Friday, February 20th, 2009 at 9:05 pm  |  41 responses

RIP, Larry Miller

by Marcel Mutoni

Some sad news as we head into the weekend. The Deseret News informs us that longtime Utah Jazz owner Larry Miller had passed away. Miller was 64:

Larry H. Miller — car dealer, Utah Jazz owner, philanthropist, entrepreneur, Utah icon — died Friday at his Salt Lake mansion at the age of 64 after a long battle with various health problems.

Miller’s health declined steeply after he suffered a heart attack in June 2008. That was followed by kidney failure, gastrointestinal bleeding and other problems associated with gout and type 2 diabetes. It took surgery, eight pints of blood, two liters of fluid and 59 days in the hospital to save his life.

He was hospitalized three more times during the next seven months. He was considered clinically dead on five different occasions during that time, once as recently as December, but was resuscitated.

Miller is survived by his wife Gail and their five children.

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  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    oh my….

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    R.I.P Larry Miller. I never liked your team, but thought the renaming of your arena to the ‘Energy Solution’ arena was a very socially aware thing to do, even if you were paid to do it. Plus, you seemed to be a good person. I never knew you, and my condolences to the miller family.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    He was a stalwort for the UTAH home games (when he couldn’t get there on the Sundays due to his beliefs his quietly intense presence was lacking…) and he was as much a fixture for the Jazz and the NBA as Sloan, Malone and Stockton…thoughts go to his family and friends at this time. A ture fighter to the end.

  • Will Lee

    One of my favorite, and one of the most devoted owners in the NBA. I will miss you.

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    R.I.P. Don’t know much about him but at 64 it is a sin. Someone’s granddaddy!! Condolences to his family and friends.

  • jose

    I also am not familiar with him,but RIP .

  • matt

    man, he loved the jazz. his wife said that when he learned that the jazz beat the celtics last night he exclaimed, “yes!” also, the jazz would have moved in ’84 if not for him and again in ’93 without the delta center.

    i don’t know if most people know, but when he was recovering from his many surgeries this year karl malone came and stayed by his bedside for 4 straight days.

    it’s sad some people think he is bigot over his conservative beliefs, but i know people who were there at a small heart-to-heart meeting he and his wife had with the leaders of the gay community in slc to try and gain more understanding. that didn’t make the papers.

    rip larry h

  • CP34MVP

    Not familiar with this man. But prayer go out to the Miller family

  • KozmicKid505

    R.I.P. Mr. Miller .. Much grief to the Miller family.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Got an email from the NBA with a statement from David Stern:

    “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.”

  • Pic

    RIP. Karl Malone was just telling stories about him when he was on Inside.

  • DWill84MVP

    I’ve met him one time in my life, and it was a great privilege to meet him. A great man and a better family man, my condolences to the miller family.

  • http://slamonline.com Chris O’Leary

    Condolences to his family. The last few months must have been agonizing.

  • Rob

    R.I.P Brotha

  • thesubwayconnection

    Wow. That’s terrible. That building, family and franchise will miss him.

  • j-smoov 5

    R.I.P. Larry Miller. Thanks for all the things you did for Utah.

  • nastierthanyou

    If am I to be takn home at the age of 64 please let it be possible that I can leave to my family what he has left to his.

  • http://hoops4life.com overtime

    RIP and condolences, one of the classier owners in the league, he loved them as a team, not as a business.

  • AlbertBarr

    The NBA, where Larry Miller Happened…a legendary owner, RIP friend…the Jazz will march on cause of your good work.

  • http://www.friendster.com/sesa Sesa

    R.I.P. I’d also like to remind y’all that is how deadly a diabetic disease

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones


  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Great job by Larry re: Brokeback Mountain.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Or the time he threatened to break his contract with UPN…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    at the TV station he ownd….

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    if they increased their “urban/ethnic” programming.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    But I imagine this isn’t the time to bring these things up.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Bigotry aside, sounds like he was mostly a good dude.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    @ Ryan 11:50: No, it isn’t.
    RIP Mr. Miller.

  • http://web.mac.com/roaringred bbaby

    Ryan, that was uncalled for.

  • http://www.slamonline.com John D

    Wow Ryan, usually you only act like a douche in topics that don’t involve a death.

  • MalevolentKing7242

    RIP Miller… You made utah into a decent team…

  • http://www.bbl.org.uk Josh D


  • http://www.slamonline.com Jack

    R.I.P Larry Miller. Thoughts to the fam.

  • Joseph

    Sorry Ryan, but that’s whack. RIP Mr. Miller.

  • http://www.youtube.com/mandiixoxo Amanda

    Rest in peace Larry Miller, my condolences to your family.

  • Be Equal

    RIP Miller. BTW Ryan, as a businessman it wouldn’t make much sense for Miller’s tv station to carry “urban/ethnic programming,” due to the fact that Salt Lake City isn’t necessarily swarming with ethnicity. If you owned a local TV station you would want programming that would be watched.

  • Slobodan Chutzpah

    Outstanding hypocritical knee-jerk reaction to Jones, everybody. Yes, you should respect the dead, to a point, and especially treat their family and friends kindly in a time of distress.

    But just because someone dies doesn’t all of a sudden make them a saint, or erase all the bad things they’ve done. There’s more than enough evidence to prove Miller was a racist and a homophobe, and one that actually acted in accordance with his bigoted convictions. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with pointing that out even if he’s dead. I’m just surprised more people haven’t done this.

  • ClydeSays

    I respect Miller for running a solid franchise for years on end and give condolences to his family.

    But there is no evidence on record that he was a wonderful human being. He also seemed to go out of his way to assemble the palest team in the NBA year after year.


    @ clydesays and Slobodan Chutzpah: Wow does time and a place mean anthing to you guys? Larry Miller was a solid dude who did a lot for the SLC area and without him we would be stuck with only college basketball and a damn soccer team. Calling him racist is childish as well. Using your logic would mean that whoever is putting the hawks together is racist too right? Nah i didn’t think so. RIP Larry H.