Creator of CTR ring dies at 91

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  • Kent Miles
    Sept. 8, 2008 11:11 a.m.

    Douglas Coy Miles, my father, was the original producer of the CTR ring for the LDS Church. He was brought an idea by the Primary committee, and he was responsible for translating an idea into a practical reality. He crafted a piece of jewelry that would have lasting value for the children, while being inexpensive to produce. He worked with designer Joel Izatt to refine the symbol, and came up with the first (and best for the money) CTR ring. He also consulted with the Primary on how best to utilize it within the program to motivate youth to "Choose the Right."

    The LDS Church typically retains and registers copyrights to items produced for it, but someone dropped the ball and it fell into the public domain, hence the plethora of rings produced for adults. I do not know if they pay any royalties to the Church.

    Later suppliers of the CTR ring to the church undercut my father's bid by a few pennies per ring, and he lost the account. Those later rings did not have the same quality or durability. The sustained popularity of the CTR ring is a testament to his creative vision and determination.

  • Danny Huang
    Sept. 6, 2008 7:00 a.m.

    I met Mr.Douglas Miles in 1969 at a hotel in Taipei. Ever Since I worked with him till 1983. He was a great man. We keep our friendship till the last day. We have wonderful time together. One day he told me his war story that he saw a Japanses battle ship near Philippine, he called bombers and sank that ship. He felt very excited about what he did. We supplied many jewelry items and gift items to Cheverolet and the church. I still keep many of his photoes in these years. His last trip to Taiwan, he gave me an American flag which I precious very much. He was the first man to teach me the Western way of business. Now I work with Europeans to handle the toxicate waste in many countries. I wish he can work with me again.
    He is a great person you feel like to work with all your life. I miss him.

  • Brandon
    Aug. 15, 2008 12:44 a.m.

    I work for the website you may have purchased your ring from - The languages on the ring are: chinese/japanese, danish/norwegian/swedish, english/portugese, french, german, and spanish! Hope this helps!

  • "B"
    Aug. 7, 2008 12:53 p.m.

    I recently purchased a CTR slider ring for my son with several different inscriptions on it. Each incription is a different language meaning Choose The Right. Does anyone have one and can you tell me what each different language is. I know the Spanish and Hawaiian versins. Thanks for any help.

  • Jean
    July 12, 2008 10:40 p.m.

    Speaking of other meanings of CTR, every time going out the door to the Temple with my husband, he'll ask, do you have your CTR? (Current Temple Recommond!)

  • Jay
    July 11, 2008 9:24 a.m.

    For years I wore a CTR ring that was in the Hawaiian language. (KKP, Koho Ka'a Pono) I think that is the right words. I wore it in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm. I had more conversations about religion over that little ring than I can count! I simply said "It means Choose The Right, or in other words "Do the right thing all the time." I always got positive feedback. Sadly that ring got bent while working on the car and I took it off and lost it. I have a new one and I wear it all the time.

  • Anonymous
    July 11, 2008 7:38 a.m.

    He sounds like a very talented man in many areas, and a man who loved the Lord. RIP.

    I "was saddened" to see the ad Des News put on the page that I read this story on. An ad from some resort in NV, picturing a naked woman laying on her stomach, with only a towel across her buttocks. Rose petals are scattered around her, which I assume is designed to lend an elegant look - but the red splotches and her position make one wonder if she is dead and those are blood spots.

    Very distracting and quite incongruent with the story at hand.

    Des News? CHOOSE THE RIGHT. Get RID of that ad. A Mormon paper has no call to use nudity in any of its ads.

    Appalled in GA

  • CTR
    July 11, 2008 12:43 a.m.

    What fun it is to come up with other meanings!

  • Dumb
    July 11, 2008 12:33 a.m.

    I choose to use the adult version for business.

    "cover thy rear"

    it is nicer than CYA

    BUt personally I tink the CTR ring is dumb.

  • Thomas
    July 10, 2008 11:54 p.m.

    How much money do you think the church has made off of this guy? Well done, thou good and faithful servant!

  • The Cross
    July 10, 2008 11:18 p.m.

    To answer a previously posted ??

    Latter-day Saints/Mormons RECOGNIZE the significance of The Cross >> That Jesus Died
    on that Cross at Calvary on that First Good
    Friday is MOST BASIC to LDS/Mormon Belief!!
    (That belief is Basic to most Christian Belief)
    Most Catholic and Protestant believers also DO
    Share that same Basic belief.

    The LDS/Mormons, however, like to put more emphasis on the Ressurection Part of the Easter story than the Cruxificion. Easter does have TWO days to remember: Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

    Most Historians would say that the Cross being considered the "symbol" of Christianity came long
    after the origial events. Many Early Christians, before the adoption of the Cross happened in time, wore fish on a necklace around their necks. This is where "the fish" symbol that some Christian groups use today comes from. There's even some
    Christian music radio stations that call themselves "The Fish".

    LDS/Mormons generally don't wear crosses, but that no way diminishes the belief in what Jesus DID!!
    The emphasis is on the Rising from the Dead, the Resurrection!!

