'An extraordinary life:' Jazz owner Larry H. Miller 1944-2009

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  • Eric
    Feb. 24, 2009 10:24 a.m.

    We miss you, Larry. Thanks for everything you did for our community.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 23, 2009 2:11 p.m.

    wery sad for larry

  • JJ
    Feb. 22, 2009 9:18 p.m.

    I happened to be in SL this past weekend from Idaho and received the sad news about Larry Miller. My Goodness!! what a man! I think the most impressive thing I kept hearing was how he was a man of the people. He never forgot that and they will never forget him. To his family: Thank you for helping him to the pedestel that he belonged on. It's always a sacrifice to stand behind a man of his caliber, and each of you deserves the same gratitude and praise as he does. I think he would agree with that. May God bless you as you assume new roles and responsibilites. And may your hearts always be tender when thinking of him.

  • Rachelle Norris
    Feb. 22, 2009 9:28 a.m.

    Job well done Mr. Miller! You did so much for countless! I am so greatfull for the change fo the better you have given UTAH! It is now your turn to rest! Godspeed until we meet again!

    Miller Family- Greg, PLEASE don't let your father down... PLEASE LOVE the people and UTAH just like your loving father did! Stay simple! You're father built this impire for you to watch over.... make him proud! DON'T LET IT GO TO YOUR HEAD! Your loving dad NEVER did!

  • Jazz fan from Indonesia
    Feb. 21, 2009 11:58 p.m.

    I've never beeen to the US or Utah, but I've been a Jazz fan since the 1990s. My condolences to his family. God bless you, Larry.

    Feb. 21, 2009 11:09 p.m.

    He lived the American dream and helped others along the way. God bless

  • Jim
    Feb. 21, 2009 10:04 p.m.

    As a retired widow my grandma lived a good life but had her share of lonely moments. That is, until the Jazz became a fixture in Utah. She started following them in the paper and we noticed that she could talk Jazz stats with the best of them. My brother bought her a cable subscription (a significant investment back in the day) so she could watch the games rather than listen to them on the radio. She LOVED watching those games - but not listening to the TV commentary. She had grown to love the radio announcer so much (Hot Rod Hundley) that she would turn on the TV, mute the sound, and turn on the radio for the play by play. She was in heaven! She was completely biased (any fouls called on the Jazz players were just plain wrong - criminal even!!). There were good guys (all the Jazz players) and the bad guys Detroit, Chicago, LA. Pictures of nature scenes on her walls were replaced by pictures of John Stockton, Karl Malone, and Jeff Hornacek. She died reasonably content thanks to the Jazz. A little miffed, however, that Chicago had a guy named Jordan.

  • Jazz
    Feb. 21, 2009 9:44 p.m.

    Larry was an all around great guy who sincerely cared about others.

  • Ironeye
    Feb. 21, 2009 8:51 p.m.

    From the guy he gave two fishes, what a great guy! He took them from Mark Eaton's catch but simply turned to him and said, "You can catch some more."

  • Jazz Fan
    Feb. 21, 2009 8:43 p.m.

    Best wishes to the Miller family. He will be missed by the people of Utah and beyond.

  • A 88 year old Jazz fan
    Feb. 21, 2009 8:24 p.m.

    What a sad time for all of us. What a legend Larry has been, and he will be so missed. I have enjoyed the Jazz games for many years. My sympathy to their family.

  • A.D.
    Feb. 21, 2009 7:59 p.m.

    This is truly the end of an era. Rest in Peace, Mr. Miller. Thank you for all you have done for the State of Utah.

  • Jazz forever
    Feb. 21, 2009 7:31 p.m.

    This is a sad day for the Utah Jazz. It is also a sad day for sports. The NBA as a whole has lost one of the great owners. Other sports may not realize this but with his passing it will affect many other sports too. Best of luck to his family...

    Go Jazz I hope they where his initials on their uniform, for the rest of the season.

  • Betty Jo
    Feb. 21, 2009 6:58 p.m.

    I cried when I saw his picture in today's paper. He was a generous and compassionate man, and has done so much for so many. Thank you, and thanks to his family. I trust they will carry on his important work.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 21, 2009 5:57 p.m.

    Car dealer, Utah Jazz owner, philanthropist, entrepreneur... anyone remember how Larry pulled the movie "Brokeback Mountain" from his theaters? This seems to be missing from his eulogy.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 21, 2009 5:54 p.m.

    My sincere condolences to his family. It is a well established fact that he accomplished much and gave much to the community, but at what expense? I was sad to read of his personal frustration over not spending more time raising his family.Then I felt even sadder as I viewed all 72 pictures only a handful of which showed him with any part of his family. I respectfully wonder what one of his press conferences would sound like now?

  • John Brailsford
    Feb. 21, 2009 5:37 p.m.

    What a great human being. He was a great business man, family man and a true Christian. He was like a huge nugget of pure gold in a simple package wrapped in plain paper and tied with a string. On the surface, he may not have appeared to be anything special, but he was among the greatest of men we will have the privilege to know.

    God bless you and your family, Larry!

  • Cullimore Family in OK
    Feb. 21, 2009 5:23 p.m.

    Larry H. Miller will be missed by all he influenced, directly and indirectly. What a great man, a great example.

    He will be missed. God bless the Miller family.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 21, 2009 4:59 p.m.

    A sad day Friday. Trully a great man. The Jazz won't be the same.

  • soakblue
    Feb. 21, 2009 4:52 p.m.

    Rest in peace, Mr. Miller. You were a colorful man to be sure, but always honest and a class act in my interactions with you. All the best to the Miller family in your time of loss.

  • DixieGirlFromSt.George
    Feb. 21, 2009 4:48 p.m.

    Generous, altruistic, selfless, sensitive, and inspirational. Larry Miller was a legend in his own time. To his family: you can be very proud of all he stood for. We were blessed, as a state, to have him and you here.

  • Huge Fan
    Feb. 21, 2009 4:42 p.m.

    I couldn't wait for thursday to roll around so I could listen to Larry on the radio. He had amazing insight and some great stories.He will be sorely missed, but look at the legacy he has left. My condolences to the family.

  • Rex and Bonnie Pinegar
    Feb. 21, 2009 3:53 p.m.

    Bonnie and I wish to express our condolences to the Larry H. Miller family. He made a unique contribution for good to the lives of many living in Utah and beyond. His stand in prohibiting the showing of "Brokeback Mountain" in his theatres showed a unique commitment to morality and family values. We honor him for that and the many other acts of courage in his service to the community.

  • LVJazzFan
    Feb. 21, 2009 2:28 p.m.

    My family wants to send the Miller family so many thanks and condolensces. Thank you for what you have done for your community, your nation, your religion, and your world. Thank you for being such a great fan of sports in general and for stepping up and keeping the Jazz where they belong. We hope your family will feel the comfort and joy of knowing you are in a better place.

    Feb. 21, 2009 2:21 p.m.

    We wish the Miller family our prayers at this sad time.

  • Nick
    Feb. 21, 2009 2:03 p.m.

    What a terrible way to start this article -- graphs and graphs about his health problems. How about starting with this man's amazing life and (if you deem it necessary) chronicling his health issues deep into the story.

  • April
    Feb. 21, 2009 1:34 p.m.

    He built many bridges for me, I hope to build them for others in his place. We'll miss you Larry!

  • anonymous
    Feb. 21, 2009 1:19 p.m.

    Thank You for the wonderful gift of the BYU baseball "back to back" fields. Gayle thanks for talking Larry into the gift. You, all you ,the whole Miller family will continue to make our lives better because of your generosity. God bless you all.

  • Jazz Fan!
    Feb. 21, 2009 1:03 p.m.

    I'm 33 years old, and I can't remember life without the Jazz! Thank you, Larry H! I could only wish to make contributions to the community that you have! Go Jazz!!! I hope they had a retro Jazz uniform waiting for you on the other side!!!!

  • Ralph & Marie Hafen
    Feb. 21, 2009 12:49 p.m.

    Our world needs heros like Larry Miller. In spite of his many successes, we want to express our appreciation for his being an honorable husband and father. There are too many broken homes and unfaithful husbands and his example will be be a lasting example for others. God bless your sweet wife and lovely family.

  • EM
    Feb. 21, 2009 12:46 p.m.

