Remembering Clint Miller - A Reluctant Memorial

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Education & Training with REAZO

 

CLINT AARON MILLER        03.08.1971 - 12.11.11

 

clint miller, on line leads, memorialTHIS BLOG is about a co-worker and friend, and how some people continue to be a presence even after they are gone.

I'm writing about Clint Miller, a longtime employee and social networking wizard here at Real Estate Pipeline. Many of you followed Clint's blog on Active Rain, others knew him from his posts on Twitter and Facebook. Hundreds of you followed his fight with cancer, and offered support, on a Facebook prayer board.

Despite prayers, hopes and well wishes, numerous surgeries and chemotherapy and everyone doing everything they could, Clint died Dec. 11 at the age of 40. He left behind a wife and five children, including two ages seven and four.

"Life truly is short and I guess Clint proved that," said Pipeline co-owner Jerrold Baxter. "But he did a lot in his life - for a lot of people."

At the office he offered the encouragement that helped co-workers like Adam Chesterfield succeed. On-line, he offered the humor and enthusiasm that helped clients and friends like real estate agent Audrey Forshey laugh.

He was a cheerleader and among those who knew him, the silence left with his passing is nearly deafening.

"It just makes me so angry he's not here," said Forshey. Forshey is a real estate agent in Maryland. "It makes me angry I can't have my morning coffee and conversation with Clint on Twitter. We'd chat, laugh, all of that stuff."

 

HERE AT THE PIPELINE, it makes us angry too. We also miss the laughter that seemed to follow him like a shadow. We miss the pranks and mischief. The office has changed.

More than two months have passed since Clint's death and we have spent that time moving forward. But we have done so with some reluctance. It seems that when someone close is lost, the world should pause for a moment. But it does not.

The potpourri of toys, souvenirs and techno-gadgets once littering Clint's desk have been boxed up, another sales person has moved into his space. The changes didn't come right away or without reluctance.

For the better part of a year while he was sick, Clint remained on the Pipeline's payroll and his possessions remained on his desk - although Clint was no longer sitting at it.

clint miller, angela miller, real estate pipeline"We just kept waiting for him to get better, to come back," Baxter said.

During the months of treatment, Clint, for the most part, remained absent from the sales floor but tried to remain active on the social networking sites. When he became too sick to post on the prayer board, his wife Angela began doing it for him.

For about two months, Angela used the prayer board as a way to keep others informed of Clint's condition. Then, as it was approaching midnight on Dec. 11, 2011, about 30 minutes after his death, Angela posted on the board that Clint had died. Two days later, on what would have been their ninth anniversary, she wrote his obituary.

 

THOSE WHO HAVE WORKED here since the beginning remember before Clint was sitting at his desk. They remember when he built it.

"He literally helped build this company," said co-owner Adam Covert. "Right down to putting the desks together." That was in 2004.

In 2005, Clint first went to Baxter with the idea of using Twitter and other social media outlets as a way to promote the company, create contacts and make sales. Then, Clint already was busy with on-line socializing. When he turned his eye to using social media to market his product, it took right off.

"He developed quite the empire," Baxter said. That year he became the company's top sales executive.

clint miller, real estate pipeline, memorialClint approached potential clients with the same enthusiasm he brought onto the office. But before Clint would get around to pitching the product, stories would be told or recipes shared. There would be laughter and conversation.

"He always seemed to connect with people first," Baxter said. "He really was very good at that. He had a personality that was hard not to like."

Here at the Pipeline, Clint did more than blog and make sales. He crafted a booklet still distributed to new clients called the "Learn and Earn" that is intended to help agents become more successful working Internet leads.

Just as he offered encouragement to agents, he did the same for co-workers. "Clint always had a friendly word," Chesterfield said. Not too much advice, he didn't give lots of "Here's how I do it" suggestions. But, Chesterfield said, "When it started coming together for me, Clint always was the first one there with encouragement."

When asked who may replace him, Chesterfield wasn't so sure anyone would. "That remains to be seen. He was kind of irreplaceable."

