Former La Cañada resident and retired architect Millard Archuleta died May 19 in Rancho Mirage, where he lived in recent years.
Archuleta was born in 1929 in Longmont, Colo., where his parents managed a golf course. In 1940 the family moved to the Los Angeles area where he attended Fremont High School. Known as "Arch" to his family and friends, Archuleta took an experimental curriculum in photography and architecture at Fremont. After completing 2,000 hours of classes in architectural drafting and related subjects, he became a junior architectural draftsman and was hired by Burke and Kober, one of only two companies with a national reputation for designing retail stores.
While working for Burke and Kober, Archuleta continued his education in architecture at Polytechnic, Los Angeles City College and the USC School of Architecture.
Archuleta married his first wife, Diana, in 1950 and the couple had two sons: Justin and Christopher. They lived together in La Cañada until Diana's death in 1975.