    Not a very flattering photo you displayed of him. One only has to think that perhaps he didn't take good care of himself. Being overweight brings on a whole set of health problems that a lot of people face today. Too bad for Larry though, hope he continues his goodness in the next life.

  • Chris
    Feb. 21, 2009 12:25 p.m.

    Thank you Larry for doing so much for Salt Lake City and Utah as a hole. You have given us so much and I am forever grateful. Thank you for keeping the Jazz in Utah and providing thousands the joy of watching the finest franchise in the NBA all these years. God speed my friend and thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  • New Mexico Jazz fan
    Feb. 21, 2009 12:16 p.m.

    Larry will be missed, he was a great man and my heart and prayers go out to his family. He save the franchise and he has dont alot for the Jazz and all of Utah. Thank you Larry.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 21, 2009 12:13 p.m.

    What a great life! a great example of making a extraordinary impact on a community! Even though he did many great things in the public eye, I know of many personal private stories of Larry's generousity. One example, when my friend's 4 year old son had terminal cancer, Larry continued to pay my friend's wages while giving him serveral months off work.

    Gail, we wish you and your family well!

  • RockOn
    Feb. 21, 2009 11:59 a.m.

    He gave better than he got. Thank heavens for underachieving high school kids that turn into college dropouts. So many like Miller have had the gumption to go get something done.

    An American legend.

    Great condolences to the Miller family.

    Jazz... Win one for the Miller. He deserved it.

  • Jeff from Moscow, Idaho
    Feb. 21, 2009 11:59 a.m.

    Since John Stockton (I was raised in Spokane) joined the Jazz I have been a fan going thru the ups and downs all fans do. Miller has been the cornerstone to the continued success of the Jazz. How many owners in the current NBA have been able to keep quality (hard work, dedicated) players for many years creating stability that most teams lack. This season has been tough in many ways for Jazz fans. However, it is the traits that Miller and Sloan (they are so similar) bring to the franchise that have kept them going. SLC was/are fortunate to have quality leadership like these two. By supporting the team you will be supporting MIller's memory. RIP!

  • Rob
    Feb. 21, 2009 11:29 a.m.

    I didn't know even a small amount of Larry H. Miller had done. What a wonderful life and what a wonderful wife who supported him. You are someone to learn from.

  • sb
    Feb. 21, 2009 11:21 a.m.

    Job well done. Thanks for making Utah better. May you rest in peace. Best wishes to your family.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 21, 2009 11:19 a.m.

    We love you larry

  • KOY
    Feb. 21, 2009 11:15 a.m.

    Larry wasn't perfect, but I'll bet he had a positive influence on nearly everyone in Utah. I used to do some work for him at one of his homes, I bough a new car from one of his dealerships, and I've spent countless hours watching the Jazz. Not to mention the meals at his resturants and the many evenings spent at his movie theaters.

    Thank You Larry and Thank You Gail for letting him work so much so we could all benefit from his many accomplishments!

  • Ray T.
    Feb. 21, 2009 11:12 a.m.

    A real inspiration and a great man in so many more ways that wealth. His true and real rewards awaits him. His family can be very proud

  • scrapbookmomx5
    Feb. 21, 2009 11:08 a.m.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Miller Family. We here in Utah have truly lost a great man.

    Calciplyaxis, however, if caught early enough and treated properly, IS CURABLE. Mr. Miller's may have been too far advanced, but it can be cured. My aunt was diagnosed with it and the doctors pretty much gave up on her. After internet research, and some input from a wonderful nurse back in Maryland, we insisted that she be given Sodium Thiosulfate. Her ulcers began to heal and no more ulcers developed. SHE SURVIVED and is back to teaching in the Salt Lake School District. I don't want someone to think that they are given a death sentence if they are diagnosed with Calciphylaxis.

  • scrapbookmomx5
    Feb. 21, 2009 10:59 a.m.

    My condolences go out to the Miller family. Utah has truly lost a great man.

    I have to say something, however, about Calciplylaxis,the disease that they said in the article is incurable. NOT TRUE. My aunt was diagnosed with it and survived; she is living proof. It is a horrible, painful disease, yes. Rare, yes. In fact,a doctor told her that she couldn't have had it because it doesn't exist. But she lived through it. I would hate for someone to be diagnosed with it and remember what was written here and give up hope. Larry Miller's may have been too far advanced to be reversed, but caught early enough and treated properly, IT CAN BE CURED.

  • Dutch
    Feb. 21, 2009 10:56 a.m.

    Well Done Thou Good and Faithful Servant

  • Kyle
    Feb. 21, 2009 10:52 a.m.

    Larry was a great guy. He treated nonmembers and inactive Mormons as good as active members. He was Utah's greatest!!!

  • Susan Bradock
    Feb. 21, 2009 10:49 a.m.

    What a wonderful life. I recently read an article about Larry Miller in LDS Living magazine. He was a great giver, a great friend, a great life.

  • Larry Rocked
    Feb. 21, 2009 10:39 a.m.

    I love that he was the most important guy in any room, and yet he never wore a tie, nor did he need to. What a stud.

  • Lisa M
    Feb. 21, 2009 10:38 a.m.

    He led a passionate and inspirational life. He will be missed.

  • Tarheel Ute
    Feb. 21, 2009 10:33 a.m.

    Next to the Mormon Temple and Tabernacle Chior, Larry Miller and the Jazz put Salt Lake City on the map.

    He tried to build the Jazz the right way, making the team his extended family. His players were nearly always like as people as much as appreciated for their basketball skills. He was loyal to them to a fault, and loved in return.

    It is a shame he did not like long enough to see a championship. I hope his family continues the same fine leadership and philosophy.


  • Texas Jazz Fan
    Feb. 21, 2009 10:07 a.m.

    Larry was a wonderful man. The state of Utah owes a great debt to him for all he did over the years. We are very sad to learn of his passing, but we celebrate his life of goodness, caring for others, and always giving of himself. He will be greatly missed.

  • mark
    Feb. 21, 2009 9:52 a.m.

    were all as planets that reflect the truth in this vast creation. its ironic how larry was able to respond to the truth and procreate a future for his loved ones to prosper and have hope, from a simple choice to act upon. his life is worth much more than the things he had to endure or sacrifice to accomplish. as our economy is weak he also has come to a statement sealed with his death...yet i beleive that he is doing just fine and so should his family...eternally. he was able to do much for jesus christ and thats what makes it worth everything...

  • John McD
    Feb. 21, 2009 9:25 a.m.

    "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith" - 2 Timothy 4:7

    The best way I can think of to summerize Larry H. Miller's life. Remarkable man.

    My thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 21, 2009 9:15 a.m.

    A Life well lived.. Thank you

  • big fan
    Feb. 21, 2009 9:11 a.m.

    God bless Larry!

  • Lilmorg3
    Feb. 21, 2009 9:06 a.m.

    Say what you will about Larry, but one thing is certain...he was genuine. My dad played fastpitch with Larry for many years. My sister ran into him several years ago at a restaurant, the night before the signings of Boozer and Okur were announced. He told her about the signings and asked her what she thought. When she called me that night I was skeptical to say the least. Sure enough, the announcement was made the next day. That's the kind of person he was...thank you, Larry! You'll be missed!!

    Feb. 21, 2009 8:55 a.m.


  • Thank You Larry
    Feb. 21, 2009 8:51 a.m.

    My deepest condolences to the Miller family.

    Larry Miller was an incredible person whose good works will live on.

  • Clint Braidwood (Boston)
    Feb. 21, 2009 8:50 a.m.

    All my prayers and thoughts are with the Miller Family. He was an unbelievable philanthropist who taught through example. His efforts alone is the sole reason the Jazz have a permanent home in Utah. A team that the city lives and dies by. You have given us all so much joy. God bless you.

  • Michelle
    Feb. 21, 2009 8:49 a.m.

    I am glad that this WONDERFUL mans suffering is over! God Bless you Mr. Miller and THANK YOU for all you have done and all you have been!and for EVERYTHING you are!
    You will NEVER be forgotten!

    Gail- There is NO doubt in Larry's LOVE FOR YOU!
    He is now preparing your home in heaven!

  • moodblu
    Feb. 21, 2009 8:44 a.m.

