Obituary - Harv McMillan

Harv McMillan

Former longtime Jackson Hole resident Harvey James McMillan died Nov. 2 surrounded by friends and family who loved him dearly. He was 66.

His family provided the following.

Harvey, aka “Harv,” was born Dec. 22, 1952 in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey to Harvey Vern McMillan and Ida Emma (Boortz) McMillan. He was raised primarily in El Paso, Texas, and moved in 1974 to Jackson Hole.

Harvey and Connie (Drom) McMillan were married from 1976 to 2005. They had two children: Jessica Lynne McMillan and Daniel James McMillan.

Harvey married Lisa (Borelli) McMillan in 2006. He moved in 2013 to Cedar City, Utah.

There are so many ways to describe Harv. He was a son, a father, a husband and a friend. He was kind, hardworking, trustworthy and a character. He was someone who would always help out a friend, a neighbor and even a stranger. Most of all, Harv was a free spirit. He loved people, animals, adventure and music.

Harv’s first job in Jackson Hole was in 1974 working as a bar back at the Silver Dollar Bar and Grill. His love for music and playing the guitar took him to bartending school at Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, where he eventually played on stage with Willie Nelson. Harv always kept the newspaper clipping of the experience in his guitar case. Harv also worked at the Jackson Food Market on Broadway and the Teton Valley Ranch in Kelly.

Harv moved in 1978 from Kelly to Wilson, where he joined the Wilson Fire Department as a volunteer fireman. Harv never missed a chicken fry, whether he was fryin’ chicken or visiting with friends. Harv worked at Jackson Lumber from 1976 to 1990.

Harvey and Connie McMillan, in partnership with August Drom and Shirley Drom, purchased Builders Lumber and Supply Co. from Jack and Dixie Sanders on Dec. 22, 1986.

Harv sold Builders Lumber 2011 and moved with his wife, Lisa McMillan, in 2013 to Cedar City, where he could be the rancher, cowboy, and free spirit that he always was.

Harv loved the outdoors — hunting, fishing or riding hundreds of miles on snowmobile or horse. He also enjoyed parking his boat in Moran Bay and listening to music in the summer.

He had a magnetic personality and could make friends with anyone and everyone. It took him no time to make fast friends when he retired to Cedar City. He will be missed by many.

Harv is survived by his wife, Lisa McMillan; children Jessica McMillan and Daniel McMillan, and their spouses Eric Seymour and Mara McMillan; granddaughter Leah McMillan; stepsons Parker Borelli and Spencer Borelli; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring of 2020. Details to come.


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