John “Cory” Millican was an incredibly loving husband, father and grandfather who left this world too soon on December 26, 2021 at age 51. With the exception of six years in Utah, Cory lived his entire life in Arizona. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Robert and Lonnette Jean Millican. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had a strong, selfless desire to put God’s will before his own.
Cory was a continuous learner. As a computer software engineer, he was persistently improving his knowledge and had a thirst for enhancing his skills and implementing more efficiency into his work. He cherished his friendships in the workplace and held them all in high regard. He always said he wished he was as smart as them.
He was a quiet, reserved man to those not close to him but his quick wit and encouraging remarks made those who knew him feel valued, loved and empowered to be their best. Large in stature, he was often referred to as a gentle giant with a gruff exterior and a heart of gold.
Cory struggled with significant medical conditions throughout his life though you would never hear him complain. He courageously pushed through, against all odds, fighting to the very end, even with his last breath conveying his undying love for his family.
When it came to his family he loved hard and was self-sacrificing. He treasured his wife, Christina and six children Cambria (Nathan) Zollinger, Colby, Caden (Lucy), Cecily (Kyle), Claire and Charlie and grandsons Maddux and Everett who will continue to honor his legacy by living their lives to the fullest.
Cory has an enormous, empathetic heart and it pained him greatly to be aware of someone else’s strugglings. He adored and would’ve done anything for his sister Karson (Patrick) Neel, his brothers Timothy (Kim) and Philip (Jessica) and many cousins, neices and nephews.
Cory was one of the good ones, one of the best, and he will be greatly missed. Keep the lights flickering babe. We’ll be watching.
Funeral services will be January 5, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. with a visitation preceding, beginning at 9am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building located at 3580 E Houston Ave in Gilbert.