L. Brent Miner, date and place not specified | Photo courtesy of Jackson Miner, St. George News
ST. GEORGE – Broadcaster, real estate agent and resident of St. George for over 50 years, L. Brent Miner, who was part of the KDXU-AM family from 1968 to 1986 and became a successful real estate agent and started an FM station of low power who was playing his favorite jazz music, died Tuesday at his home in Bloomington. He was 69 years old.
His son, Jackson Miner, said Miner died of pneumonia caused by COVID-19. He was surrounded by his family.
Brent Miner was one of the two sons of the late L. John Miner, who built numerous radio stations in the West, including Santa Cruz and Monterey in California. Miner was born in 1952 to John Miner and his wife, the late Julie Pace Miner.
The Miner family moved to St. George in 1967 and eventually purchased KDXU-AM. Brent was an announcer for the radio station while still in high school, passing the day’s records to his friends at Dixie High School and reading the school news.
He became the station’s general manager after graduating from Dixie High in 1970 and married Debbie Lancaster in 1974.
Miner went through several changes throughout his career, including the first FM station in St. George, the city’s first television station, and the construction of the three new towers currently in the Washington Fields area in September 1985, with a passage of the old frequency. from 1450 to 890 AM and a power upgrade from 1000 watts to 10,000 watts.
The Miner family sold KDXU and KZEZ-FM in 1986 to Simmons Broadcasting.
Miner pursued a successful career in real estate in the 2000s and became one of Washington County’s top real estate agents. But his son Jackson said Miner never lost his sense of community or friendships.
“My dad was the world to me,” Jackson Miner told St. George News. “My father loved St. George and was very proud of this small town. He just cared and loved so much. He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. Truly she is the best person I have ever known and I can’t believe how lucky I have been to call him my dad and best friend over the past 28 years.
Most recently, Brent Miner was a member of the board of directors of Soft Cell Labs, a testing lab in St. George providing COVID-19 testing to residents. He was also a partner of a smooth jazz station in St. George, KWBR-LP 105.7 FM.
Tributes to Miner poured in to his Facebook page. Radio personality Barbara Champion said, “Such a wonderful man and a wonderful friend. What a great impact he had on all of us who knew and loved him. Thomas Hartman said, “Brent was one of the good guys. The world won’t be so good (a) without it. Teesha Byrnes said, “Truly the nicest guy I know. It’s heartbreaking. When I think of Brent, I think of his smile and his endless generosity.
Miner is survived by his wife, Debbie, five children and 11 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, John.
The funeral will be on Monday at the Bloomington Stake Center, 200 West Brigham Road at 11 a.m. Visitations will be Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Metcalf Mortuary, 288 W. St. George Boulevard and Monday prior to the chapel service. Interment will follow at Tonaquint Cemetery.
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