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Friday, February 20, 2009

Larry H. Miller passes away

Well a Utah hero and legend, Larry H. Miller has passed away today as a result of complications of Type II diabetes. Larry was a superstar in this state while being friendly, approachable and philanthropic.
The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies began with the Larry H. Miller Toyota store in Murray, Utah on May 1, 1979. Through the years, Miller amassed more than 80 businesses and properties in the western United States. Most notable are the Utah Jazz, EnergySolutions Arena, the Salt Lake Bees, Miller Motorsports Park, Megaplex Theatres, and 39 automobile dealerships spanning the Rocky Mountain West. Miller also developed a vast real estate holdings including commercial and agricultural properties.

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

Miller and his wife Gail provide close to 300 college scholarships each year. Larry H. Miller Charities, a foundation funded by monthly contributions from his businesses, fundraising events in the community, and personal donations from employees, has donated millions of dollars to communities in which Miller does business.
Larry was a car collector and racer and son Noah and I even had the opportunity to meet him and sit in his Ford GT racecar at his beautiful racetrack a couple summers ago.

Larry's been ill for quite some time now and his death comes as no real surprise. But he will be missed throughout Utah.

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