Lloyd James McMillan (1928-1998) was a longtime minister and radio broadcaster in Montrose. Full–time pastor of the Montrose Christian Church for 25 years, he also logged in 38 years broadcasting High School sports for KUBC, the local radio station. He was the voice of the Montrose Indians. He not only broadcast the plays that were happening, he knew a story about that student or his or her family. He never forgot a name or a face. He made each one feel very special.
This carved granite memorial, previously located outside the Montrose H.S. gymnasium that bears his name, was donated by Frank and Debbie Tucker. Frank, a longtime friend of McMillan. designed the monument to ensure that McMillan’s memory lived on. In 2021, with the passage of FB 21-116 which prohibits the use of American Indian as mascots, the former Montrose Indians became the Redhawks. Not wanting to lose this bit of Montrose sports history, the McMillan family arranged to have the memorial moved to the museum grounds.
McMillan touched many lives not only in the Montrose community but all over the Western Slope. He was known for his dedication to local youth and his flair for broadcasting local high school games. His signature sign-off message was always the same quote from Grantland Rice, “When the one great scorer comes to mark against your name, he’ll write not that you won nor lost, but how you played the game.” (The quote at the base is still in front of the gym. A new memorial for Lloyd will be placed on the base in the future)
Lloyd McMillian Memorial
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