Yes he was, agreed Forshey. She knew Clint for years on-line before becoming his customer. "He was very good at striking up relationships with people, at engaging people."

And, she added, he was brutally honest. "He was very open about himself, his mistakes and his challenges." Clint lost his first wife to cancer, fought a battle with alcohol and struggled with obesity. "He was very real."

Real is how he will remain. Posters have made their way onto the walls here at the Pipeline, serving to remind us when we forget and to encourage us when we need some. Forshey and others continue to wear the wristbands. More than 900 people remain members of the prayer board.

 

CLINT MILLER, SELF EXAM BAND, MEMORIALFOR CLINT, the prayer board was never just about being a source of support for himself, although he always acknowledged and appreciated it. Clint quickly hijacked the board to turn it into a cancer awareness board.

It seems Clint wanted two things:

  • He wanted to beat his cancer and keep on living and loving.
  • And he wanted to help others avoid what he was going through. His wasn't the only life he tried to save.

"This was preventable," Angela said. "Almost all Stage 1 cases (of testicular cancer) are cured." Clint was diagnosed with Stage 3C cancer. "He was adamant, and for good reason, to increase awareness of the disease."

The Clint Miller Prayer/Support Board is at https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/173126609400592/.

Here at the Pipeline, we hope others heed Clint and Angela's warnings. This sort of blog already is far too commonplace - especially since many of them can be avoided. We'll leave you with something Clint always loved: a good recipe. This is one of his, presented to you just as it was given to us.

 

CLINT HAND SIGNAL, clint millerClint's Verri Yukki Marinade

Depending on how much meat you are going to marinade - you can easily double this for coverage. Excellent on pork, chicken or fish - not the best on red meat.

1 cup soy sauce (DO NOT use the low salt kind), 1 cup warm water, 1/2 cup honey, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar (firmly packed), 2 tsp ground ginger (I always go heavy on the ginger - I use three), 2 tsp garlic powder (same as above here), a couple cloves of chopped garlic.

Mix in a large bowl or a gallons sized plastic bag. Add meat and let sit for at least 4 hours. Prepare meat as you normally would - pan-seared, grilled, baked, etc. Baste with left-over marinade as you cook.

Take left over marinade and pour it into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Add corn starch and continue to thicken to make a dipping sauce or a topping for rice. (Be very careful with this - the amount of sugar in this stuff, you will either scald the sh** out of it or turn it into verri yukki caramel in a matter of only a couple minutes. Stir constantly!!)

Clint Miller, Internet Marketing Manager

 

 

 

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Comments (38)

Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

You are good friend for writing this. . . 

there is a saying on Spanish. . 

"Yierba mala nunca muere"

It translates to "bad weeds on a Garden Never Die" but the flowers seem to always go first

At one time, he was the reason why I stayed with ActiveRain. . I just did not want to miss his daily input and all his wisdom.. .

I followed silently his pain from last year, his radiant fervor to live for his kids and the wife he loved so much. .I prayed for him. . and finally felt my own pain later  when I heard he finally passed on.

Clint was a unique individual that very few people would ever emulate his life level as he did.

He was an inspiration. . he still is.. . and I will never forget him

RIP CLINT . . see you in another celestial blog

Feb 29, 2012 10:36 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

So sad to lose any of our AR family.  You are a good friend and Clint must be smiling from above.

Feb 29, 2012 10:45 AM
Laurie Clark CRB Angel Realty LLC Your Monument Realtor 719-502-6572
CRB-CCSS-ASD-HBS-RSD-Denver Short Sale Agents - Monument, CO
Angel Realty, LLC

Congrats on the feature. I did not have the opportunity to read the articles Clint wrote, but he sounds like a wonderful, caring human being. Thank you for sharing his story. My heart goes out to his family. Have a great week.

Feb 29, 2012 11:05 AM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

Grant...

Although I never met Clint in person, we talked many times on the phone. He told me about prospecting in the mountains (the regular kind) and how much he loved his kids.

Funny how well you can get to know someone so far away. I miss him.

