by: Dyana Kelley, President & CEO, California Outdoor Hospitality Association
California Travel Parks Association has lost a founding member and pioneer of the RV park and campground industry. Judy Miller, who served as CTPA Executive Director along with her husband, Alvah “Tug” Miller, lost her battle with myelodysplastic syndrome on July 9th surrounded by family at the age of 84.
Judy and Tug built and operated the Auburn KOA campground in Auburn, CA for more than a decade. They opened their campground in the fall of 1973 and joined the KOA franchise network. Judy served as secretary of the CalNeva KOA Owners Association board in the late 1970s. They sold their park in 1984, three years after becoming co-executive directors of the California Travel Parks Association.
Judy, along with Tug, ran the California state association for more than two decades and played a critical role in ensuring that RV parks and campgrounds were regulated with building and safety standards separate from their mobilehome park counterparts under Title 25 of the California Health and Safety code. Judy managed every aspect of operating the association while Tug handled government affairs,
In addition to spending two decades running the California Travel Parks Association, the Miller’s served on the board of the National Campground Operators Association (NCOA), which later became the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) and were also founding members of Campground Association Management Professionals (C.A.M.P.), an alliance of campground association executives from across the country.
Their passion for and dedication to the industry was unparalleled. Judy will be missed by all that knew her.
A Celebration of Life Saturday is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Auburn Elks Lodge, 195 Pine Street, Auburn, California.
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