He was 86.
Miles, who was born in Loma Linda and attended San Bernardino schools, died of complications from a heart attack Feb. 5 at Redlands Community Hospital, his family said.
"He loved my mother unconditionally," said stepdaughter Tina Pyatt, 62, of Redlands.
"He was patient and quirky, super intelligent and generous to a fault," Pyatt said. "He was great."
Miles met Betty Scherer Barnett of Redlands in 1971. They were married for 28 years, until she died in 2000.
"He always wore his moccasins and bermuda shorts," Pyatt said. "His favorite shirt was a T-shirt that said `If lost, return to Betty Miles in San Bernardino."'
Although an attorney by profession, Miles is best known for his avocation, the game of bridge.
He enjoyed nothing more than a puzzle, wrote an algebra pamphlet at age 13, was an avid chess player, finally discovering bridge and learning to play by reading books, newspaper columns and an autobridge set, according to his stepdaughter, Melissa Hornacek, 60, of Dana Point and Yosemite.
Miles graduated from San Bernardino High School in 1944 and was a 1948 cum laude graduate of Claremont Men's College (now Claremont McKenna College) with a B.A. in economics. He served in both the Navy and Army in the years after World War II and earned his law degree from UCLA in 1954.
He was admitted to the State Bar in 1955, maintaining his law practice in San Bernardino until his retirement in 1997.
Called one of the most imaginative players in the game of bridge by The New York Times, Miles was a prolific bridge author and player. An international bridge champion, he contributed to and wrote numerous bridge publications, both national and international.
He is perhaps best known for his 1963 book "All Fifty-Two Cards."
In addition to his stepdaughters, Tina Pyatt and Melissa Hornacek, Miles is survived from his marriage to Betty Scherer Barnett, by his grandchildren Christina Pyatt, Jennifer Naranjo and Michael Pyatt and great-grandchildren Sydney, Ian and Elijah Naranjo.
He also leaves behind his dear friend Lucia and her daughter Ava.
The family requests that those wishing to honor Miles' memory, make a donation to the Redlands Animal Shelter or other charity of their choice.
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