Roger Miller, son of late Jazz owner, dead at 45

Family members say Roger Miller, the son of the late Utah Jazz

owner Larry H. Miller, has died.

Roger Miller was ”a gentle soul” who will be missed, said

family members in a statement released late Sunday. He died Sunday

at age 44.

The statement did not detail the circumstances of his death.

The Miller family is one of the most influential in Salt Lake

City. In addition to owning the NBA team, the family owns the Salt

Lake Bees AAA-baseball team; the Tour of Utah bike race; Miller

Motorsports Park; Megaplex Theaters; Fanzz sports apparel store;

and several car dealerships.

Roger Miller was married to Cheri Light Miller and had five

daughters, four sons and three grandchildren.

He was the second oldest of five children born to Larry and Gail

Miller. Larry H. Miller died in 2009 at the age of 64. His son,

Greg Miller, now runs the family business.

Roger Miller worked in the family business for 28 years in

different positions, said Linda Luchetti, a spokeswoman for the

Larry H. Miller Group of Companies.

He worked mainly in technology, serving for many years as the

chief technology officer. He developed the ticket kiosks at the

Megaplex Theaters.

Luchetti said Roger Miller phased himself out of the day-to-day

operations of the company in the last year to focus more on his

passion of car racing.

In January, he and a co-driver finished 10th in the Grand-Am

Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series at the Daytona

International Speedway.

Family members say he also enjoyed camping, riding ATVs, scuba

diving and skiing.

Information about a memorial has not yet been finalized,

Luchetti said.