    Thanks to Bro. Miller's family for all he's done for our community. After all the awesome things he's done in sports and entertainment and automobiles, I think his support and participation in the Joseph Smith Papers Project has been his crowning achievement. Thanks for sharing him with all of us.

  • proudamerican
    Feb. 21, 2009 8:38 a.m.

    Condolences to the Miller family. Thank you for sharing Larry with Utah--we're a better place for his having lived here.

  • Chistopher Jones
    Feb. 21, 2009 8:35 a.m.

    Let's tell it like it is--Larry Miller has done more for putting Utah on the map than any man since Brigham Young!

  • Mavs Fan
    Feb. 21, 2009 8:34 a.m.

    Well done Mr. Miller, rest in peace - and best wishes and comfort to those who love you in their memories of you.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 21, 2009 8:00 a.m.

    Utah is better because of you. Thank you.

  • Jeff in Richfield
    Feb. 21, 2009 7:43 a.m.

    Thanks for the memories Larry. Thank you for bringing the Jazz to Utah, and thanks for all you stood for. You truly are an amazing example of a great business man, and a true son of God. You will be missed.

  • A great man
    Feb. 21, 2009 7:35 a.m.

    A great man who lived his life with wisdom and devotion. His example of keeping the Sabbath Day holy will forever be etched in my mind. Our prayers are with his family at this time of such a great loss. He fought a good fight,he finished his course he kept the faith.

  • Jeff Corry
    Feb. 21, 2009 7:32 a.m.

    Glad he had such a positive role in Utah history. He deserves some hard earned rest!

  • Lon Pearson
    Feb. 21, 2009 7:32 a.m.

    We'll miss you. You reminded me that we went pheasant hunting when we were teenagers.
    I felt bad I had forgotten. Our sympathy
    to your family, and my brother's family
    who are your cousins.

  • Doug
    Feb. 21, 2009 6:59 a.m.

    I'm thankful for the car I purchased from one of your dealerships. I was given a good deal and with great respect and followup. Your attitude prevails in your employees. Bless you and your family.

  • Aaron
    Feb. 21, 2009 6:55 a.m.

    I used to live in Salt Lake City. Larry Miller's presence in the city is nearly unavoidable. He is one of the true icons of a city and state. A great man. A great religious man. A great humanitarian. All of us, wether directly or indirectly, are better people for knowing who he was and what he stood for. The NBA, the city of Salt Lake, and the state of Utah, will not be the same without Mr. Miller around. We miss him already.

  • Morgan - TX
    Feb. 21, 2009 5:43 a.m.

    Thanks Larry for all you did for the SLC community! My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family

  • Thank You, Larry
    Feb. 21, 2009 5:38 a.m.

    To Larry's family, we express our condolences. Larry is a great example of helping others and doing good. He was a talented businessman. In spite of a "diamond in the rough" personality, he was committed to doing a lot of good in this community. Because of Larry, the Jazz was able to stay in Salt Lake. His influence allowed the building of some LDS temples in areas where there was hostility towards it. He and his wife funded the Joseph Smith Papers project, a noteworthy Church history endeavor. It is a brave scholarly work that will show Joseph Smith as he was--prophet of God and as a man who had his own faults, who wasn't perfect but was perfect in trying his best.

    Larry, too, was a good man.

  • Bolsh
    Feb. 21, 2009 5:24 a.m.

    What an extreme and rare pleasure to have this great man in this great state. He was a great example to everyone. He was a source of great stability for everyone. The memories that I have gained by being a die hard Jazz fan will never leave me. I will never be able to repay or tell his family how much he has meant to me. I only wish that I could have meet him in person to at least tell him thanks. Larry you are truely amazing!

  • Mike A. Christensen
    Feb. 21, 2009 5:05 a.m.

    I met Brother Miller several years ago when he once spoke at the Orem Institute of Religion. That was great!

    I'll miss Larry as one of the few most generous and friendly contributors to our communities! I'll miss Larry's contributions to the movie industry with the financial backing for nice movies like The Work and the Glory, and his determination to stand up for right against some of the pressures from movie distributors. Way to go, Larry!

    Larry was so nice to give the community the free Christmas singalong for so many years, and we're glad that we went to the most recent one, just last year of course. Heheh, when they sang We Wish You a Merry Christmas, my family instead sang "We wish you a LARRY Christmas, we wish you a LARRY Christmas; we wish you a LARRY Christmas, and a happy BLUE year!" Heheh! (Not as a mockery of Christ, of course, but just all in fun with Larry.) We hope the rest of the Miller family will continue this nice, friendly tradition. (Please!) If so, we'll keep going!

    Thank you, Bro. Miller! I'm glad I "know this guy"!

    Mike Christensen

  • Scott and Barb
    Feb. 21, 2009 4:51 a.m.

    Gail, our love goes out to you and pray you will find peace and comfort. I know our lives have been touched and blessed greatly because of the acquaintance with you and Larry, being blessed to work on the Joseph Smith Papers, and being able to associate with you both and hearing your testimonies of Joseph Smith and the work being done! Larry is a great man and we are saddened deeply. We appreciate you for sharing your husband, and that he had been able to influence so many world wide! You truly are a great a woman, as great as Larry had been. We love you dearly!

    Scott and Barb Faulring

  • zaney boy
    Feb. 21, 2009 4:32 a.m.

    God bless.

  • Condolences from Afghanistan
    Feb. 21, 2009 3:32 a.m.

    I read about the death of Larry H. Miller here in Afghanistan. He was an extraordinary man. I'm not from Utah but went to BYU and have followed the Jazz and Brother Miller for many years. My best wishes to his family and friends.

  • Brett
    Feb. 21, 2009 2:38 a.m.

    Thank you Larry for a life well lived. You will be missed. SLC appreciates all that you have done

  • Rich England
    Feb. 21, 2009 2:27 a.m.

    Thank you for everything you've done for me. I will be forever thankful for your life, and yes it was extraordinary! God bless you till we meet again.

  • Dave in AZ
    Feb. 21, 2009 1:25 a.m.

    What a phenominal life he lead. I't rather trade places with him so he could continue to be here and help even more than 7,000 people go to work. He truly cared about others and went about doing good all the days of his life. I will miss my childhood friend as he blessed my life from afar.
    To Gail I say, your two were and are a great and eternal couple from way back when you first met in at West. Larry was true to you and his ideals. WE must carry that forward as he would want us all to do, to make ourselves better, to make Utah better and to make the country better.
    Three cheers for Larry. Hip, hip hooray!
    God Bless your wonderful family and may He support you in the passing of a father, grandfather, brother, teacher, friend, all around great guy!

  • cricket68
    Feb. 21, 2009 1:10 a.m.

    Thank you for giving so much to so many. Your family is in our prayers. You are a real HERO!!!!!

  • SAB
    Feb. 21, 2009 12:20 a.m.

    Thanks for everything, Larry. Rest in peace.

  • Mohamed
    Feb. 21, 2009 12:12 a.m.

    He was really great guy, it's the 6th year for me here in Utah and I would like to thank him for making the Jazz such a classy team because he was a classy guy.

  • ITanner
    Feb. 20, 2009 11:57 p.m.

    So sad he had to leave us at such a young age. What a great example to us all!

  • Jazz Freaj
    Feb. 20, 2009 11:48 p.m.

    Larry you will always be remembered. Are thought and prayers are with his family

  • Well Done Larry...
    Feb. 20, 2009 11:45 p.m.

    We miss you Larry. And we loved you.

  • RCB1820
    Feb. 20, 2009 11:23 p.m.

    When I heard the news, I was surprised at how emotional I became. I know Larry would appreciate my feelings since one of the lasting memories I'll have of him will be the heartfelt tears he shed at many news conferences. I wish I could have personally expressed my gratitude to Larry for his contributions to the community, well beyond stepping up to save the Jazz. Every year, Larry's organization would donate thousands of turkeys during the holiday season to the Utah Food Bank for distribution to needy families. Larry was a true giant among us -- he needs to have his own statue at the Energy Solutions Arena. Better yet, let's rename the arena the Larry H. Miller arena, for without him, we wouldn't have it or the Jazz. God bless, Larry.

  • I can't help but cry amigo!
    Feb. 20, 2009 11:23 p.m.

