Dan W. McMillan


Obituary Notice

Dan W. McMillan, 76, of Little Rock, died Friday, April 16, 2004 in Little Rock. He was a career employee of Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., working there for over 35 years before retiring. Dan was born in Commerce, Texas on November 14, 1927, the son of Bonnice and Bryan McMillan. 

He attended high school in Memphis, Texas and received a Bachelors degree in 1949 and a Masters degree in History in 1951, both from East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce. He served in the US Navy from 1945 to 1946 and in the US Air Force from 1951 to 1953. He began working at Southwestern Bell in 1954, after briefly working as a newspaper reporter in Pampa, Texas. Dan worked in Fort Worth, St. Louis, and Houston before settling in Little Rock for the rest of his career, rising to the position of Division Staff Supervisor of Public Relations. Since his retirement, he has volunteered his time as an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau of Arkansas. Dan was very involved in professional organizations, serving as President of both the Arkansas Advertising Federation and the Arkansas chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. 

He was active in many community organizations, serving as an officer in the United Way of Pulaski County and the Little Rock Jaycees. Dan was interested in education, speaking to Journalism students at several state colleges, including the University of Arkansas, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Arkansas State University. He was also active in youth sports, coaching baseball and football teams for many years. 

Dan is survived by his wife of 47 years, Shirley Anne McMillan of Little Rock; his son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Terri McMillan, of North Little Rock and their three children, Meredith, Allison, and Mason; his son Craig, of Little Rock; and his son Kevin, of Little Rock, and Kevin's daughter Amanda. He is also survived by his cousin Harry E. O'Neill and his wife Anne, of Bullard, Texas. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 211 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock, Ark. 

A private service will be held with the Rev. Ken Davenport presiding.


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  • Bill and Sue Lewis
    Little Rock, Arkansas 
    Email: m3311@hotmail.com
  • We will always have Dan in our thoughts and prayers.
    Jacqueline Guinee White 
    Hot Springs, Arkansas
    Email: ladyjackie@cablelynx.com
  • Dan was a tremendous pleasure to work with, always very interesting and will be greatly missed. I pray the family will find strength in your faith and peace in your special memories of Dan.
    Angelia J. Tolbert 
    Arbitrator and Board Member
    Arkansas Better Business Bureau 
    Little Rock, Arkansas
    Email: angeliatolbert@yahoo.com
  • Our Prayers and thoughts are with you in this time of loss. Sincerely, 
    Marty & Leslie Brandon and Family
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Our prayers are with you during this time of loss. God bless you and your family and may you find comfort through his Word.
    Brad and Natalie Crawford 
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • We remember with joy the many happy times we shared with Shirley and Dan over the years. Our thoughts go back to the telephone pioneer conventions in the old days when our hearts and - yes bodies - were young and gay. We could dance all night! We will miss Dan. A good friend and a kind and generous human being.
    Carl and Barbara Woodyear 
    North Little Rock, Arkansas
    Email: cwoodyear@aol.com
  • My sincere sympathy to your entire family. My son, Doug, and Craig have been friends since high school. Craig is one of the few high school friends with whom Doug is still in contact.
    Carolyn Temple 
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Doug & Missy Temple 
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Dan was our favorite uncle, he always showed a interest in us. He will be missed greatly, I will miss the visits and the fact he would fix a big breakfast for us. I enjoyed the time I spent with him. He has been a wonderful blessing to our family. 
    Love, Gay Lynne.
    Gay Lynne Brown 
    Fort Worth, Texas
  • We have enjoyed knowing Dan ƒor approximately 24 yrs. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
    Bill and Donna Evans 
    Rogers, Arkansas
  • We will miss Uncle Dan much! He has always shown kindness and love to me and my family. Aunt Shirley and family, We are praying for God's peace to your peace during this time. We love you.
    Derek, Angie, Courtney, and Brooklyn Brown 
    Saginaw, Texas 
    Email: jderekbrown@hotmail.com
  • Pops- this is alli! i will never forget u or all the things we did together! like playing cards n gettin icees n going to the movies! im so sorry i never came n saw u in the hospital i wish now i would of but i never thought i wouldnt be able to see u agian! we are all gonna take good care of GG so dont worry bout her! but ill see u agian one day! i love u!
    allison mcmillan, granddaughter
    north little rock, arkansas
  • My prayers and thoughts are with the whole Mc Millan family.
    Paula Doan 
    Little Rock, Arkansas 
  • Mike- we were so sorry to hear about your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family. 
    Melanie and Ric Orintas
    Little Rock, Arkansas 
    Email: melanieorintas@hotmail.com
  • Our most sincere sympathies to the McMillan family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. May the peace of the Lord be with you. Mr. Mac was a very kind and caring father, neighbor, and coach. Thank you for so many things - all those trips to the cabin, teaching me how to ski, teaching the correct way to make a block in football and I will never forget the Best Christmas decorations in the neighborhood.
    Dale & Lisa Quickel and family 
    Little Rock, Arkansas 
    Email: dquickel@clutheran.org
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless your family with strength, comfort, and peace. Thank you for all those years as wonderful friends and neighbors.
    Jim and Bea Quickel 
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Shirley, Mike, Craig and Kevin, I have really enjoyed visiting with both Dan and Shirley at various "grandchildren" functions over the years. You have both always been so kind, thoughtful and generous to us. Dan will truly be missed. We are praying for all of you. 
    Burke and Kristi Brackett
    Rogers, Arkansas
  • We will always consider ourselves fortunate to have had Dan and you as friends for most of our lives. I always admired Dan. That's why we named our oldest son Dan. Love to you and the family. 
    Joe and Judy McClellan
    Email: jandjmcclellan@earthlink.net
  • Craig, We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. You and your family are in our thoughts and we pray you find strength and joy in the memories you hold. Remember, we are always here for you.
    Jay and Margie 
    Little Rock, Arkansas