Posted: Jun 4, 2013 3:02 PM
Updated: Jun 4, 2013 3:02 PM
We have lost an extraordinary young man. Connor Mills was a shining star with so much ahead of him and so much to offer all of those he touched. Some of you knew him as Con, Con-Man, Millzy, Animal, No. 12. Whatever you called him, he was our dude. He was a special, special kid who could make anyone smile and laugh. He had a positive impact on so many people in so many ways. He will always be our beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, friend and neighbor. We were, and always will be, his raving fans. We loved watching him in action and cheering him on.
Connor was a dynamic, energetic individual with a magnetic personality. By the end of the game, Connor would be friends with the toughest player on the other team. If the kid in the hall was having a rough day, Con would lift his spirits. He was kind-hearted, and his good nature to often reach out to the underdog was unique.
Here is how we remember you:
You ran before you walked. You jumped out of your crib and raced down the hall.
You learned to ride a bike on the first attempt. You learned to drive on the first attempt, too.
You could do anything you set your mind to.
You were physically gifted and excelled in athletics.
You were a dominating force on the basketball court.
You were a play-maker on the football field.
You tried hard and did well in school.
You had many friends. People were drawn to you.
You were creative, courageous, a trend-setter, and a natural leader.
You applied your creativity to everything you did, including lawn mowing.
You adopted and cared for two cats that nobody wanted.
You were kind and had a great sense of humor.
You had a smile on your face every single day and always made us laugh.
We had so many memorable experiences, from amazing family vacations to countless basketball tournaments. You made these so fun for all of us.
Connor, your time was not done and you left us too soon. God bless you, son, for all that you gave us. We were proud to be your parents every single day. The legend of Connor Mills lives on. The legend of Connor Mills lives strong. We love you and like you, just as you would tell us every night before bed, "Love and like you, Mom and Dad." We will forever keep you in our hearts, but we are comforted that you are in God's loving arms now and no longer in pain.
Connor is survived by his beloved parents, Kristi and Bill; devoted twin brother, Colin, and younger brother, Justin; loving grandparents, Judi and Cory Wackerbarth and Glenna Mills, all of Bozeman; uncle, Bart (Dana) Wackerbarth of Butte; aunt, Jennifer Mills of Sacramento, CA; and several great-aunts, great-uncles and second-cousins.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 7 at 3:30 pm. To accommodate the many people who wish to pay tribute to Connor, the service location has been moved to Grace Bible Church, 3625 South 19th Avenue, Bozeman. In lieu of flowers, you may choose to make a contribution to the Connor Mills Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Bozeman Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 1803, Bozeman, MT 59771. The hope will be to award the scholarship annually to a Bozeman High School senior athlete who embodies Connor's spirit of athletic integrity, leadership, and sportsmanship.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com