Local entrepreneur Larry W. (L. W.) Miller passed away peacefully at the age of 83, December 13, 2020, in Logan, Utah, surrounded by his loving family. Larry was born to Weldon Theo Miller and Lottie Gayle Berry on July 16, 1937 in Logan, Utah. He has two sisters, Shirley (Ron, dec.) Hanson and Marilyn Miller. He was married to Marilyn Leatham Miller in 1956 and they have five wonderful children, Laurie (Duane) Meacham, Rex Miller, Nancy (Mark) Clements, Brent (Diana) and Cameron (Valerie) Miller.
He is also survived by his wife of 25 years, Lindi W. Miller and her six children, Anji (Will) Gaskin, Marci (Jes) Hurst, Kami (Jake) Theurer, Krista (Jon) Thompson, T. J. (Machelle) Hart and Shanda (Travis) Baldwin. Surviving him are a total of 34 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He was loved and admired by his entire family. He is also survived by many employees, past and present, and many friends who he loved. He was preceded in death by his grandson Nicholas Mark Clements.
As a very young man in Hyrum, Utah, Larry was taught the value of hard work. He was up early every morning milking cows and then milking them again later in the day. In the summers he was hard at work in Hyrum and the family farm in Blue Creek. He loved planting and harvest time and never missed an opportunity to be on his John Deere tractor at the farm.
This love for hard work enabled him to establish Miller Transport in Hyrum, Utah in 1965, with his two cousins. He also worked at and retired from Thiokol. In 1982 he left Miller Transport and established the L. W. Miller Transportation company in Logan, Utah. He started with four employees and 2 trucks and it has grown to hundreds of employees and trucks. He eventually established diesel repair facilities in North Salt Lake City and Tremonton, Utah. At one time he owned several convenience stores throughout Utah and built L. W.’s convenience store next to his transportation center in Logan.
Larry was a visionary who saw opportunities others didn’t see. His other business ventures include commercial warehouses, Northern Utah Auto Auction, and running a large dry farm at Blue Creek. He is a leader who attracts great people, and then gives them opportunities to succeed. He considers his employees family.
Although Larry kept busy with his transportation business and the farm, he also made time to contribute to our community and state by serving in leadership positions and on many boards. A few included, the Utah Trucking Association, Cache Chamber of Commerce, Sunshine Terrace, Utah State University Foundation Board, The Old Main Society, and Logan Regional Hospital. He was also instrumental in the establishing the Cancer Center and Heart Center at Logan I H C.
Over the years, he received many awards for his hard work ethic including the 1994 Small Business Administration Entrepreneurial Success Award. In 2000 he received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year for the entire state of Utah and several awards from the Utah Trucking Association.
He was a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. More important than being a being a successful businessman, was his family. He loved them deeply and was so proud of them and their accomplishments. He also loved to travel and saw many parts of our beautiful world but was always glad to get back to his beloved Cache Valley so he could get back to work.
A celebration memorial will be held on Saturday, December 19 from 10:30-12:30 at the L. W. Transportation Center, 1050 West 200 North in Logan. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to the Cache Valley for Hope Cancer Foundation.org. (