    The Angel Moroni which is symbolized on many, but not all, LDS Temples is an LDS symbol representing the Restoration of the Gospel

  • J.B.
    July 10, 2008 10:40 p.m.

    I'm a bit confused; does this article refer to the man who commercialized the ring or the person who created the original ring for the LDS church?

    I know originally, Naomi W. Randall (author for the words to "I am a Child of God" and 1st counselor in the LDS General Primary Presidency to Sister Parmley) led a committee that was asked by LDS leaders to create a symbol to be used by the Primary children. The committee came up with the idea of the CTR ring.

    Did this man create the ring at the request of the committee (the green and silver ring that is used in the LDS primaries), or did he commercialize the original ring and make it into rings that are purchased at jewelry stores? I'd appreciate Deseret News clarifying this so we get accurate history rather than "half-fashioned" history.


  • Katlee
    July 10, 2008 10:42 p.m.

    Wow! That is awesome!! I am grateful to him for all he brought to the church! He will be missed!

  • question again
    July 10, 2008 10:29 p.m.

    Do Mormons wear crosses around their necks? I honestly don't know. But I am sure someone will tell me.

  • Question
    July 10, 2008 9:28 p.m.

    Does anyone know who owns the CTR rights? Someone is making a mint off this little marketing gimick to the mormons.

  • Praise to the Man
    July 10, 2008 9:22 p.m.

    "Praise to the Man" is the name of a hymn in the
    LDS Hymnbook that Praises Joseph Smith Jr., the one
    who, as a 14 year old, had the First Vision where he testifies that he saw God and Jesus and had dialogue with them. That was the beginning event in a series of events that led to the
    establishment of the Church of Jesus Christ of
    Latter-day Saints.

    Whether Katie was referring to Joseph Smith or
    Brother Miles, who created the idea of the CTR
    Ring, only Katie knows.

    The whole idea of the "CTR" ring comes from another hymn that is in the LDS Hymnbook entitled "Choose
    The Right" .... 'when a choice placed before you'... choose the right, there's safety for the soul....' meaning in seesnce choosing what Jesus would want us to choose. But it IS our Choice. It's a hymn about making choices of priority and choosing the best (Right) Choice. If one wears the ring, it's like a reminder. This is generally given first to children in their growing years.

    Hope this helps to answer questions...

    God Bless...

  • Re: Should I know this?
    July 10, 2008 9:19 p.m.

    Re: Should I know this?

    katie's praising the gentleman that died. Praise to the man is also a phrase we use to honor Joseph Smith. It is also a hymn(song) title of one of our most treasured hymns.

  • Should I know this?
    July 10, 2008 8:28 p.m.

    re: katie

    Thanks for the thoughtful response. I appreciate it.

    PS - Who's "the man"?

  • katie
    July 10, 2008 7:42 p.m.

    Re: Should I know this?

    A CTR ring is "kinda" like a cross for mormons. It's an acronymn the LDS church members use. We wear it to remember to choose the right and remember we are children of god and should act accordingly. I personally have not only a ring, but I have a necklace as well. I love both very much. They are my most prized posessions. :) Praise to the man!

  • Should I know this?
    July 10, 2008 7:12 p.m.

    I don't see any mention in this piece what a "CTR ring" is? Did I miss something?

  • CTR
    July 10, 2008 6:16 p.m.

    For most my life CTR has meant the same to me as most of you...Choose The Right. Now I am older, the symbol has double meaning to me CHOOSE THE RED. I was happy to see that Bro Miles attend both UTAH and BYU. Maybe fans from both schools can appreciate all he has done too help us all remember who we are and how we should behave.
    THANKS and rest in peace.

  • Brother David
    July 10, 2008 5:53 p.m.

    Brother Miles certainly left a Great Legacy.

    May we all be inspired to leave behind us
    something Good that Blesses others.

  • from the isles of the sea
    July 10, 2008 5:07 p.m.

    CTR, what an eternal symbol of faith and love.

    Thank-you & RIP!

  • dee
    July 10, 2008 4:31 p.m.

    great works thank you ,dee

  • MoJules
    July 10, 2008 4:28 p.m.

    You know, you never know the person behind the song or the ring or many other things. I just know that this ring was in it's own way a sacred reminder to youth and adults of "choosing the right". Bless this man for the gift he has given to many and I hope his posterity will never forget.

  • P.A.T. (Piliin Ang Tama / CTR)
    July 10, 2008 3:49 p.m.

    I never knew the man till now, but thanks, his has been an inspiration even to the island where I came from.

    From the Islands of the Philippines "Hanggang sa muli natin pagkikita" (Till we meet again).

  • Bro
    July 10, 2008 3:33 p.m.

    "By small and simple things, are great things brought to pass." What a wonderfully simple way to remember to always make good choices.

    July 10, 2008 3:27 p.m.

    I love that ring!

  • Anonymous
    July 10, 2008 3:23 p.m.

    I'm one of the few LDS without a CTR ring, but much respect to this man. Rest in peace.

  • Thank you!
    July 10, 2008 2:49 p.m.

    Thanks for creating a lasting symbol for me and my children.

  • Anonymous
    July 10, 2008 2:32 p.m.