Mahlon W. Miles

Mahlon W. Miles
EDITOR'S NOTE:          
Mahlon White Miles was the great-great grandson of Enterprise founder Thomas Benton White and a cousin of current Enterprise Publisher James Mahlon White. Miles assisted at the newspaper over the years substituting as reporter, photographer and editor. His advice and support of the current publisher and staff was invaluable.
  Mahlon White Miles, 65, retired Editor of The Clinton Daily Democrat and a former Clinton Police Department Officer died on Monday, May 7, 20...18, at the Clinton Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Clinton. He had experienced health problems for some time. Several weeks ago he entered the Twin Lakes Hospice program.
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Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, Clinton.
Visitation will be 10-11 AM, Thursday May 10, 2018, Holy Rosary Church, Clinton. Mass will be 11 a.m., also at Holy Rosary Church.
He was born on Sept. 24, 1952, at Clinton General Hospital. Mahlon was the son of the late Daniel Black and Kathleen White Miles. He is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Huenefeldt and her husband, Sam, Cape Girardeau, and Catrina Jurdan and her companion, Douglas King. Jr., Grandview; one son, Justin D. Jurdan and his spouse, Belinda, Urich. Three grandchildren, Miles Huenefeldt and Brice Hunefeldt, Cape Girardeau, and Carina Jurdan, Urich. Two sisters, Ellen Miles-Taylor, Warrensburg, and Janie Miles-Smith and her husband, Paul, Kansas City; two brothers, Dan Miles and his wife, Kathy, Clinton; Frank Miles, Warsaw; nieces and nephews in addition to his two beloved cats, Lili Marlene and Phat Phat.
Mahlon lived in Warsaw during his early youth. He attended Warsaw Elementary School for several years. He moved in 1960 to Chevy Chase, Maryland, where his father was Chief of Staff/ Administrative Assistant to U.S. Senator Edward V. Long of Missouri. Mahlon attended school at Our Lady of Lourdes Parochial School in Bethesda, Maryland. He was a Boy Scout there in a Scout Troop which was one of the first fully integrated troops in that metropolitan area. Mahlon greatly enjoyed camping in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania with the troop. He was a carrier boy for The Washington Daily News for several years.
He personally witnessed the funeral procession and ceremony at the U.S. Capitol for the funeral of President John F. Kennedy and many other historical events while residing as a young man in that area.
From 1964-1966, Mahlon attended Holy Rosary School in Clinton, and in 1967 and 1968 Western Junior High School in Bethesda, Maryland, where he was an outstanding player on the football team. He was a student at Clinton High School beginning in 1969, where he was on the football, wrestling and track and field teams.
Mahlon attended Benedictine College, Atchison, Kansas, following high school for several years and then Central Missouri State University.
While he loved the journalism field, Mahlon fully embraced law enforcement even more. At various times he was a Clinton Police Department Officer and a Henry County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Sheriff. Mahlon had a trained K-9 named “Duke” who often accompanied him on duty. He also served as an Officer and Photographer for the Missouri Rural Crime Squad.
A major disappointment in his life occurred when he and his good friend, Leonard Garzoli, applied to be enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Leonard passed the induction physical. Alas, Mahlon did not. A pin in his shoulder from a football injury prevented his enlistment.
Mahlon was very active in The Young Democrats of Missouri organization in his earlier years.
As Editor of The Clinton Daily Democrat, his investigating skills concerning situations which people were trying to hide from the general public, often led to threats which, once received, always were a “tip” that he was headed in the right direction. The “thrill of the chase” was greatly enjoyed by Mahlon when it became apparent there was a story and he was about to catch the elusive quarry. He was the recipient of a number of awards for his photography and writing work. Bad health necessitated that Mahlon retire early and concentrate on improving his physical state.
He enjoyed reading and researching historical subjects, particularly medieval England. His two cats, Lili Malene and Phat Phat, were his faithful companions. Mahlon greatly appreciated Clinton Healthcare & Rehabilitation staff working with him so that he could keep his cats with him.
The family suggests any memorial gifts be directed to the Clinton Animal Shelter C.A.R.E. organization: Clinton Animal Shelter, 1307 North Washington St., Clinton, Mo. 64735.