View Full Version : Larry H. Miller, Owner of the Utah Jazz died today

02-20-2009, 08:39 PM

Larry H. Miller, husband, father, grandfather, a well-known entrepreneur, community advocate and humanitarian, died from complications due to type 2 diabetes today, at home, surrounded by his family. He was 64.

Miller, a man who truly loved Utah, its people and its land, was born in Salt Lake City in 1944. From modest beginnings, he grew up in the Capitol Hill area and went on to become one of Utah's most successful entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Leaving behind a profound professional and personal legacy, the entities Miller created have had a significant and lasting impact on the communities in which he did business, and the more than 7,000 individuals he employed.

The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies began with the Larry H. Miller Toyota store in Murray, Utah on May 1, 1979. Through the years, Miller amassed more than 80 businesses and properties in the western United States. Most notable are the Utah Jazz, EnergySolutions Arena, the Salt Lake Bees, Miller Motorsports Park, Megaplex Theatres, and 39 automobile dealerships spanning the Rocky Mountain West. Miller also developed a vast real estate holdings including commercial and agricultural properties.

A dynamic entrepreneur and business leader, Miller also became known for his charitable efforts. Miller coined the phrase "Go about doing good until there is too much good in the world."

Miller and his wife Gail provide close to 300 college scholarships each year. Larry H. Miller Charities, a foundation funded by monthly contributions from his businesses, fundraising events in the community, and personal donations from employees, has donated millions of dollars to communities in which Miller does business.

"Larry and Gail have always stressed the importance of giving back to the communities in which we do business. Our customers have supported us and it is important that we show our appreciation by helping those in need," said Greg Miller, eldest son and CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. "Larry felt that his legacy isn't in business as much as it was in creating opportunities for good jobs and higher education."

Larry and Gail have also donated millions of dollars to Utah-based colleges and universities for campus improvements such as the state-of-the-art softball and baseball complexes at BYU. The Larry H. Miller Campus of the Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), was completed in fall 2001 and includes the Larry H. Miller Entrepreneurship Training Center and The Larry and Gail Miller Public Safety Education & Training Center.

Despite all of his success, Miller always maintained that his greatest accomplishment is the family that survives him: his wife, Karen Gail Saxton Miller, their four sons and one daughter, 21 grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

A press conference for the media will be held at 8 p.m. in the press room at the Zions Bank Basketball Center, 1414 South 500 West, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

Plans for a memorial service will be announced shortly.

02-20-2009, 08:41 PM
wow thats very surprising and sad. i hope for the best for his family etc.

i don't know the names of too many team owners, but he's one i'll always remember.

02-20-2009, 08:46 PM
Saddest news ever. Can't believe this just happened....

02-20-2009, 08:49 PM
Sad news, sorry to here that. He was a great owner.

02-20-2009, 08:52 PM
Wow... very sad... he went out with his last memory as a comeback victory against the defending champs, which considering the circumstances is better than a loss and such a victory is what he deserved... i wish the best to his family and loved ones.

02-20-2009, 08:52 PM
Sad news. My prayers are with his family.

02-20-2009, 08:56 PM
Longtime Utah Jazz owner Larry Miller has passed away at age 64

Utah Jazz owner Larry H. Miller has died from complications of type 2 diabetes at age 64.
Miller was at home with his family when he passed away, team officials said in a statement Friday.
Miller had his legs amputated 6 inches below the knee in January and suffered a heart attack last summer. He was hospitalized for nearly two months.

Source (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=As9TZfOIE0u9RI3JKVxZ8cu8vLYF?slug=ap-obit-miller&prov=ap&type=lgns)

02-20-2009, 08:56 PM

02-20-2009, 08:57 PM
My condolences go out to his surviving family members.

02-20-2009, 09:01 PM
He seemed like such a great guy.

02-20-2009, 09:03 PM

02-20-2009, 09:03 PM
Fiscally pleasing for his children, emotionally unsettling for the community.

02-20-2009, 09:05 PM
It's a shame he never got a ring, rip

02-20-2009, 09:05 PM
RIP to a great NBA figure and a great human. Condolences to his family and the Utah franchise.

His last memories of his legacy were beating the Lakers and the Celtics. From that perspective he would have died a happy man. May you now be at peace.

02-20-2009, 09:09 PM
This is the worst news in Utah Jazz history.... This news hurt my heart and soul. This man was a great owner. Always put this team in positon to win. He kept Sloan for a long time.. This man deserved to hold a championship trophy.

News on ESPN keeps ****en talking about shity news... A-Rod, T-O, Tiger Woods. They're superstars I know. But they repeat the same ****. How about showing ove to Larry Miller.... The greatest owner in all of sports.. Loyal to the very end....

Love from Los Angeles... all the way to Utah... RIP Mr. Miller U wont never be forgotten

02-20-2009, 09:13 PM
great owner... R I P

02-20-2009, 09:16 PM

02-20-2009, 09:22 PM
Wow, caught by surprise.. Im sorry to hear about his death... Death is not to be joked around with... Very sad news.. RIP Miller.

02-20-2009, 09:25 PM
RIP Larry H. Miller. You will be missed and will always be loved. You did one hell of a job for the Jazz. Gone, but never forgotten!

02-20-2009, 09:27 PM
damn that sucks

at least he got a win against the defending champs to ride out on

02-20-2009, 09:45 PM
Sad day for the NBA....he was an owner that really cared.

02-20-2009, 09:47 PM
This is really sad news, I never knew him or anything but I read about the story of him getting his legs amputated a couple weeks ago. Must've been a really tough experience for him. Not sure what else to say but Rest In peace. Sad story, seemed like a great person i'm sure he'll be greatly missed.

02-20-2009, 10:16 PM
Sad story

02-20-2009, 10:29 PM
I was shocked when I heard the news
rest in peace sir

02-20-2009, 11:16 PM
The Jazz are gonna win the championship now.

Rest in Peace Larry

02-20-2009, 11:35 PM

02-21-2009, 12:50 AM
Sad to hear. God Bless him and may he rest in peace.

02-21-2009, 01:27 AM
Man, that's sad to hear. He was an amazing owner, and one of the few owners in the league I feel that was worth respecting. The Jazz and then NBA will definitely miss a man of that quality.

02-21-2009, 01:29 AM
RIP he really was a great owner. Always cared about the Jazz, prayers and thoughts go out to him and his family.

02-21-2009, 01:36 AM
Wow, he sounds exactly like my dad, but two years older. Terribly sad news. They were talking about what a great owner he was during the Lakers game. RIP.

02-21-2009, 01:52 AM
That is sad to hear, RIP.

02-21-2009, 01:52 AM
rest in peace dude

GSW fan
02-21-2009, 01:59 AM
daaam. that sucks....


02-21-2009, 01:59 AM
Very Very horrible news! He has done alot for us in Utah and it is a shame. I'm only 20 and can only remember the Jazz's previous 10 years and this news hurt my heart very much so. Great Owner

02-21-2009, 03:16 AM
RIP. Very sad day for the NBA. He is a good example of an NBA owner should be.

02-21-2009, 01:55 PM
RIP buddy...sad day for the Jazz and the league

02-21-2009, 02:22 PM
i give my sincere condolences to the family. this is a sad loss. what he did for the utah jazz and the NBA will never be forgotten. RIP

02-21-2009, 02:32 PM
64 too young too go out like that, diabetes is a sad thing to live with.
I only know a few owners and he was one of them. Sad news.

02-21-2009, 02:37 PM
All my thoughts and prayers go out to the Utah Jazz organization and the Miller family. He is definitely one of the most classiest owners out there. :( The league is losing one of its greats today!