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Larry H. Miller was the owner of the Utah Jazz professional basketball team. He also presided over an automotive and entertainment empire that included more than three dozen auto dealerships, Megaplex theaters, Energy Solutions Arena (home of the Jazz), and Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.[1]

Larry Miller was born on April 26, 1944, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from West High School with a 1.7 GPA and dropped out of the University of Utah after a little more than a month.[2] He began his rise to prominence as a stocker in an auto parts store, and bought his first car dealership in 1979. He married Karen Gail Saxon, his high school sweetheart, on March 25, 1965, and they had four sons and one daughter.

Miller played softball himself, and was a fast pitcher, striking fear in the hearts of batters. He contributed $50 million to Salt Lake Community College and provided substantial funding for the Joseph Smith Papers project. Miller died on February 20, 2009, at his home of complications arising from type 2 diabetes. He was 64.

  1. LDS Week, Daily Herald, Sunday, March 29, 2009
  2. Ibid.

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