Longtime resident Stan Miller passes away at 73
April 18, 2009
Stan Miller, founder of Breckenridge excavating company Stan Miller, Inc., died of natural causes Friday in Grand Junction, according to the Mesa County Coroner’s Office.
Miller, 73, lived in Summit County for several decades before moving to Grand Junction.
“He was a great guy,” said Breckenridge Mayor John Warner. “He was very involved in a lot of the development in Breckenridge and Summit County in the ’70s and ’80s.”
Miller founded Stan Miller, Inc. in 1972. His sons, Kermit and Kurt, now run the business.
Don Nilsson, a family friend of 22 years, said Miller was a “community icon.”
“Breckenridge had to grow up quickly,” Nilsson said. “Stan’s company worked on just about everything in town, from street reconstruction to the Riverwalk Center to river reclamation north of the Recreation Center.”
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He said Miller’s integrity lives on through everybody who works for the excavating company.
“One thing you could always count on from Stan was he was honest, and you could always count on (him) doing things correctly,” Nilsson said.
Warner, who was also Miller’s dentist for several years, said the 40 acres the company annexed into Breckenridge last year are to include at least 70 percent attainable housing.
He said the river improvements included as part of the annexation’s public benefit included transplanting more than 300 willows and re-routing the Blue River to its “historically correct riverbed location.”
Miller is survived by his wife, Kathie B.; his son Kermit and wife Stacy, grandsons Kolton, Kaiden and Koby; son Kurt and daughter Karla, and his brother Grant and wife Pat.
“He was just a really special person,” Kermit Miller said. “He helped grow Summit.”
As of Saturday, plans for a memorial service had not been set, according to Miller’s family.
Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or firstname.lastname@example.org.