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Larry H. Miller A man who loved Utah "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. . .the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me. . .and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom" 2 Timothy 4:7-8 Lawrence Horne Miller left this world for a better one on February 20, 2009 after a long and difficult struggle to overcome the debilitating effects of Type II diabetes. He lost the battle but won the war and is now rejoicing with those whom he looked forward to reuniting with after a long separation; most notably his Grandpa Horne. Larry was born April 26, 1944, in Salt Lake City to Mary Lorille Horne and Howard Hanley West. His mother divorced his father when he was very young and remarried Frank Miller. He was raised by his mother and stepfather who adopted him. He always regarded Frank as his father. Larry has two sisters and one brother. Larry forged many lifelong friendships growing up in the Capitol Hill area. He attended Lafayette Elementary School and Horace Mann Junior High School before graduating from West High School in 1962. Although he only attended the University of Utah briefly, Larry became an advocate of higher education and has provided hundreds of scholarships to deserving young people. On March 25, 1965 Larry married the love of his life and soul mate Gail Saxton. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Larry and Gail have been blessed with five wonderful children and their spouses, 21 beautiful grandchildren and one great grandchild. Larry wore many hats but the one that he enjoyed most was that of family man. He especially loved spending quality time with his children and grandchildren fishing at his ranch in Idaho. A devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Larry relied on his faith to guide him through life. He held many positions of trust in his Ward and Stake but his favorite calling involved teaching, training and shaping the lives of the youth he worked with. Larry had a deep testimony of the principle of tithing and a profound love for the Savior. Larry viewed himself as a steward, and felt it his responsibility to do as much good as his assets would allow. He lived by and coined the phrase "Go about doing good until there's too much good in the world." Of his many philanthropic endeavors, the Joseph Smith Papers project was one of the dearest to his heart. Larry's fierce competitive spirit first manifest itself during his childhood as he became a top-notch marble shooter and state marble champion at the age of ten years old. Later, Larry became a world-class fast-pitch softball pitcher and was inducted into the ISC Softball Hall of Fame and the Utah Athletes' Association Hall of Fame. Larry had a great love for automobiles, particularly Shelby Cobras and GT40s. He created an unparalleled collection, most of which are housed in the auto museum at Miller Motorsports park. Larry was preceded in death by his father Howard West and step-father Frank Miller. He is survived by his wife Gail, his five children Greg (Heidi) Miller, Roger Miller, Steve (Jenny) Miller, Karen (Adam) Williams, Bryan (Heather) Miller, 21 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Larry is also survived by his mother, Mary Lorille Horne Miller, sister, Judy Miller, brother, Tom (Rhonda) Miller, sister Charlene (Bruce) Mitchell, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. The Miller family wishes to express its gratitude to Dr. William Dunson Jr., who worked tirelessly over the past 8 1/2 months to restore Larry to health. Special thanks are also extended to Dr. Martin Gregory, Dr. Larry Green, Dr. John Speed, Dr. Tim Beals, Dr. Michelle Mueller, Dr. Terry DeJohn, and Dr. Gael Yonnet. Thank you also to dialysis technicians Ricky Williams, Jeff Sandstrom and the numerous other healthcare professionals who served Larry with such kindness and patience. A public viewing will be held Friday, February 27, 2009 from 4 to 8 P.M. The funeral will be held Saturday, February 28th at 12 noon. Both services will be held at EnergySolutions Arena 301 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 A closed viewing for family members only will take place at the arena at 10:30 A.M immediately prior to the funeral. Interment will be at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Larry H. Miller Charities for the benefit of women and children with an emphasis on health and education at 301 West South Temple, Attention: Karol Elkington or at any Zions Bank location. Online condolences: www.larkincares.com
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Feb. 24 to Feb. 27, 2009
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