"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.
"Larry's impact on our state is significant and enduring. He cared deeply for our community, for his family and friends, and he lived life the way he expected everyone else to live theirs — with honesty, determination and with his heart. We will forever be grateful and will miss him."
— President Michael K. Young, University of Utah
"I was saddened to hear the news of Larry Miller's passing. On behalf of the residents of Salt Lake City, I extend my deepest sympathy to the Miller family during this difficult time. Salt Lake City has lost a dear friend and community leader. I have long admired Larry's work ethic, charitable deeds and personal philosophy for doing good work in the community. His signature phrase, 'Go about doing good until there is too much good in the world,' inspired us all. Larry was born and raised in Salt Lake City and truly helped shape the character of his home town."
— Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker
"The loss of Larry H. Miller is felt by our entire college community. Through his hard work, success and generosity, Larry Miller has single-handedly done more to raise awareness and support for community colleges than anyone else. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to Gail and the Miller family. We are grateful for the immeasurable contributions he has made to the Salt Lake community, and we are deeply saddened by the loss of a great friend."
— President Cynthia A. Bioteau, Salt Lake Community College
"This is a very sad day for Utahns. No one cared more about this community than Larry Miller. But for him, the Utah Jazz would call some other city home. That achievement, along with so many other generous contributions he made to our state, will ensure his legacy. I extend my sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues."
— Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah
"The impact Larry Miller has made in every corner of our state cannot be overstated. He not only contributed mightily to Utah's business climate, he also served in so many ways to improve the lives of people from all walks of life. His example of hard work and sense of community will be felt by generations to come. He was a true friend and someone I regarded very highly for his wisdom and strength. Elaine and I send our deepest sympathies to Gail and their children. Larry will be deeply missed by so many throughout our state and country."
— Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah
"Like so many in our community, I am saddened to learn of the passing of a great Utah icon. The story and life of Larry H. Miller is an inspiration to all of us who care about our families, our communities and our country. He had a profound impact on Utah and was a positive force in countless individual lives. Although his absence will be acutely felt, his legacy will continue to live on. I honor his accomplishments, his example and his philanthropy. I wish nothing but the best to his family and hope they understand the deep gratitude this community shares for a truly honorable man."
— Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah
"My first thought is that I have the deepest respect for the Miller family. It is a family that was there behind Larry continuously. I don't think we will see another person like Larry in our lifetimes. In my view there is no one that can make a dream come true like Larry could. We are going to deeply miss him, and I hope his family realizes how much people cared for him."
— former Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson
"Larry H. Miller is a giant for all times in this community. He was a giant as a businessman, a giant as a humanitarian and a giant as a champion for Utah. For his contributions, we feel immense gratitude. He made his mark in business, but his real mark was the goodness of his character. No mere list of accomplishments can encapsulate what Larry Miller has meant to this community. Our hearts go out to Larry's wife, Gail, and the rest of his family. We're grateful for all Larry has done in his remarkable life and we're saddened by the loss of a dear friend. God bless this great man and his wonderful family."
— Salt Lake Chamber President Lane Beattie
"Larry was a good friend of mine, and it is a sad day for all of us who know him. We send our condolences to the Miller family. He was such a wonderful human being. We had a giant among us for a long time and are deeply saddened by his passing."
— New Car Dealers of Utah Executive Director Craig Bickmore
"Larry was a great guy. I knew him while I was in office and have known him since. He has been a great asset to our community and has been a real contributor. Larry has always been very generous and done all he could to make our community better. He has been a good friend and a wonderful person. It is sad to see him go."
— Former Utah Gov. Norm Bangerter
"He was a true friend and supporter of law enforcement. … A man of his influence and stature carries a lot of weight with the Legislature and others. I appreciated his common-sense approach to things and cutting through all the red tape and complications to get things done."
— Utah Department of Public Safety Commissioner Lance Davenport
"We tried for years to get the Legislature to appropriate money to build (a police academy). We finally went to Larry Miller and told him our problem. He said, 'No problem. But I'm not going to give the money to the state and have the state build it because you guys take too long. I'll build it.' He built it and handed over the keys."
— Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff
"Several years ago, Larry Miller told a group of BYU students that, 'Entrepreneurs have the responsibility to be involved in the community and to be willing to invest their time, talents and energy.' He explained, 'We must understand the big picture and what is our role and obligation.'
"Few people have exemplified those words as well as Larry H. Miller. At BYU we have benefited enormously from Larry's interest in and support of the university, as well as his financial contributions. We are grateful to have the Miller name prominently displayed on our campus at Miller Park, which houses our baseball and softball facilities.
"Larry and Gail Miller have made many sacrifices to further education and athletics at BYU. Some may know that Larry in his 'spare' time helped teach a business course at BYU's Marriott School of Management. It was, not surprisingly, extremely popular.
"Knowing how Larry is loved on the BYU campus, our thoughts and our prayers go to Gail and the Miller family at this tender time. We want them to know that their husband and father left a legacy at BYU and that his generous gifts — particularly of his time and talents — will live on forever."
— President Cecil O. Samuelson, Brigham Young University
"I am deeply saddened. Larry is an institution and icon in our community and state. What he has done for our state is magnificent. … I have always had huge fondness for Larry. He cared so deeply for Utah and for all the things he was involved in. Larry was generous to a fault — he was always asking, 'What can I do to help?' He will be missed."
— Former Salt Lake City Mayor Deedee Corridini
"Larry Miller was one of the most treasured and close friends I've had in my life. He was a man of total integrity and honesty. His legacy in Utah will exist over many generations. Karen and my special love are extended to Gail and their wonderful children and grandchildren."
— Jon Huntsman Sr.
"Larry Miller is a dear friend and great leader who cared deeply about his family, the state, his faith and his employees. He has created a legacy that we, as his stewards, are committed to carry on and build in his honor. His commitment to sports has changed the face of Utah forever."
— Randy Rigby, President and Chief Operating Officer, Utah Jazz/Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment
"We are all saddened by the news of Larry's death. He was a great man and an inspiration to all of us. The mark that he has left in the business communities in which we are located will be felt for all of the generations to follow. Larry will be truly missed."50 comments on this story
— Tony Schnurr, President, Larry H. Miller Group of Automotive Companies
"On behalf of my wife Deb and our entire family, I would like to express our condolences and extend thoughts and prayers to Gail Miller and her entire family. Larry's love of basketball and commitment to keeping the Jazz in Salt Lake paved the way for professional sports in our community. His dedication and determination contributed mightily to the sports and entertainment fabric of the great state of Utah."
— Real Salt Lake Owner and SCP Worldwide Founder and Chairman Dave Checketts