SPUT mourns the loss of Gunnar Miller

SPUT's heart is heavy with the tragic news of the passing of Gunnar Miller.  Gunnar was the son of Marc Miller, who served the organization as our Executive Director from 2009-2011.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Miller Family during this difficult time.  

Gunnar Miller, 19, of Eagan, died October 14, 2014 as a result of injuries sustained in a skateboarding accident. Gunnar passed on a beautiful Minnesota fall day … sun shining on his back, surrounded by laughing friends with the wind blowing through his awesome hair.  His injury was sudden so he did not suffer.  He had an innate ability to grasp everything out of the day … and more importantly, he was gifted with the ability to help those around him seize everything from their days also.  His heart was huge, and he was constantly looking for ways to make those around him happier and their lives more fulfilled.

Gunnar struggled with alcohol and drugs through his later high school years.  After graduating from Eastview High School he began the journey of sobriety and was helped by countless people from all walks of life.  His journey lead him to Montana, Washington and then back to his home in Minnesota. Gunnar was celebrating 14 months of sobriety and was passionate in his zest for a new beginning.  He was headed for Augsburg College and was excited for the life ahead of him.

Gunnar is survived by his parents Marc and Anne of Eagan and his wonderful and loving brother Hunter. He also leaves his maternal grandmother, Jackie (Austin, TX); and his paternal grandparents, Carole and Jim (Torrington, WY). Because of Gunnar’s young age, he is survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many dear and close friends from across the country. 

Gathering of family and friends (10:00 am) and Celebration of Life (11:00 am) will be held on Saturday, October 18 at Shepard of the Valley Church in Apple Valley, MN, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley, MN. In lieu of flowers, the family will gather memorials and send them on to the wonderful people at The Wilderness Treatment Center in Kalispell, MT and The Grey Wolf Ranch in Port Townsend, WA so they can continue their amazing work.