Clint Miller: Friend, Mentor, and All Around Good Guy
Mourning the loss of a great man.
Many of you may remember me talking about Clint Miller here or on Twitter and Facebook. A good friend, who I know through social media, Clint passed away on December 11, 2011 after a hard fought battle with cancer. Clint never once seemed daunted by the fight and even hopped on line last week during some of his toughest moments to chat on Facebook and update his friends. Clint meant a lot of things to a lot of people, and to me, he was a giant among men. His passion for life, his family, his friends, and helping and mentoring real estate agents was gigantic.
I met Clint online and we never had a chance to cross paths in person. His love of social media as a means of connecting was second to none. I commented to a friend last night that I loved the way “Clint humanized social media.” Clint, who worked for an internet lead generation company, made waves with his way of connecting and assisting real estate agents with their business. He never gave the hard sell to push his product. In fact, he never asked me once about it…but after getting to know him, I wound up being a client because I trusted him. Friends first, business later. It was always intriguing to me to see how he gave first…and received business later because of it. If there were a Social Media Hall of Fame, I’d certainly vote for him.
Clint used to call me randomly to check in on me, to ask how I was. He knew lots of details of my life, sometimes knowing things I don’t tell most people. He’d ask how I was, he’d tell me a funny story he heard, ask me to read his latest blog post, or just shoot the shit about life. We shared a lot of time on the phone and via blogs, email, and social media. We talked about music a lot.
It’s terrible to know that his family is now coping with a major loss, but they have been amazingly strong. His wife, Angela, has been on Facebook updating all of us whenever she could find a second, which can’t be easy to find, when you’re caring for a family as your husband fights cancer. She’s incredibly strong and I’ve come to have a great love and respect for her too. She’s become family to many in the real estate industry, as have Clint’s kids.
I could ramble for a long time about my memories of Clint, but there’s so much in my head right now it’s hard to make sense of it all. I’m sad and angry and happy and frustrated and relieved. It can’t be easy to go through all of it, so I’m happy he’ll finally get some peace and comfort, but I hate that cancer has removed someone like him from the world. No one deserves the pain of cancer yet we all seem to know someone who’s affected by it. It angers me that cancer is not yet curable. I pray that it will be in my lifetime.
Jay Thompson wrote (and filmed) a beautiful piece about our friend and he’s great at making lists of blog posts that relate to a topic…his list of Clint Miller posts is wonderful to read through as everyone shares their thoughts and feelings. I recommend you read through some and then go tell you family how much you love them.
Many have asked where and how to donate, so I include the information below. Even if it’s just a few dollars, every bit helps. Many of us are working to gather as much as we can for the family and to help them through this incredibly trying time.
Mail checks, money orders, cashiers checks (payable to: Christina Ethridge -she is coordinating the collections and 100% goes directly to the Millers) to
110 S. Riverwood Court
Post Falls, ID 83854
Please text Christina at (208) 819-2965 when you mail a check, so that she can watch out for it and make sure it arrives.
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