham United Methodist Church on Friday, December 22 at 12:00. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the college fund established for Baby Miles. Donations may be sent to Edward Jones @ 134 South Montana St., Dillon, MT 59725.
Miles Courtney King will be remembered for his kindness, warmth, sense of humor, infectious smile, and love for his family. May his soul rest in peace, and may his memory be a source of comfort and strength during this difficult time.