    Any idea how much fun I had with my son, his friends, and our community through my participation in Jr. Jazz basketball? Nobody will ever know the depth of my enjoyment. Larry wore down many a lazy banker as he built his business, and yet he was honorable. He inspired employees, created jealousy amongst his competitors, and spoke from the heart. I will always remember his candor, his immense anger when he felt wronged, his fierce loyalty for friends and hard workers, and again, the bond Jr. Jazz created amongst my son, his friends, and myself. Gail and family, your sacrifices have not gone ignored, nor unappreciated! Stan

  • Ted
    Feb. 20, 2009 10:56 p.m.

    Everyone would be a better person if they followed in Larry Millers footsteps. He was Gods loyal and devout soldier. He is the kind of man who was born to be a leader of all man kind. God bless his family.

  • Mourning in Chicago
    Feb. 20, 2009 10:54 p.m.

    I'm from Chicago, a Bulls fan of course, but also a Larry H Miller fan. He was a great person. So sorry to hear about his passing away. My condolences to his family, the Jazz, and all Jazz fans. I was really impressed with the way he stood up for his values, the way he helped others, and the good person he was. Thanks to him for all he's done for a great team in Utah!

    Feb. 20, 2009 10:41 p.m.

    We are deeply saddened to learn of Larry's passing.
    My client informed me of the news at 5:30 p.m. to day.

  • An Idahoan
    Feb. 20, 2009 10:37 p.m.

    I have read all 180 comments. Not one negative remark, only praise. The mark of this man is truly how he cared for his fellow man. We could all take a lesson from this wonderful man.

  • CDN Jazzman
    Feb. 20, 2009 10:35 p.m.

    After All, We Knew That Guy!
    A pillar in any community, anytime, anywhere.

    Tony from Canada

  • Not a Jazz Fan
    Feb. 20, 2009 10:33 p.m.

    I was a transplant to the JAZZ nation and was never a JAZZ fan but I must say, what Larry Miller did was amazing. he saved a community, city and state from absolution. He took very little for granted and wanted to give back to the community. He came from an abismal start to being one of the preeminant owners in the NBA and he will be missed. I do remember the series with Denver and I am sure it is a moment that he deeply regretted but it was his passion which fueled the moment. As a new business owner, I can reflect on his risks and say to myself, "if Larry can do it with millions on the line...maybe I can do it with thousands." Way to go Larry...you made the little man believe in himself. My condolensences to the family. GOD BLESS!!!

  • What a hero
    Feb. 20, 2009 10:30 p.m.

    Larry Miller is the type of person that children should aspire to become. He will be missed.

  • bart
    Feb. 20, 2009 10:28 p.m.

    Rarely has this world produced such a man! he will be missed.

  • Shawilli
    Feb. 20, 2009 10:14 p.m.

    I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Larry Miller, I join with the citizens of Utah in mourning the passing of this Utah legend. I extend my thoughts and prayers to the members of his family.
    Shaun Williams

  • Henry Drummond
    Feb. 20, 2009 9:57 p.m.

    I'm very sad to hear of Larry Miller's passing. I had a close friend who went through this same disease and had many of the same symptoms so unfortunately I was afraid something like this might happen. Larry was the genuine article. I didn't always agree with him but I liked the fact that what you see is what you get with Larry. He will be missed.

  • From Florida
    Feb. 20, 2009 9:56 p.m.

    What a loss! My stomach sank when I read the news. Larry Miller has done more for the state of Utah than any elected official, any other business owner, and even more than the Olympics. This is a sad day in deed. My prayers go out to the Miller family and anyone else closely associated with him.

  • Larry's
    Feb. 20, 2009 9:50 p.m.

    My HERO! He is the best of the BEST! He made Utah what it is today.

  • Brower Family
    Feb. 20, 2009 9:47 p.m.

    We were so sorry to hear about Larry H. Miller's passing. He was a great man and he will be sorely missed. We send our sympathies to his family. Aloha oe!

  • Cayama
    Feb. 20, 2009 9:45 p.m.

    Sorry to hear the news,Larry was a great man and still is a great man.God bless you in your new journy.Go Larry and Jazz.

  • Steve Day
    Feb. 20, 2009 9:44 p.m.

    If I can only make 1/100th of an impact compared to what Larry has made to his family and the community I would consider my life very successful. All we have to do is look around the Salt Lake comminity to realize how much Larry Miller has contributed to the community - each one of us has benefitted to some degee of his generosity and his desire to make
    SLC a better place in which to live. For the most part, Larry stayed true to his priorities as he saw them - family, church, friends, social growth and the employees that worked for him.

    I believe Larry's life can be used as one of the greatest examples of how people should conduct their lives.

    For someone I've never known, I will always feel the lose of the death of this great man.

  • yes: I agree
    Feb. 20, 2009 9:40 p.m.

    A very humble servant that served other and was willing to share his success. Thank you so much for all you have taught us all. May the good Lord continue to watch after your family and all of your friends. I am sure he has many things for you to do in the Heavens above. Many thanks

  • JMora
    Feb. 20, 2009 9:32 p.m.

    I worked for him in the dealership industry. he was well know as a man who always took care of his employees. I considered him my friend even without knowing who I was.

  • Laura & Justin
    Feb. 20, 2009 9:31 p.m.

    Thank you Larry for everything you have done for the state of Utah. You have provided thousands with jobs and lifted the spirits of millions through your sport venues, restaurants and movie theatres. You will be deeply missed but I pray that your enormous legacy continues to go in Utah in a way the refelcts your values and standards. We will miss you and your compassion, laugh, kindness and work ethic. You are an American Hero and we are so blessed that you have lived in our great state - much so much greater because of your vision, expertise and work ethich. Much love The Johnsen Family, Destin, FL

  • sadudee
    Feb. 20, 2009 9:30 p.m.

    Thanks Larry H. Miller . You did so much for Jazz and people in Utah. I know you since I have become Utah Jazz'fan. I just would like you to know that one man from Bangkok still remember you.

  • Gary Oberto
    Feb. 20, 2009 9:28 p.m.

    A very sad day for Utah, indeed. My heart goes out to the Miller family. May peace surround and comfort you. My father had many, many happy hours watching his beloved Jazz play. Larry touched many lives and made them all the better. Rest in peace.

  • The Morgan's
    Feb. 20, 2009 9:27 p.m.

    Larry did it his way!!!(the right way) as LAKER Fans we really respected the way he carried the great Jazz organization. We are sure he will be coaching on the other side for a much greater cause.
    Thank you Larry for being a great example of true sportmanship!!
    You we're great for the game, but even better for the great city of Salt Lake!!

    THANK YOU!!!!

  • A Fitting End...
    Feb. 20, 2009 9:18 p.m.

    I don't know the details of Larry Miller's last few hours so I don't even know if he was aware of his team's victory last night, but having fought Jordan and the Bulls twice for the NBA title, and losing, I think it's only fitting that on the last night of his life, his beloved Jazz beat the defending world champion Celtics.

    A fitting end to this part of his life, don't you think?

    God bless you, Larry Miller.

  • Thank you
    Feb. 20, 2009 9:09 p.m.

    Thank you Larry for all you have done for your family and this community. It is such a blessing to have people with the courage and talent and commitment to build a community with grace, enthusiasm, passion.


  • rattler
    Feb. 20, 2009 9:08 p.m.

    Just want to add my 2 cents. Utah was/is lucky to have Larry H. Miller. I always point out the uniqueness of things when I recognize them and LHM is a unique person whose actions have had an impact on countless people. I wish we could have had him for 20 more years. Here's hoping his legacy lives on with his remaining family.
    Condolences to his family and to Utah who will miss him dearly.

  • Sad Day
    Feb. 20, 2009 9:07 p.m.

    Larry Miller, you will be missed

  • Jim
    Feb. 20, 2009 9:02 p.m.

    Great Guy! Wish you'd been around longer. You blessed the lives of many people.

  • Justin
    Feb. 20, 2009 9:01 p.m.

    They should retire his jersey like they did with frank layden soon it won't happen next game against the hornets although that would be nice.

  • Chris J.
    Feb. 20, 2009 8:58 p.m.

    Wow, how sad for Utah. We will miss him!
    But what a Legacy he left for his family, his wife and his children. Here is a modern man who will stand with the other great men of Utah History. What an inspiration!
    Thanks Larry for your good life. God be with you.

