Michael Vann Milton ’69

Michael Vann Milton, 76, passed away peacefully on January 20, 2023 in Community Hospice care at Baptist Hospital after a courageous battle with Lewy body dementia.

Mike was born August 14, 1946 in Monroe, North Carolina. A top student, he graduated from Monroe High School and Davidson College, where he majored in English. Following undergraduate studies he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. While working at Prudential, he met Elizabeth Gibbs Milton. They married in 1973.

He earned an MBA in Accounting from the University of North Florida. Mike worked as a CPA and as a corporate financial officer for more than 40 years.

Mike was a voracious reader and especially loved author Vladimir Nabokov. He loved music, including artists such as Eric Clapton and Linda Ronstadt, and enjoyed attending the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.

Mike deeply treasured his close friends from his Davidson Sigma Chi days, ‘The Big Chill’ group. Mike and Elizabeth traveled with the Chill group each year for nearly 50 years.

He was quick to make friends in every situation and filled his relationships with joy and laughter. As a beloved parent and grandparent, he was unfailingly supportive and instilled values such as diligence, education, and kindness to others.

Mike is survived by his wife of 49 years Elizabeth, son Michael Milton (Julia) and daughter Sara Leutzinger (Mark), and five grandchildren Jane, Stella and Flora Milton, Lindley and Walter Leutzinger, as well as siblings Susan Drew (Larry), Jackie Gillespie (Glen), Mary Warshaw, Stewart Milton (Terry), John Milton, Alice Butler, and beloved aunt Ruth Simon.

A memorial service will be held on February 9 at 3 p.m. at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd at 1100 Stockton Street in Jacksonville, FL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mike’s memory to the UF Foundation, PO 100243, Gainesville, FL 32610. Donations will be used for Lewy body dementia research at the University of Florida. Online donations are also accepted at fixel.ufhealth.org.