Larry Miller, creator and founder of Miller Motorsports Park, passed away on Friday [20 February] following complications due to Type 2 diabetes.
The 64-year old's career legacy includes more than 80 companies, including sports franchises the Utah Jazz and Salt Lake Bees, Miller Motorsports Park, EnergySolutions Arena, Megaplex Theatres and 39 automobile dealerships, as well as a vast number of real estate holdings including commercial and agricultural properties.
A man who truly loved Utah, its people and its land, Miller was born in Salt Lake City in 1944. From modest beginnings, he grew up in the Capitol Hill area and went on to become one of Utah's most successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. Leaving behind a profound professional and personal legacy, the entities Miller created have had a significant and lasting impact on the communities in which he did business, and the more than 7000 individuals he employed in an empire that began with the Larry H Miller Toyota store in Murray, Utah on 1 May 1979.
The American Le Mans Series, which has visited Miller Motorsports Park since its creation, led the tributes paid in mourning.
"We send our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Miller family during this very difficult time," said series president and CEO Scott Atherton, "Larry was a visionary in the truest sense and an exceptional businessman, but also one of the most genuine people I have had the pleasure of knowing.
"The businesses and facilities he built for Salt Lake City, Utah and the region as a whole will be his lasting legacy. He also had a well-known passion for the automobile and sports car racing. Realising his dream of constructing Miller Motorsports Park - truly a world-class racing facility by every measure - is something he was very proud of. He was a tremendous enthusiast of the American Le Mans Series even before our first race there in 2006.and we are all better people for having known him as a person and worked with him as a professional."
Plans for a memorial service will be announced shortly.
Miller is survived by wife Gail, five children, 21 grandchildren and one great grandchild.