  • Lisa
    Feb. 20, 2009 8:57 p.m.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Miller Family What a great man that he was to the Salt Lake Area, and also with the Jazz Franchise Thanks for all that he has done, We will miss you,

  • Miller Fan
    Feb. 20, 2009 8:44 p.m.


    Thank you for your great example of hard work, dedication to God and family, and for all the many financial risks you have taken to make Utah a better place. You deserve only the best. You have been an inspiration for many, certainly for me. Utah certainly has lost on of her best.

    I am sure you are basking in peace and happiness on the other side.

  • HCM
    Feb. 20, 2009 8:30 p.m.

    I met him at a Huntsman for Governor event several years ago. He was so down to earth. I was impressed. He did so much good for Utah. His positive influences will of course continue on for a long, long time.

  • Seattle, WA
    Feb. 20, 2009 8:25 p.m.

    I heard Mr. Miller speak right before I graduated from the U. I will never forget some of the advice he gave that night over 20 years ago.

    Thank you, Mr. Miller, for showing us all what a person can do when he puts his mind to it!

  • UofU Student
    Feb. 20, 2009 8:23 p.m.

    Mr. Larry H. Miller,

    I don't know how I can ever repay you with everything you have done within our community, especially at the University of Utah. Because of your kind heart to give out scholarships to unfortunate, low income students at the U, you have forever already changed the lives of many by granting us the opportunity to have a better life! Mr. Miller, thank you for everything you have done for us. In your honor, we will pay it forward to future generations in hoping to give them an opportunity to succeed in life just as you have given many of us!

    You will be missed dearly!

    Thanks, PD

  • Mike S
    Feb. 20, 2009 8:18 p.m.

    Wow after reading all that he was going threw I hope he finally has some peace. I had no idea, I was keeping up with the Jazz somewhat this year but not as much as years past. Ironically yesterday's game was the 1st game I'd seen since the opening week. That is too bad, just shows you how small basketball is compared to life. I was glad the Jazz won last night but to hear about how much suffering Larry had to endure and then to hear about his passing was so tought to handle.

    One thing about Larry is and I hope I can say the same thing when I go is that he probably had no regrets he said what he wanted to when he wanted to. Such a sad day

  • Basketball Fan
    Feb. 20, 2009 8:13 p.m.

    I grew up in Southern California, and so I am still a Lakers fan, but I can't help be a Larry H. Miller fan! The Miller family is sincerely in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 20, 2009 8:00 p.m.

    Dear Larry...
    You were everyone's friend. You were a dear friend to the Cracroft family. Thanks, Larry & Gail. Zane, we give you our love. Hang in there. Life is ETERNAL.
    Love, Parker, Dave, Terese and Family

  • Alaskan
    Feb. 20, 2009 8:00 p.m.

    From up in Alaska, we thank you Larry for your service and impact on America.

  • BK
    Feb. 20, 2009 7:59 p.m.

    Thank you for bringing the Jazz to Utah. You will be missed.

  • todd from santa ana
    Feb. 20, 2009 7:55 p.m.

    Mr. Miller, I wished right now financially i could be in Utah to meet people and be around those lives you and your family touched. I may not have always with JAZZ management on all issues. However,. you were a stand up guy, you always treated the media well, you conducted yourself with enthusiasm, class and were an active-owner. I knew of some your accomplishments for your great state but to not until today the magnitude. You saved this Jazz franchise, you treated your players with dignity, financial security and respect for all walks of life. I wish I could have met you Larry. Greg, you have a tough legacy and I know you will continue to do the great job running the Jazz, your dad is proud-we were proud that a decent, honorable man touched as many lives as he did. Take care.

  • Ron
    Feb. 20, 2009 7:50 p.m.

    To the Miller Family -
    Thank you for your husband and dad. He was fine man. Thanks for the risks that you took with Jazz and your other ventures. You brought smiles to lot of faces.

  • detemer
    Feb. 20, 2009 7:48 p.m.

    Thank you LHM. What a classy man.

  • TucsonUte
    Feb. 20, 2009 7:46 p.m.

    What would Utah be without the Jazz? Larry H. Miller was a one of a kind, self made man and he will be missed by all Utahns. He molded the Jazz into one of the ideal franchises in the NBA and gave more to the State of Utah with all of his ventures than he ever got back.

    Thoughts and prayers to the Miller family.

  • Andrew Davis
    Feb. 20, 2009 7:42 p.m.

    Your generosity, example, and advice made a big difference in the lives of a generation of young men. You are a true hero.

    It's too late now to adequately express my appreciation, but thanks.

  • I miss him a lot
    Feb. 20, 2009 7:39 p.m.

    I worked with Larry on several occasions with local educational and cultural organizations. His generosity, both his personal wealth and his incredible brain, were invaluable.

    The community is diminished with his passing.

  • Neal Harris
    Feb. 20, 2009 7:37 p.m.

    Larry was loved by Mormoms, non-Mormons, Utah fans, BYU fans, people that live in SLC and Davis/Utah counties.

    In Larry's honor, we should re-dedicate ourselves to tolerance and peaceful co-existence in this great state. I know he would love for us to become more gentle and kind - like him.

  • AH
    Feb. 20, 2009 7:37 p.m.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of this admirable man. Larry will be greatly missed by all of those he touched in life! God Bless your family in this time of sorrow and celebration of such a wonderful man.

  • APB
    Feb. 20, 2009 7:33 p.m.

    Met him a couple of times as a college student. He is an amazing man, humble and generous. We need more men of his stature in the world.

  • Thank you
    Feb. 20, 2009 7:32 p.m.

    I had a very low grade average, and quit school, went back several times, Thank you, as have had more than 20 jobs, in 40 years, as I have not felt I could make it, but, LHM gave me Hope, the ability, and the chance to use the Gift you left for me. Thank you Gail, and your family for sharing him with Utah and my family.

  • bigbluerulz
    Feb. 20, 2009 7:30 p.m.

    Condolences to the Miller family. Larry has made Utah a better place for all of us. Hopefully someday we can win one for Larry!

  • From Hawaii......
    Feb. 20, 2009 7:26 p.m.

    What a great man who was such a great example. Our prayers are with his dear wife and family. Thank-you Larry for everything you've done. Aloha!

  • jazz1fan
    Feb. 20, 2009 7:24 p.m.

    This is a terrible loss, god bless the family.

  • David
    Feb. 20, 2009 7:23 p.m.

    I had a change to work closely with Larry. I love the man with all of my heart. What an example. His capacity to love others was enormous. His love and his testimony of Joseph Smith, and his love for Gail and his dear family was deeply inspiring. He loved this area and the people within it. He loved our forefathers. He was a George Washington. He had more courage and determination than anyone I've met. I pray that his family will be comforted. We love him dearly.

  • Avenues None Stop
    Feb. 20, 2009 7:22 p.m.

    I want to send my condolence to the family and Thank Larry for his support to Salt Lake and the State of Utah as a whole. His success can make many avenues for all of US in UTAH, to lead to great success, and putting others before ourselves. Thank you for the Love and Personal respect you gave us all.

  • magnus
    Feb. 20, 2009 7:21 p.m.

    Thanks Larry Miller,

    Thanks for saving the Utah Jazz and building it into a great franchise,

    Thanks for all you have done for Utah,

    Thanks for your personal words of encouragement

    Thank you for your example

    you will be missed.

  • Ken
    Feb. 20, 2009 7:21 p.m.


    "Miller not only became the 10th largest car dealer in the nation, with 42 dealerships in six states, but he also began acquiring other businesses in the coming years. The Larry H. Miller Group eventually included 74 business enterprises movie theaters, auto dealerships, a world-class race track, a movie production company, an advertising agency, ranches, restaurants, TV and radio stations, a real estate development company, an NBA franchise, a professional baseball team, an NBA arena, a motorsports park, sports apparel stores and various philanthropic organizations. At one time they produced $3.2 billion in sales annually. He turned his CEO duties over to his oldest son, Greg, after suffering the heart attack in 2008."

  • American Dream
    Feb. 20, 2009 7:19 p.m.

    Mr. Miller had a great belief in America. I heard him speak and met him a few years ago at a Rotary function and was very impressed with his faith in American free-enterprise concepts and using good business principals in any endeavor. He had a great vision and ability to inspire us all to do more for our community and nation. We all need to look beyond ourselves to improve things around us. Condolences to his family at this difficult juncture.

