Leaders, coaches, players remember Larry H. Miller

Published: Saturday, Feb. 21 2009 12:00 a.m. MST

"I was sad to hear of the passing of Larry H. Miller after a valiant battle with ill health. He was a kind, generous man, a great citizen, and friend to the community and his church. In recent years, his generosity included significant underwriting for the 'Joseph Smith Papers' project that is bringing the Prophet's work to life. ... Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Gail, and their family."

— LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson

"Every citizen in our state feels a little empty today. Larry was Utah and Utah was Larry. He inspired many and served countless. We all have been made better by his extraordinary life. Mary Kaye and I wish to express our deepest love and sympathies to his wonderful wife, Gail, and their entire family and wish them a sense of deep condolences at this difficult time."

— Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.

"We will miss this man who taught and gave so much. He showed us that even in the modern world, the greatest man is the one who is most willing to serve, who doesn't look for glory, and who lives for things that are greater than himself. As a leader of our 2002 volunteers, Larry helped lift Utah's Olympic Games to world acclaim. His generosity, humility and commitment to his family and deepest convictions set him apart as one of America's great souls. We will miss him, even more than we now know."

— Mitt Romney

"It is with great sadness that I offer condolences to Gail and the Miller family on behalf of the entire NBA family. Larry's legacy extends beyond the NBA as he touched many lives in the Salt Lake City region through his business ventures and charitable endeavors. The NBA lost a great leader, colleague and friend today. We will miss him."

— NBA commissioner David Stern

"The whole Jazz family is really saddened by Larry H. Miller's passing. He meant so much to this state and this community. He'll always be in our hearts for what he's done. He's certainly someone we're all going to miss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Larry H. Miller's family."

— Jerry Sloan, head coach, Utah Jazz

"Personally, I have lost a valuable friend. Larry has been such a remarkable individual. The community has benefited so much by his life. He is someone we will all miss."

#8212; John Stockton, retired player, Utah Jazz

"This is a sad day for me, our team, the fans of the Utah Jazz and the NBA ... Mr. Miller was a terrific man and friend. He changed the lives of thousands of people. We have all been blessed by his generosity and love for this community, and I am blessed to call him my friend. He gave us a lot of joy, and we will miss him."

— Deron Williams, player, Utah Jazz

"The university community mourns with the people of Utah the passing of Larry H. Miller. He was not only a remarkable entrepreneur and a visionary community leader, but also a generous and tireless advocate for countless good causes. He never forgot his roots and channeled his compassion, generosity and hands-on involvement into helping people of all walks of life, including providing scholarships for dependents of his employees as well as scholarships for first-generation college students. Here was a man who knew exactly what it meant to 'pay it forward.'

"What is less well-known is that Larry knew every student who benefited over the years from his scholarships by their first name. He proudly kept track of their individual accomplishments, offering encouragement along the way. All of this was done in a very quiet way that contrasts with the very public side of Larry that many people know only through his association with sports and business. He was a remarkably kind, compassionate and generous man; a true humanitarian.

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