Lawrence B. Miller 1/4/1954 – 7/2/2019, age 65
Lovingly called “Daddy-O, Larry, Bro.”
Larry was always ready for an adventure or thrill. In his 20s, he built an off-road sand rail, racing up and down sand dunes in Oklahoma. At one time, his only transportation was a motorcycle. Rain or shine, it got him where he needed to go. Later he enjoyed traveling and fishing. He visited Mexico, France, South Padre Island, Bahamas, Spain, and most of the United States.
An avid fisherman, he delighted in taking his boat out on the water and finding a honey hole. He would then mark it with his GPS and move away from the site to deter others from joining him. Later he would return to that sweet spot, drop his line and happily reel in his catch. No charter outings for him. It was the entire experience he relished, from launching and driving the boat to cruising the wide-open Gulf of Mexico and exploring the twists and turns of the nearby rivers in Gulfport, Miss., and Mobile, Ala.
As friends and family can attest, he also had a penchant for local and national news and politics. He watched cable news stations daily. Not just one, but many so he could get different “perspectives of the truth.” When he visited family in Oklahoma City, his brother always made a run to the cable company to get a box for the television in the guest bedroom. A few weeks later, the box was returned until the next visit.
Long before HGTV gained popularity with its home remodel programming, Larry was taking the same approach in his own homes. He had a vision for his projects and as a skilled craftsman, his attention to detail was superb. That skill and artistic flair really started to develop years earlier in high school at Northwest Classen (Class of ’72) when he designed and created gold and silver jewelry.
It was also while he was growing up that an affection for animals was growing, too. Later his preference was dogs, but during his youth his family had an unusual assortment of pets, including an owl, racoon, bat and crow.
Larry could light up a room with his infectious smile. He never met a stranger and would listen to their stories and opinions and sometimes share his philosophy or outlook. He liked to think of himself as never being a victim. He believed that if you did not take accountability for what was happening, then you could not change it.
He attended OSU-OKC and received an associate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology but quickly became interested in computers and later was recognized as an astute computer tech and software engineer. His success in the industry allowed him to accelerate through promotions at CMI in Oklahoma with even more advancement at Teledyne Continental Motors in Mobile where he was Vice President of Information Technology. He was the first to offer help with computers to anyone – friends, family, strangers and friends of friends. This led to the creation of his own company, Business Enabled Solutions. He prided himself on providing service without “breaking the bank” for customers.
Larry loved his mother and father, as well as his siblings. In some of his last moments, he said that he was getting to “go home,” that he was “a happy, happy boy” and that there was a list of people he could not wait to see.
Still here celebrating his life are his daughter, Crimson Jackson and her husband Brett Jackson; his longtime girlfriend Maricela Hornsby and her children and grandchildren; his brother David Miller and sister-in-law Linda Miller; his sister Elizabeth Miller; and Brandon McFarland, as well as many other family members and countless friends he made during his lifetime.
There will be two Celebrations of Life held in Larry’s honor. The first will be in Mobile, Ala., on July 21 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Azalea Manor. The second will be in Oklahoma in August. And in typical Larry fashion, he requested there be no flowers and that everyone wear comfortable, casual clothing.
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