  • Bill McKeever
    Feb. 20, 2009 7:09 p.m.

    So sorry to hear this. My condolences to his wife and family.

  • Tina Gyenia
    Feb. 20, 2009 7:07 p.m.

    May Utah find peace in losing you. Peace to your family.

  • George
    Feb. 20, 2009 7:05 p.m.

    I am truly saddened by the death of Mr Miller. Larry you truly were a Giant in our community. You brought the beloved jazz to Utah! You did everything in your power to help put Utah on the map. You are an example to all businessmen in Utah who want to succeed in life. We love you Larry. I hope the Utah Jazz Players dedicate this season to Larry!

  • Ronald Fox
    Feb. 20, 2009 7:05 p.m.

    Gail and Family, we grieve as all Utah grieves, Larry will be greatly missed. Larry and you Gail together have helped with so many worthy works and causes. Few people can leave this earth knowing that have contributed so much. There are many youth who you have helped with support for their higher education, that will have a positive impact on them and our society for generations to come. It goes without saying that you have given our families years of good entertainment experiences watching the Jazz or viewing movies at your theaters. I personally am very grateful for your contributions to the Joseph Smith Papers & ConSource a web site dedicated to educating the public on our Country's founders. My wife and I wish you and your family will find peace, in this very difficult time.

  • Merv
    Feb. 20, 2009 7:03 p.m.

    May he rest in peace.

  • Thank you for your example
    Feb. 20, 2009 7:01 p.m.

    He went about doing good.

  • Zrko
    Feb. 20, 2009 7:01 p.m.

    I am saddened by your passing. I admire people like him, people who use their resources to help the needy and to make a difference in this world. Thank you for all the good you have done in our community.

  • Ak Fan
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:55 p.m.

    Thank you Larry. God bless his family

  • Jazz fan forever
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:52 p.m.

    Thanks Larry! You saved the Jazz!

  • Esther B
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:52 p.m.

    I had the pleasure of going to a Jazz game the other week and was so grateful that they had wheelchair access so that I could Enjoy the game..My family surprised me by taking me...I am a young 89'r soon to be 90 in March and would go again...Thank You Larry for all that you have done...you are the Best in the West!!! Love and Comfort to your sweet wife Gail and your family... May God Bless All of you at this difficult time... May the team continue to WIN for YOU!!!

  • MillerFan
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:51 p.m.

    I think Larry added a spark to each of our lives, he will be sorely missed.

  • I'm mourning with you today!!!
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:50 p.m.

    Sure love you today Miller family. I know exactly how you feel. My dad passed away at the "young" age of 64, too. My father and I spent many hours in front of the tube watching Larry's team playing on Larry's TV station in the house that Larry built. Then afterwards we went to get ice cream from a car Larry sold us. Did he make an impact on our lives or what? I actually graduated from Larry's high school with his same grade point avg.

    Thank you Miller family for sharing your dad with us. The Lord talks of a man that was given ten talents and because he never buried it, he was given ten more. Larry shared every one of his talents and in return, was given so much more. Great family, integrity, charity, etc.

    I wish to be where Larry is headed. Please say hi to my dad for me.

  • Tim
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:47 p.m.

    Thanks you Larry for all you have done for the community if SLC and the State of UT. I had the unbelievable opportunity to work in Event Security at the Delta Center (now ESA Arena) and I have cherished those days and will continue to cherish them. Again, thank you Larry for all you've done. - Tim

  • Adam Littlefield
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:47 p.m.

    Thanks larry for giving me my first job(indirectly)
    God bless you.

  • Dick of the NW
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:45 p.m.

    Today the collective we have lost a GIANT of a MAN! As my wife and I were listening to David Locke, of 1320, over the inter-net, David broke this very sad news. The Miller Family has given so much to so many. Thanks doesn't seem enough. We are all better for having lived during the life time of Larry H Miller. What an example! Yes, LHM made sacrificies so that others reaped the benefits. May the Larry Miller Family and his close associates, be supported by Larry's faith and love for them. You will be missed Larry H Miller because we love you. God bless.

  • Christopher Joes-Newport Beach,
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:45 p.m.

    What great memories I have of Larry. I was his Elders Quorum President when he lived in Littleton, Colorado; when he was the Parts Manager for Stevenson Toyota. He also pitched for their traveling softball team. We used to go to Denver Nugget games together and he would often remark that he would like to own a NBA Team someday!! I'm a huge fan of his incrediblde American Success story. What a loss to the State, the LDS Church (Joseph Smith Papers) and to all who knew and loved him. God bless the memory of Larry Miller. Thank you for 39 years of great memories my friend!

  • Anon
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:45 p.m.

    A moment of silence, please.

  • A man's man
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:44 p.m.

    Brother Miller,
    Well done thou good and faithful servant. Not only were you a successful businessman, but a great man of integrity as well. To his family, do him proud. You have a big name to live up to. Godspeed.

  • JB
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:37 p.m.

    Great guy, great example. Utah will miss you. You truly showed what it meant to give back to the community.

  • Jeff Durham
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:34 p.m.

    Larry, I'm very saddened by your passing. I want to thank you for keeping the Jazz in SLC and being a such a stand up guy. You set a positve example for everyone.

    If more were like you the world would be a much better place. That is the true measure of a man, and you have proven to be one of the greatest. Rest in Peace.

  • Anderson
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:34 p.m.

    He will be missed. what a great man. I have great respect for him and his family.

  • James M.
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:34 p.m.

    Man... This guy inspired me. I was a failing student at West High and realized he went to West and only got C averages. Miller then went on to be one of the most admired business men in the country. This dude has brought a lot to me, my family just by entertianment alone. Larry's Family should all know that this guys time may have been cut short but he did much more than most do in 100 years. May they find comfort and we are all praying for you. Thanks Larry Personally for all you have done and will continue to do with all you have built.

  • Yogi
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:33 p.m.

    God Bless you Larry H. Miller. Things have changed but you are still with us, with every meal provided by a LHM Group paycheck, with every child's laugh at a ball game or movie, and especially with every bounce on the hardwood floor, your spirit lives with us. Thank you.

    To Gail and the kids, I hope you know you are his greatest success and legacy. Peace be with you.

    Yogi - Ogden, UT

  • Great man
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:33 p.m.

    Larry H Miller provided a member of our family the opportunity to go to college. Thanks for your generosity and contributions to society LHM.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:33 p.m.

    we will miss you!!!!!!

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:32 p.m.

    Larry's influence for good will be missed. My wish is that his family will be comforted in his absence, and they will be able to continue his legacy of good, hard work, and contribution to the community. He truly was a man who had a passion for life and people.

  • Mike and Moira Breck
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:32 p.m.

    Our family is saddened by the loss of Larry H. Miller. His legacy is one that will live forever not just here in Utah but throughout the world. He truly was a man for the World. To the Miller family our condolences. He was a man unafraid to wear his emotions on his sleeves and shared them with Jazz fans the world over. Thank you Larry. Mike and Moira Breck, St. George, Utah

  • JazzFan4ever
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:31 p.m.

    What he did in 64 years most of us couldn't in 200 years. Jazz have been the only team in all sports that I have ever watched and loved in no small part to him, sloan ,john and karl.I have always loved the blue collar effort and philosophy.It's not always about the wins or losses to them but how you do it.Give it your all leave it out on the floor.Man, Larry I will truly miss your interviews just no owners would do that and none put the heart into the Jazz like you did.How I hope you get your wish someday and a title hangs next to your banner because there should be a banner up there for the Jazz's number one fan.Wow good bye Larry Good Bye.To a truly good guy.

  • Duiz
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:30 p.m.

    Bye Larry. We really are gonna miss ya!

  • Thanks for the memories
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:29 p.m.

    Larry, you'll be missed, but your legacy will live on.

    My heartfelt condolences to the Miller family.

  • Chris
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:29 p.m.

    Mr. Miller: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  • Carrie Jensen
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:29 p.m.

    Such sad, sad news. Larry H Miller has an incredible story, I have so much admiration for him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  • GrayFamily
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:25 p.m.

    Our condolences to the Miller family. What a giant of a man, he truly did so much for the people of Utah. May the Lord bless him and his family.

  • Judi Bona
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:21 p.m.

