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Obituary for Findley Paine Gridley

Findley Paine Gridley

June 1, 1928 - December 22, 2015

Our husband, father, and grandfather, Findley Paine Gridley passed away at his home Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at the age of 87.


Born to Jack F. P. Gridley and Anna Jones Gridley in Ogden, Utah on June 1, 1928, he lived and worked in the Ogden area his entire life.


He attended Pingree Elementary, Lewis Jr. High, and Ogden High School where he was a Student Body officer.  Graduating in 1946, like so many of his classmates at the time, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served with the 504th Parachute Infantry Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division; attaining the rank of Corporal.


Findley married Chyrrel Parker on September 24, 1949 in Ogden, Utah.


After attending Weber State University, he received his LLD in law from the University of Utah in 1954.  He opened a private practice in Ogden working with various associates over the course of his forty-year career.  He was a member of the Utah State Bar Association and the Weber County Bar, practicing in both State and Federal courts.  He also served as an Assistant Ogden City Attorney, and as a Deputy County Attorney.


He was an avid and excellent golfer, and was a two-time member of the Board of Directors at the Ogden Golf and Country Club.  He also served as President of the Ogden Noon Exchange Club, and was President of the Wildcat Club.


He made it a point to express how fortunate he was to have retained the friendships made in his early years of school and high school. Those associations were dear to him and made a richer and rewarding life! He especially enjoyed his “membership” in the golfing groups “The Twelve Apostles”, “The Sweet Sixteen”, and “Wednesday Golf Group”. Up to the last two weeks of his life, he enjoyed early morning coffee and conversation with the group he called the “Iron Horse Coffee Group”.


Surviving are his wife of sixty-six years, Chyrrel Parker Gridley, daughters Terri (Byron) Stephens, Karen Laybourne, and son Jack Findley Paine Gridley II (Nancy), eight grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his sister Jackie Porter, and his parents.  He also left behind his beloved schnauzer, Bruder, one of four cherished dogs.


Many thanks to IHC Hospice, Renee, his nurse, and all others who made his passing so much easier. You were a blessing.


He provided a wonderful life for his family, and was a true and loyal friend. He didn’t often say it out loud, but we always knew he loved us! Goodbye, Dad, until we meet you again.


Per his wishes there will be no viewing or funeral services. He encouraged donations be made to Primary Children’s Hospital, or the Huntsman Cancer Center.


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Born: June 1, 1928
Died: December 22, 2015

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LeAnn Hunt posted on 2/11/16

I am so sorry to hear of Fin's passing. I loved working for him as a legal secretary back in 1994. He was always such a fun guy with a great sense of humor and full of stories. I never drank so much coffee in my life! What a great man.


Paulette Vernieu Herman posted on 1/11/16

Dear Chyrrel, Terri, Karen, & Jack - Was so sorry to see Finn's obituary in the paper right around Christmas. What a great picture of him! He certainly lived a good, long life! I remember the summer I worked for him when I was in college (1970, I think it was). What a wonderful experience for me - I learned a lot from him! He was such a great guy! I'm sure you'll miss him dearly. Chyrrel, my Mom, Dottie Vernieu, wanted me to express her condolences to you also. She has lots of great memories of the four of you together in your younger days, as I certainly do too. It's been just 5 years (Jan. 6, 2011) since my Dad, Paul, passed away. I have lots of fond memories of him too. I suppose Finn & Paul are now giving out free legal advice & arguing cases in heaven! Our condolences to your family, Paulette Herman & Dottie Vernieu


Betty Petersen Russell posted on 1/9/16

Dear Chyrrel, I am so sorry. I just recently joined Facebook and saw pictures of all your family. Everyone looked so great. We had some great times as young married couples. Our summer bar-b-ques were such fun. As you probably know, Val passed away 2 years ago. Val also golfed two weeks before so there is a lot to be thankful for. However - It is so strange. I think of you often and hope to see you in Ogden soon. With Love, Betty


Ryan Thornock posted on 12/28/15

Chyrrel, I was so sorry to hear about Fin. He was such a great man. He was a true and genuine person. My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. Ryan Thornock


Vicki Thiel (Zampedri) posted on 12/25/15

I can't tell you how sad I was to see that Fiddley P. had died. You see, he was the first attorney I worked for right out of high school. He was the reason I made my career as a legal assistant. I have such fond memories of him. He called me Victrolla and I called him Fiddley P. what an awesome and great attorney he was. The world was a better place because of him...My dad always said that the name we make for ourselves is what people remember at our death. Rest assured, he was a great man and will be greatly missed by many!!! May God comfort your family during your time of loss and grief... Deepest and sincere sympathy...


Katja claxton posted on 12/24/15

Karen, You and your family are in our thoughts. We are so sorry for your loss. Bryan, Katja and Katelyn


Margaret & Larry Satterthwaite posted on 12/24/15

Dear Chyrrel, Terri, Karen & Jack: I fell to my knees when I opened the paper and read this. It was just a couple of weeks ago that we had dinner with you and Finn. I am so very sorry for your loss. He was a great man. Of all the very fine legal professionals I worked with, he was at the top in terms of honest, fair, straight-forward and most of all fun. I'm assuming it was cancer? Please stay connected with us we loved you all so very much. God bless you all at this very difficult time in your lives. Margaret


Kerry Parker posted on 12/24/15

Aunt Chyrrel, Many thoughts and prayers for you and your family at this most difficult time. Uncle Finn was a giant of a man to all of us. He will be missed. I would like to think he is up in Heaven telling jokes and laughing with my Dad about know. My prayer is to bless and comfort you now and in the future. Love, Kerry