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Published: Saturday, June 18 2011 4:23 p.m. MDT

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toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

Good news. Maybe this person's difficult life will improve. I wish all of them the best when they reunite on Weds.

OnlyInUtah
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Like most who are not used to having money, he'll burn through it quickly and become a target for others with scams and offers that will take the rest. He'll be back on the street and homeless within 5 years.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Perhaps with the renewed contact with family members they can keep this man closer to home where they can help care for him instead of allowing him to be a burden on the social services and charitable groups here in Utah.

I wish him well, but fear he is incapable of making the sort of decisions to adapt to his new circumstances.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

@ Only

You know this person? Or are you just making s rather generalized judgement without any facts? Is this like one who wins the lottery or does this man's family want to help him deal with his sudden good fortune and help him? If they couldn't care less about him, why'd they go to the trouble to find him?

The point is: You don't know thing one about this person or his circumstance and you're just guessing because you wanted something negative to say. Now that you've said it, at this man's expense, I hope you feel better because that's all the value there might be to your comment (in my view).

anti-liar
Salt Lake City, UT

Good for him. It would be interesting to learn more about this individual's life and history.

bribri
Holladay, UT

Thank you for your comment toosmartforyou .It's very kind and human .

Frank_Alexander
STERLING, VA

Hopefully, the state (or the Church) will appoint a ward to shepherd his fortune. I can see lawyers, relatives, and new-found friends ripping this poor soul off.

Frank_Alexander
STERLING, VA

@ DN subscriber:
If his (extended) family did not care for him before, why would their best intentions for his future be good?
Past behavior is usually a great predictor of future behavior... on the part of relatives.

Wixom
Bountiful, UT

I'm troubled that the news is even talking about the $$. That may make him a target now.

rlsintx
Plano, TX

May it all turn out well....

justfine
Vernal, UT

This reminds me of news documentary I saw last year (maybe it was on Oprah!)-anyway,almost identical where a homeless man came across, or was given a large sum of money. They periodically checked in with him to see how he was doing throughout a year. It was interesting to say the least. He was so excited with for his money. There were people in his life to help him out, but he really didn't have the know-how skills to live a "normal" life. He gave anyone who asked money, was the victim of scams, and within a year was basicly where he started. It was his comfort zone and I think he was ok there. I love these types of Cinderella stories that happen in real life-when they turn out well. It was be interesting to see how this turns out. Hopefully better than the show I watched. It would make a good follow up story DN.

Lewis Draney
OGDEN, UT

I knew Max very well, he and I worked together for Weber County over thirty years ago, he really is the kindest fellow I ever met and he certainly deserves this break in life, Lord knows he has been through many trials and earned his wings in gods eyes. If I needed a shirt to wear he would give me his. Be careful Max. (Lew)

utahgolfer
ROY, UT

I've known Max for over 30 yrs. He and his late wife spent many nights at our dinner table. I am happy for Max. He would do anything for anyone. If anyone deserves this Max does.

Brett822
Bellevue, NE

@ justfine:
I thought of that Oprah segment too while reading this. I'm not sure about this, but I heard that homeless man ended up worse than before the large donation. He was in debt, to say the least. He basically had no finance management techniques and he spent more than he had.

With Max, I hope he could do better with his money. It seems that he could do better because he wasnt homeless for his entire adulthood.

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