Oct. 12, 1971 – Dec. 21, 2013
Bronzell LaJames Miller of Milwaukee was called by Jesus to his heavenly home on Dec. 21, 2013, at the age of 42, from complications of multiple myeloma cancer.
Bronzell was born in Seattle, Wash., on Oct. 12, 1971, to Edward Miller and Brenda Williams Lee. He grew up in Federal Way, Wash., and attended Federal Way High School, where he excelled at football, basketball, and theater. After high school, he attended junior college at Eastern Arizona for one year, and then received a scholarship to play football at the University of Utah. Bronzell was drafted in the 1995 NFL Draft, and played 6 years of professional football. The highlight of his football career was winning the 1998 Canadian Football League Grey Cup Championship.
Bronzell’s passion for sports continued in his years beyond football, while he worked as a fitness trainer in the Lake Country area and coached basketball and football. He also worked as an actor, appearing in feature films, television shows, and commercials, and was a member of the Screen Actors Guild. Bronzell enjoyed singing in the church choir and writing song lyrics.
While undergoing cancer treatment, he finished his bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and had just finished his master’s degree at Concordia University at the time of his death.
Bronzell’s life is measured not by his accomplishments or athletic awards, however.
Bronzell will be most remembered by the blessing of nine loving children between the ages of 5 and 21, who are being cared for by their mothers.
Bronzell is survived by his nine children: Isaac, Arielle, Aaliyah, Isaiah, and Breonne Miller of Oconomowoc; Elijah, Breezell, and Bronzell Miller Jr. of West Jordan, Utah; and Alesha Wilson of Keller, Texas. He also had one stepson, Stetson Oliver, of West Jordan. Bronzell is also survived by his first wife, Marnie Oliver of West Jordan, and his second wife, Jane Krohn of Oconomowoc; his parents, Brenda and Ronald Lee, of Tacoma, Wash. and Edward Miller of Seattle, and his brothers and sisters: Edward Miller, Deshun Miller, Ronetha Lee, and David Lee.
Funeral services were held at Southside Christian Church in West Jordan on Dec. 24, with burial immediately following at Ben Lomond Cemetery in North Ogden, Utah.
Memorials may be made to the family for purposes of the Miller children’s education at: Miller Children, P.O. Box 535, Oconomowoc, WI 53066.