Miller, Frank Leslie (Les), 84, passed away on December 29, 2020, from Covid. Les was born on April 4, 1937, in Moscow, Idaho to Ralph and Wilma Miller. He had two brothers, Bruce and Rick. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Master's Degree in Education from California State University of Long Beach. Les met Maxine Concannon while in college and they were married on August 30, 1957. They settled in Westminster, California where they raised their three children, Mike, Lesli, and Sandy, and then in the early 1980s moved to Huntington Beach, California. Les started his math teaching career from 1960 to 1966 at high schools and then joined Orange Coast College in 1966 as a professor of mathematics and taught math at Orange Coast College until 2006, 40 years. Les was the co-author of a 1976 math textbook, "Mathematics: A Chronicle of Human Endeavor." Les liked teaching math so very much and also enjoyed the world of model trains, playing bridge, barbecuing dinners, and spending time with friends and family. Les is survived by his brother Rick, sister-in-law Lucy, son Mike, daughter Sandy, son-in-law Jim, grandsons Chris, Hailey, and Matt, and granddaughter Jackie. The funeral services will be Thursday, December 2, at 10 am at First Christian Church Huntington Beach, 1257 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA, 714-536-2589, FCCHB.COM

 

Prager,, Charlene or "Char, 73," June 14th, 1948 - October 18, 2021 was born in Portland, Oregon to restaurateur parents. Her family moved to Huntington Beach in 1963 where Charlene attended Marina High School and discovered a love for music and theater. Charlene was passionate, loving, audacious, funny, beautiful, one of a kind, and overall larger than life. Charlene attended Golden West Junior College for two years and transferred to the University of Southern California where she majored in Education. During school, she worked as a waitress at her mom and dad's small family restaurant in Costa Mesa. After college, Charlene continued to work in the restaurant business and became a trainer for Far West Services when she opened the Robert E. Lee in St. Louis and a number of Reuben's restaurants. She was then persuaded to apply at a new restaurant on MacArthur Blvd. in Costa Mesa, called Gulliver's, where she then met her husband, Hans Prager. She followed Hans to open (and close) his ill-fated restaurant in Westminster, The Bell and Crown. But their romance began and they later worked together at the Ritz on Balboa Peninsula. After independently joining Tony Roma's and opening four restaurants throughout Southern California, Charlene eventually married Hans and together they opened and operated The Ritz in Newport Center for the next 20 years. Hans and Charlene sold the Ritz in May of 2002 and Hans passed away in January of 2004. They share many wonderful memories together of their marriage and the many friends she made at the Ritz. They took trips together across the world, traveling to the Caribbean, Tahiti, Asia, and Europe, they also cruised to Alaska and the passage through the Panama Canal. Charlene also met her circle of friends who became her 11 sisters for life, also known as "SLIPS," (September Ladies in Palm Springs). They became family to one another and celebrated their friendship together every fall in the beautiful desert area. She travelled often to Oregon to visit her family. Charlene also planned a special trip to the New York Stock Exchange with her nephew, Phillip. While generous beyond measure to all. Char admired Hoag Hospital, City of hope, Rehabilitation Institute of Orange County, and Chapman University as important recipients of her philanthropic efforts. Char was a 30+ years member of the Women of Chapman and served on its board of directors from 2005 to the present day. She was named an Honorary Member in 2004. Charlene also relished her role as an underwriter of Hoag Hospital's Circle 1000 for many years. She was involved in charities, she also held leadership roles in her community. Charlene is survived by her brother Michael. She also leaves behind four nephews, Phillip, Brandon, Evan, and Jordan. She is predeceased by her parents Westley and Evelyn Baker, and brother Stephen, Gregory, and Lawrence. All Memorial donations can be sent to Women of Chapman, Chapman University, One University Drive, Orange CA 92866, or to Hoag Hospital Foundation/Circle 1000 ( 330 Placentia Ave, Suite 100, Newport Beach, CA 92663 ) in Charlene memory to our community. Service will be held privately.





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