Clinton Linnis Mills, Jr., 76, passed away February 28, 2014, in Henderson, Nevada. Linnis was born in Salt Lake City, on April 7, 1937 to the late Clinton Linnis Mills, Sr. and Ann Thorley Cox. He was the eldest of 5 children and grew up in Woods Cross. Linnis served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sydney, Australia. He later married Barbara Hansen on June 29, 1961, in the Salt Lake Temple. Linnis graduated from Utah State University with an M.S.degree in horticulture (‘68).
From 1978–1981, Linnis worked for Utah State University Extension in Salt Lake City and started KSL Radio’s Greenhouse Show. For most of his career as a horticulturalist, Linnis worked for University of Nevada Cooperative Extension in Southern Nevada where he later became the Southern Nevada Area Director. Linnis went on to work for the Las Vegas Valley Water District and retired from there this past fall. He was a longtime garden columnist for the Las Vegas Review Journal and did garden segments for then KVBC –TV 3, KLAS-TV 8 and the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s “Water Ways” show. Linnis also co-authored The Nevada Gardener’s Guide with Dick Post. He has won awards both locally and nationally. Linnis also initiated the Master Gardener Program in Southern Nevada and was a board member at Gilcrease Orchard.
Linnis was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a bishop. He also served in Boy Scouts as a Scoutmaster. Linnis had a way of making everyone feel special. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and a great friend to all he met. He will be sorely missed.
Linnis was preceded in death by his youngest sister Marian Mills. Linnis is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara Hansen Mills; daughter Missy (James) Cahill; grandchildren Noah, Calley, Courtney and Jacob Cahill; brothers Melvin (Lynda) Mills; Gordon (Joan) Mills; and sister Marcia (Mac) Roundy.
A viewing will be held Friday, March 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Palm Eastern Mortuary 7600 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, Nevada. Services will be held Saturday, March 8, at 10 a.m. at the Warm Springs Stake Center, 7670 S. Bruce, Las Vegas, Nevada. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the missionary fund for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or LDS Charities (www.ldsphilanthropies.org).