    Thanks Larry Miller! Our hearts and prayers go out to your family!

  • LHM
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:19 p.m.

    An amazing man. He made Utah what it is now. My heart and prayers are with the Miller family. He was an amazing man and deserves all the respect in the world. I will miss him.

  • Troy
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:18 p.m.

    Jazz games won't seem the same with the special seat near the player bench being empty.

  • Joshua E.
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:17 p.m.

    A Genius, A Legend and did so much for Utah. I idolize him in many ways. You will not be forgotten in Utah. God Bless.

  • Kimley
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:16 p.m.

    Utah won't be the same without him. He did so much for the state of Utah. His influence can be felt everywhere. It's hard to believe he is gone. We will keep his family in our prayers.

  • AZ Ute
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:16 p.m.

    We are all poorer for Larry's passing. He was one of the great men of Utah. Larry, we love you brother. Thanks for all you did for us. You will be sorely missed. This loss is felt all the way down to Arizona.

  • LHM
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:14 p.m.

    This is a very sad day for all of Utah whether you are into sports or not. Larry H. Miller was a very honorable man who did a lot with a little. He made Utah what it is today and was an amazing man. There is no way that Utah would have a professional basketball team without him, he has some of the finest auto dealerships, movie theaters, and restaurants in the western United States, along with an amazing motorsports park. My heart and prayers are with the Miller family. He was an amazing man and deserves all the respect in the world.

  • So sorry
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:12 p.m.

    to hear about Larry Miller's death. He was a great example of a man who gave the fruits of his life to help many people--the epitome of a "self-made" businessman. I am sure his family contributed greatly to his success.
    Our hearts go out to his family and the Jazz, too--because of his leadership as owner of the Jazz, our whole family, living in several states, are Jazz fans! I hope that the Jazz, without Larry, don't descend into just another NBA team. They've always reflected Larry's class and integrity.

  • God bless
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:10 p.m.

    Thank you for all that you have done for Utah. You will be missed. Rest in peace and god bless you and your family.

  • Larry Rocked!
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:07 p.m.

    My heart goes out to the Miller family. Thanks you Larry, for bringing Utah so many things, including professional basketball. We'll miss you.

  • B. Bishop
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:07 p.m.

    We will always be thankful for what he has done for our community. I will miss seeing him in his courtside seats, and being so candid on his weekly radio show.
    Though most of us have never met him, we will all miss him.

  • Keiji
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:07 p.m.

    Really sad to see him leave us and also the pain he has gone through lately. I appreciate all he did for Utah through business and The Jazz. He was a big part of this chapter of Utah

  • bob marley
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:06 p.m.

    rest is peace larry, you were a great man.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:05 p.m.

    Thank You Larry for all you have done, you will be missed but not forgotten

  • Miller fan
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:05 p.m.

    Thanks, Larry for all you did for this state and our communities. You'll be missed.

  • wardimus
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:04 p.m.

    You're a good man Larry Miller. My thoughts go to your family since you've left, but you will be remembered.

  • Jiggowatt
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:04 p.m.

    Larry, thanks for all you have done for Utah and for keeping the Jazz with us. My late mother never missed a Jazz game. It brought so much joy to her life!

  • Mars
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:04 p.m.

    Thanks for all the support you've lent to laudable causes.

    God bless.

  • Gretzky
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:04 p.m.

    This is truly sad. Larry Miller was a GIANT among men!!! we will miss you! Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

  • Travis
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:03 p.m.

    I'll miss Larry H. Millers fire, my heart goes out to his family. This is a sad day but one to always remember a legend.

  • jazzy
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:03 p.m.

    Thank you Larry H, Miller for what you have done for the Utah Jazz and for the state of Utah. RIP.

  • M Rose
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:03 p.m.

    I was shocked to hear the news today. I simply want to wish his wife, family, and friends my deepest regret and sympathy. He's in a better place and he'll be with you again! God bless you!

  • Mary & Jean
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:02 p.m.

    Dear Gail;
    It is with tears of saddness that we send our Love and Sympathy to you at this most difficult time. What a stalwart man and couple you have been over the many years. We pray for you and your family at his time that you will be Comforted to know so Many, Many people Love You Both so Very Much for all You Both have done for the SLC Communities over the years!!! We can't Thank You enough for what has been accomplished because of the association with Larry H. Miller , You and Your Family. May God Bless!
    With Friendship and Love,
    The McGilvary Sisters

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:02 p.m.

    God bless Larry Miller and all that he has done for the great state of Utah. His impact will persist for generations to come. Go Jazz, and let's win a title for Larry!

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:02 p.m.

    Condolences to the Miller family!

  • Jamin
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:01 p.m.

    A sad day, Best wishes to his family and friends from Alaska.

  • Wong
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:01 p.m.


  • JazzFan4ever
    Feb. 20, 2009 6:00 p.m.

    The NBA lost more than just an owner they lost one of the truest of fans. He loved the Jazz and had so much passion to win a title.I hope he left that passion with us here and with the Jazz the passion to reach the highest level of excellence.May the Jazz bring home a title to a man that deserves it.He didn't just want it for himself but for the community he loved so much and did so much for. Whether you liked him or not there can be no doubt about the legacy he left behind and all the lives he touched.I will miss you so much even though I never met you.

  • TheHailstorm
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:59 p.m.

    I would like to offer the, Miller family my sincere and loving condolences.
    Larry Miller has been, to me, a wonderful example of honesty, strength of character, inspiration ,the ultimate sportsman, and the strongest individual that ever showed a total devotion to his ideals.
    Forever he will be remembered with a passionate respect by me. There is a lot of room in my heart for him.

  • Mike
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:59 p.m.

    What a truly great, man. He will be missed.

  • Thank you Larry
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:59 p.m.

    Our prayers are with his family during this time. We owe a debt of gratitude to Larry for his contribution to our community.

  • Matt
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:58 p.m.

    This is too bad. I think Larry was a genuine good guy and that he did a lot for this city.

  • socal jazz fan
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:58 p.m.

    as a huge jazz fan and an employee in the automotive world larry has made a huge impact on many people. his loss will be felt by many. he will also be missed by many... hopefully this basketball season for the jazz can really get behind this and do well this year for his memory. one way or the other, this is a big loss to the team and the league.

  • Jroseborough
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:57 p.m.

    Condolances from a longtime fan. If not for Larry Miller we wouldn't even have Jazz basketball in Utah.

  • Jeremy Andra
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:57 p.m.

    I just had my sons down to see his private car collection last week. We were talking about how different Utah would be had he not been here. He definitely changed the entire State. A great man that left his mark in a way that made all our lives a bit better. He will be missed but not forgotten.

  • Jazzfan
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:57 p.m.

    Larry H. Miller was a great man who always followed his morals and values. He created the greatest franchise in NBA history! My thoughts and prayers are with he and his family. A big piece of Salt Lake has left us today. God Bless!

  • He is the Man
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:56 p.m.

    What an outstanding person. He did so much for all of us here in Utah. He brought so much to Utah as well. As boring as people think Utah is entertainment wise. I am sure it would be a whole lot worse if it weren't for his generosity.

    Thanks again Miller family.

    Feb. 20, 2009 5:56 p.m.

    All I can say righ now is Thank you Larry for everything you have done for Utah. You are loved by many, and will be missed.

  • This....
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:54 p.m.

    is a sad day. My heart goes out to the Miller family. Larry H. Miller will be sorely missed...

  • JazzFan4ever
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:52 p.m.

    Larry never got his title but maybe he can still get his wish of bringing a title to Utah and Jazz fans everywhere.You will truly be missed.

  • D Shields
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:51 p.m.

    Our hearts and thoughts are with the Miller family at this time of loss. Love you, Larry. You will be missed.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:49 p.m.

    I was so hoping that he would be able to get better after his amputations. Bless his heart!

    Sincere condolences to his family.

  • Buzz
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:49 p.m.

    We've lost a great man and a greater legacy. Sadly diabetes took over. Yes, Larry you'll be missed. Peace to your beloved family and millions of friends will always remember your generosity and character. Not to be beaten.

  • John Hugens in Korea
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:48 p.m.

    That's awful, Larry Miller was a perfect model of support for the Utah community during the 15 years I lived there.

    He will be missed, and is surely in heaven as we speak.

    A truly great man, great Utahan, and overall a good person.

