By all accounts, Mike Miller, his wife LeAnn, and their children Zoey, 12, and Miles, 7, were a loving family that enjoyed living their lives together.
On Friday night, all four were killed on US 550 near Bloomfield, New Mexico, not far from the Colorado/New Mexico border.
New Mexico State Police said their van was struck head-on by a wrong-way pickup truck driver became fatigued and crossed into their lane.
That driver, 24-year-old Brian Lee, survived the impact.
"They were just special people," said The Rev. Chris Schoolcraft, senior pastor at Argyle United Methodist Church. "And then — all of a sudden — they're just not here anymore."
The Millers were proud members of the church. Schoolcraft said the loss is immeasurable.
"Any and every way they could make a difference as a family, they were committed to that," he said.
That reputation stretched also into schools and Scouts. Argyle ISD asked everyone Saturday on Twitter to "remember this special and much loved family." The superintendent said Zoey was set to begin her sixth grade year at the intermediate school on August 25; her brother Miles was about to enter second grade at Hilltop Elementary.
LeAnn's mother, Pat Robertson, told News 8 the family was returning to Texas after a trip to Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. They were about to look for a place to pull off to sleep when the accident happened.
Cory Dixon, LeAnn Miller's 24-year-old son, was at the family's argyle home when he talked with his mother by phone for about 10 minutes shortly after 8 p.m. Friday.
The crash happened eight minutes later.
Dixon told the Denton Record-Chronicle that he was thankful to have been able to speak with his mother one last time before she died.
Mike Miller owned a head-hunting firm. His former boss, Rick Gillham, couldn't say enough about the family.
"Mike was one of the hardest-working people and most conscientious people I've ever met," he said.
Argyle United Methodist is inviting the community to a vigil at 5 p.m. Sunday to share in their love and sorrow of losing not just one, but four family members from this small town six miles southwest of Denton.
"It'll leave a hole in this congregation; it'll leave a hole in our schools; and it'll leave a hole in our community," Schoolcraft said. "It really will."
Argyle ISD is also offering counseling services to any student in the district on Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hilltop Elementary.
New Mexico State Police said Lee is not facing any charges right now, but that could change as the investigation moves forward.
Mike and LeAnn Miller are each survived by a child from a previous marriage.
The Associated Press contributed to this report