Donnie Miller, a Lexington financier, died early Saturday after falling near his cabin in the Red River Gorge area. He was 56.
Mr. Miller had been spending the night at the cabin at Cliffview near the Wolfe County-Lee County line and had placed a camping chair near the edge of a cliff, said his friend, Charles Atinay, who answered the phone at Mr. Miller's home Saturday night.
Atinay said the collapsible chair failed, and Mr. Miller lost his balance, falling 80 to 100 feet.
Atinay said Mr. Miller's brother and brother-in-law, who were also spending the night at the cabin, had already gone to sleep and did not realize he was missing until they awoke Saturday morning.
A search operation ensued, and Mr. Miller's body was found early Saturday afternoon, Atinay said.
Mr. Miller spent 16 years working at Whitaker Bank before founding his own company, DCM Lending Corp., seven years ago.
Atinay, the athletics director at Henry Clay High School, said Mr. Miller was "very amicable and approachable," a trait that helped him forge valuable relationships in the banking community.
"He assisted people with obtaining multi-million-dollar loans," Atinay said. "He had developed so many relationships. He just was a well-loved person.
"He was always somebody whose friendship and loyalty was first."
Mr. Miller is survived by his wife, Sherry, and two daughters, Erin and Sarah.