    Your impact won't soon be forgotten on the people of Utah.

    Goodbye, people around the world were touched by you, and don't forget it.


    -John Hugens, Seoul Korea

  • D Shields
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:47 p.m.

    My heart and thoughts go out to the Miller family. Larry is much loved, well respected and will be sorely missed.

  • We love you
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:47 p.m.

    Larry is a great guy and loves his family and faith.

    You'll be missed.

  • dpammm
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:46 p.m.

    We lost a great citizen today. My condolences to his family and friends.

  • TheHaistorm
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:45 p.m.

    I would like to offer the, Miller family my sincere and loving condolences.
    Larry Miller has been, to me, a wonderful example of honesty, strength of character, inspiration ,the ultimate sportsman, and the strongest individual that ever showed a total devotion to his ideals.
    Forever he will be remembered with a passionate respect by me. There is a lot of room in my heart for him.

  • JazzFan4ever
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:45 p.m.

    He will really be missed by me. I loved his interviews and the way he ran the Jazz and became a fan in part due to him.He made mistakes but learned from them and had the courage to say when he was wrong. I wish his family well and am truly,very truly so sad that he is gone.What terribly sad news for true Jazz fans everywhere.Larry you will be missed more than you will ever know or could possibly know.

  • R.I.P.
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:45 p.m.

    You and your family have done so much for this community. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Hatch77
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:44 p.m.

    I send my condolences to the family. I have great respect for Larry H. Miller and all he did for the people of Utah!

  • Jazzfan
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:44 p.m.

    He was a great man. He always stood up for his values and morals even if they differed from what others thought. He was the owner and creator of the greatest franchise in NBA history. My thoughts and prayers go out to he and his family. Thanks Larry!

  • Donald Aguirre
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:44 p.m.

    Can't believe it.

    Feb. 20, 2009 5:44 p.m.

    A sad ending to a productive life! Every person in Utah and many outside of Utah were effected in one way or another to this man. I feel he was a good guy at heart and cared for others despite his money. I'm gonna miss seeing him in his seat at ESA for sure!

  • JN
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:43 p.m.

    Thank you Larry and the Miller Family for all you have done for our State and Community!

  • Utahn
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:43 p.m.

    He will be missed. He deserves many thanks for all he has done for Utah, and hopefully we can all learn something from this great man's life.

  • State Farm Staff
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:43 p.m.

    Condolences to the Miller family in this time.

  • Larry Fan
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:42 p.m.

    Self made - Loyal - I'll miss his works. For now we know who's in charge of organizing the angels!

  • Las Vegas Fan
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:41 p.m.

    Larry Miller was one of the greats, that we all will miss. It seems we are losing all of the great people who have changed our lives. He has made a wonderful mark on this earth.

  • So Sorry to hear about your loss
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:41 p.m.

    Larry was an Icon and served our community with heart. He will be missed but his legacy to Utah will live on.
    Taylorsville Resident

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:40 p.m.

    Thanks for everything you have done for the community and for sports in Utah Larry. You will be missed.

  • How very sad
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:40 p.m.

    My heart is sad at his passing. I really loved Larry for all the good he did for Utah. A great Utahn. My heart goes out to Gail and his family. God Bless You.

  • Joseph Q. Jarvis
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:40 p.m.

    This is a sad day for all Utahns. Blessings on Gayle and her family.

  • Jon Rawle
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:39 p.m.

    I was saddened to hear of Larry's passing. He will be greatly missed in our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Miller family.

  • Sincere Condolences
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:39 p.m.

    A great man and a community contributor.

  • Bryan Weston
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:39 p.m.

    What a giant of a man - for his business, his community and his Church. He will be missed!

  • BYU Law Student
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:39 p.m.

    My condolences to the family. Thank you for your generosity and charitable endeavors in the community. And thank you for keeping the Jazz in Utah. God bless.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:39 p.m.

    Larry Miller: Thank you for providing so many people with such great entertainment, for so many years.


  • Jason
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:39 p.m.

    How incredibly sad that his numerous health problems would lead to this.

  • steve
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:39 p.m.

    God bless his family

  • Rasta Fella
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:38 p.m.

    Sad dang we'll miss you Larry... GO JAZZ!

  • Lisa
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:37 p.m.

    My condolences to his family and to all that knew him. He was a tough businessman and made a lot of enemies over the years but he also did a lot of good also. Rest in peace, Larry.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:37 p.m.

    The end of a legend. No one did it better, in a smaller market than Larry.

  • Jazzed
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:37 p.m.

    Thanks, Larry, for all the memories. God bless to the Miller family during this very difficult time.

  • Chris Bennion
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:36 p.m.

    My sincerest condolences to his family. I am grateful for having known him and the positive impact he had on my life.

  • Thank you Larry.
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:36 p.m.

    You have done more for Utah sports and probably many other facets of Utah life than anyone I know. You will be missed.

  • RIP Larry
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:36 p.m.

    One of the more humble and honorable wealthy men this world has seen. He'll be sorely missed

  • A good man
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:36 p.m.

    So sorry to hear this. Our condolences go out to his family.

  • Nugentrocks
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:36 p.m.

    such a terrible loss for our community. We will miss you Larry and remember the legacy you have built in our state. May your family find comfort in the great things you did. My heart goes out to them

  • jazz fan
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:35 p.m.

    that is so sad for the Utah Jazz team and for Utah i am prying for his family

  • Monty
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:35 p.m.

    God bless him.

  • Lou Ann Wilbur
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:35 p.m.

    A giant of the Salt Lake community has left us.
    He will be greatly missed. He will be remembered as a kind and generous man who helped so many around him. May the Lord comfort his family at this time. Thank you Larry H. Miller for the great example you were to all of us. The Salt Lake area will always remember you.

    The Wilbur Family
    Panaca, Nevada

  • Marc C.
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:35 p.m.

    Larry is one of the most influential people in Utah sports. I'm not sure that we would have had the opportunities of the Winter Olympics, the National Ice Skating Championships, and many other sports if Larry had not stepped up and kept the Jazz franchise here in Utah. I have never met him personally, but during radio interviews and on TV, he seemed like an amazing individual. I wish his family the best.

  • Thank you
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:34 p.m.

    Thank you so much for all you have done for this state. You will deeply be missed.

  • ann cannon
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:34 p.m.

    Best wishes and much love to the Miller family.

  • hsfootballfan
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:34 p.m.

    Larry did so much for basketball fans in the state of Utah, this is really sad he was way to young. God Bless his family!

  • Craig
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:34 p.m.

    I'll never forget the night that Stock hit the shot in houston. I went with Jared to the airport. As we were running back to our car, Larry's car passed us and I yelled "Isn't this fun?" He stuck his head out and said "YES IT IS!"

    Saying thank you just doesn't seem like enough.

  • Lou Ann Wilbur
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:33 p.m.

    A giant of the Salt Lake community has left us.
    He will be greatly missed. He will be remembered as a kind and generous man who helped so many around him. May the Lord comfort his family at this time. Thank you Larry H. Miller for the great example you were to all of us.
    The Wilbur Family
    Panaca, Nevada

  • RIP, Mr. Miller
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:32 p.m.


  • Anonymous
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:32 p.m.

    Thank You for everything you did for you Utah. You will be missed. My heart goes out to the Miller family.

  • BArbara
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:32 p.m.

    This is a great man that will be missed by his family and tha community

  • Jazz Lover
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:32 p.m.

    Thanks for everything Larry.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:32 p.m.

    this is awful news.

  • God bless you Larry
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:31 p.m.

    Thanks for all that you did in our community.

  • Brent
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:30 p.m.

    ...speachless. Larry meant so much to this city and I can only hope the best for his family moving forward.

  • Jazz Fan For Life
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:30 p.m.

    Thank you for everything Larry. You were a wonderful human being. Our prayers are with your family. Go Jazz!!

  • Magna Ute
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:30 p.m.

    Thanks for everything Larry! You have been a great example to all. You have made our community better. I have great admiration for all you have done. Best wishes to your Family in this time of loss.

  • So Sad
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:29 p.m.

    To his family, from his many many friends, God bless you and your family! May God be with you! You are an inspiration!

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:29 p.m.

    He was a great man and will be missed

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 20, 2009 5:29 p.m.

    Thanks Larry! There is a great void in our community!