Employee credits Larry Miller for giving him a chance

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Larry Miller was well known to professional athletes, state leaders, even world politicians, but for some everyday, ordinary folks, he was just as endearing. One of those people says he wouldn't be the success he is now if Miller didn't give him a chance a few years ago.

Bill Kearney has been through the worst of times. "I was going through a divorce, loss of a good job," he said. Thanks to Larry Miller and the Miller family, he made it through.

The Millers gave him a job as a car salesmen at Miller Toyota in Murray even though, he says, he couldn't sell anything. "I was not a good car salesperson," he said.

But the Millers kept Kearney and helped him through his depression. He says, "They kept me so I had pride. I brought home the tiniest checks, but I felt good."

Now he's remarried, has a good job, has the priesthood in his church and has a newborn. He says it's because the Millers cared for him.

Kearney says sometimes he would find an extra $20 or $30 in his work mailbox without a note saying who it was from, but he says he knew it was the Millers helping him.

"If it wasn't for the Miller family, not so much selling cars, but giving me a place to go during the days, it's something I'll always remember, and can never repay them," he said.

Kearney says he'll never forget what the Millers did for him.

E-mail: acabrero@ksl.com

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