Upon graduation from seminary, he was associate pastor at Moanalua Community Church and head pastor at Koloa Union Church on Kaua'i before becoming the pastor at Waialua United Church of Christ, where he served for over 17 years. A man of visionary faith, he led the Waialua UCC through two building projects, including the 1.8 million-dollar construction of preschool classrooms and a community center. Known throughout the community for his big red truck laden with either windsurfing gear or his various Great Danes, he was called upon for everything from marriage ceremonies in airplanes to the blessing of horse stalls. After his retirement from full-time ministry, he wrote several books and short stories about the miraculous nature of God.
He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Sandy, of Waialua; his son, Rev. David Makana (Veronica) Milotta of Ewa Beach, and daughter, Dr. Lorin (Jacob) Shellenberger of Forest, Virginia; his five grandsons and one granddaughter, and his sister, Gaye (Milt) Tate of Bishop, California.
Services will be announced at a later date