Larry and Gail Miller pose with the BYU softball team in 2001.
Reflecting upon the recent passing of Larry H. Miller, BYU Athletics honors and remembers Larry and his family for their generosity to the University and the athletic department. BYU is proud to display the Miller name on the unique combined baseball/softball facility.
Natives of Salt Lake City, Larry and his wife Gail were sweethearts at West High School. They have been a team ever since – whether the task be a family, Church, business or civic mission.
Their talents, energy and generosity have left the Wasatch Front with venues for NBA Basketball, world-class softball, professional baseball, distinctive dining and family entertainment.
Millions have enjoyed watching the Utah Jazz at Energy Solutions Arena and on KJZZ Television and attending events of the Jordan Commons and Franklin-Covey Stadium – all of which bear the Miller trademark.
Larry is survived by Gail and their five children. Brigham Young University thanks the entire Miller family for their generosity, displayed in the beautiful baseball/softball complex named in their honor. BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson offered the following condolences after hearing the news of Larry's passing:
Several years ago, Larry Miller told a group of BYU students that "Entrepreneurs have the responsibility to be involved in the community and to be willing to invest their time, talents and energy." He explained, "We must understand the big picture and what is our role and obligation."
Few people have exemplified those words as well as Larry H. Miller. At BYU we have benefited enormously from Larry's interest in and support of the University, as well as his financial contributions. We are grateful to have the Miller name prominently displayed on our campus at Miller Park, which houses our baseball and softball facilities.
Larry and Gail Miller have made many sacrifices to further education and athletics at BYU. Some may know that Larry in his "spare" time helped teach a business course at BYU's Marriott School of Management. It was, not surprisingly, extremely popular.
Knowing how Larry is loved on the BYU campus, our thoughts and our prayers go to Gail and the Miller family at this tender time. We want them to know that their husband and father left a legacy at BYU and that his generous gifts--particularly of his time and talents--will live on forever.
--President Cecil O. Samuelson