Feb 29, 2012 11:57 AM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Grant, this is a beautiful tribute to Clint. He and Angela are the most courageous and positive people I have ever known. Their example will stay with us forever. And will save lives.

Sharon

Feb 29, 2012 12:10 PM
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

What a great tribute and a fun recipe to post in his memory!

Feb 29, 2012 12:25 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

truly beautiful.

Feb 29, 2012 01:52 PM
Sylvie Dolley
My Home Group Real Estate LLC - Litchfield Park, AZ
CHMS, ePRO, SFR Phoenix Arizona Real Estate 602-32

My thoughts are with his family and friends.    I havent been here on A/R for quite a while since I just dont have the time like I once did when I 1st got into real estate.  Guess who sent me an email letting me know that I had made a great choise in my new carerr as a Realtor and that I would be great.  Thats Right, Clint!  Loved His humor and feel like I have missed out on so much since I dont check in as much anymore.
God Bless You Clint and Keep You.

Why doesnt the world stop for a moment when we lose someone wonderful?:  I guess, because it would always be stopping since we keep losing the good ones.

God Bless.

Feb 29, 2012 02:21 PM
Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta

It's always hard to deal with and tough to wrap our minds around the situation when great people are taken so young. Great post, thank you for sharing.

Feb 29, 2012 10:07 PM
Jennifer Prestwich
Henderson, Thornton, Broomfield and Westminster - Henderson, CO
Madison & Co Properties

What a lovely tribute, Grant.  I followed Clint and enjoyed his posts.  And I may just have to try his marinade...  His family will be in my thoughts.  What a very sad loss. 

Feb 29, 2012 11:00 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Here is a good reminder to live your life in the moment and contribute to what is there. Leave a signature and some history behind about the uniqueness of yourself and that you were here. I join you recognizing a fellow human being who came, touched and then exited leaving behind their essence...Thank u Grant

Feb 29, 2012 11:27 PM
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

I did not know him, bit I can see from this tribute and others that he was someone I'm sorry I missed.   

Mar 01, 2012 12:34 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

What a great post and tribute to Clint Miller...may he rest in peace!

Mar 01, 2012 12:39 AM
Angela Lyons
REAZO - Missoula, MT
Reazo.com for home buyers and sellers.

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who commented on this blog. All of us here at Real Estate Pipeline appreciate the heartfelt comments.

Mar 01, 2012 01:47 AM
Jack Snyder
Loan Officer in Orange County for FlexPoint Mortgage - San Clemente, CA
Loan Officer, San Clemente, Orange County, CA.

Thank you for sharing some of the life of Clint, I never met him. It's very poignent that you would point out, "before Clint would get around to pitching the product, stories would be told or recipes shared. There would be laughter and conversation." I seem to forget to be human sometimes, this will help me a great deal.

 

I'm making the Verry Yukki tonight!

Mar 01, 2012 04:02 AM
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

You have proved that while loved ones pass, their memories live on. Very insightful post about your friend and colleague and while I didn't know him, your post brought him back to life. May God Bless Clint, his family, friends and admirers.

Mar 01, 2012 09:03 AM
Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

I have a friend who's father died today. It is always a heartwrenching experience. My best to Clints family.

Mar 01, 2012 10:11 AM
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Grant, Thanks for the nice touching tribute to Clint.

Mar 02, 2012 04:25 AM
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

Grant,

I wish I would have known Clint!  He sounds like such an extrodinary person.  My deepest sympathies to you and all of those morning his loss! 

Mar 03, 2012 11:56 AM
Lynda White
Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How - Louisville, KY
Admin. Mgr., Keller Williams Realty

Clint showed up in my 6 featured friends on my Facebook timeline this morning, which led me to click on his profile, which led to this blog post. Very nicely done. I did not know that his birthday, which is tomorrow, is the same as my wedding anniversary. 

I know how hard it is to lose someone you love, and my thoughts are with you - his co-workers, and especially his family. Tomorrow will be a hard day for Angela. :( 

Mar 06, 2012 09:23 PM

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