Bank of American Fork in Utah held a retirement party Wednesday for an executive who has spent 45 years with the bank.

Larry Miner, a senior vice president and chief operating officer, has retired from the bank he joined in 1968. His last full day was in January, though he will remain as a consultant through yearend, a spokeswoman said.

Miller worked as a collection agent and cashier before moving on to executive roles in his long tenure with the Bank of American Fork, during which it grew from 20 employees to the largest community bank in Utah, with $992 million in assets, the news release said.

"Larry is a living example of the value of the bank," President and Chief Executive Richard Beard said in the news release. "He has been concerned that customers feel valued and cared for while balancing compliance, regulatory and risk issues facing the banking industry."

Miller is also active in the American Fork community, and many locals attended his retirement party. Miller served for years as president of the chamber of commerce and as a director of the city's water utility.

Miller's former responsibilities as COO were shifted to two bank employees: Senior Vice President for Treasury and Administration Brian Thompson, and Operations Officer and Senior Vice President of the Northern Region Rick Anderson.

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