Corky McMillin, the founder and chief executive officer of Corky McMillin Cos., died Sept. 22 of heart failure at Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla. He was 76.
McMillin built a family-owned homebuilding and real estate sales organization that now stretches east to Texas and north to the San Joaquin Valley. In 1988, he was named to the California Building Industry Hall of Fame.
Three of his highest-profile developments are Scripps Ranch; Rancho del Rey in Chula Vista; and the Liberty Station mixed-use redevelopment project now under way on the site of the former San Diego Naval Training Center in Point Loma.
A champion off-road racer, McMillin, at age 66, finished second in his class and third overall in the 1995 Baja 1000. In June, he finished the Baja 500 in fourth place.
A Missouri native, he was christened Macey L. McMillin Jr. and moved to Chula Vista with his family at the age of 14. A longtime resident of Bonita, McMillin is survived by his wife, Vonnie, sons Mark and Scott, daughter Laurie, and eight grandchildren. Private services are planned, followed by a public memorial service at a later date.