Nov 23, 2009 5:59 AM by Jeannette Hynes
Spencer Miller was a young rodeo cowboy, just starting his professional roping career. His friends say his smile was contagious, but genuine. He loved his friends, his family, and his faith.
Rob Alexander watched Spencer grow up, and remembers the times Spencer spent at his ranch outside of Calhan, Colorado.
"Some people have a natural and gentle grace with horses, comfort. He demonstrated that when he was competing on very high-caliber horses and if he got on a ranch horse," says Alexander.
More than 1,000 people attended his funeral Friday. The pall bearers were people of all ages, young and old.
"Very enthusiastic, positive, gregarious kid. Positive. One of those infectious smiles. Loved people," says Alexander.
Spencer Miller died in a car accident November 15, on Highway 50 east of Pueblo. He was coming back to Calhan from a young girl's birthday party, where he showed up dressed like Prince Charming, complete with a bouquet of flowers.
Spencer graduated from Calhan High School in 2004, class president and football team captain. He also earned a finance degree from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He got a job as a local banker, but his passion was the rodeo.
He was a member of the Little Britches Rodeo, Colorado High School Rodeo Association, and competed on the rodeo circuit in college. He became a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 2008.
Spencer Miller was 24 years old. He is survived by his mother, father, brother, grandmothers, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. In lieu of flowers, you can make a memorial contribution to the Fellowship of ChristianCowboys, P.O. Box 3010, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80934.