Sharon Marries Bob Brown
In March 1959, Walt was in the hospital, recovering from kidney stones, when Sharon came by his hospital room with her boyfriend, Bob Brown, an architect from Kansas City. They had some important news to share. After a year and a half of dating, they had decided they wanted to get married. “Well, she’s your problem now,” Walt teased his soon-to-be son-in-law. The couple were wed on May 10, 1959.
By this time, Diane’s husband, Ron Miller, had given up football. (He had played in college and for a year with the Los Angeles Rams.) He was already working for Walt Disney Productions on such movies as Old Yeller and Third Man on the Mountain. Soon, Bob Brown would be traveling and working alongside Walt as well. Both young couples were very close with Walt and Lilly.
Diane and Ron already had three children when Sharon was married--Christopher, Joanna and Tamara. The family was soon to expand further with the birth of another Miller daughter, Jennifer, in 1960 and another Miller son on November 14, 1961. Walt and Lilly’s second grandson was given the name, Walter Elias Disney Miller.
“And I heard that characteristic cough of his in the hall, you know, just moments, maybe an hour, after I delivered Walter,” Diane recalled. “‘Daddy, Daddy, I'm in here.’ And he came in and I said, ‘Daddy, his name is Walter Elias Disney Miller.’ ‘You going to put the Elias in, too?’ he said with a big grin.”
In fact, when his fifth grandchild was born, Walt had cigars made with a special case that said, “It’s a grandson! Walter Elias Disney Miller,” and he passed them around to one and all.