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William Griffin

May 17, 1943 - June 6, 2012

William “Bill” Albert GriffinOgden-William Albert Griffin, 69, passed away suddenly of a heart attack on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Bill was born in Riverside, California on May 17, 1943 to Reese Albert and Zena Graser Griffin. He married Suzanne Millspaw on June 19, 1968 in the Oakland LDS Temple. They had nine children. Bill graduated from San Benito High School then served an LDS mission to the Western Canadian Mission. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War as a helicopter mechanic. While serving in the army he met his wife; they resided in California for 10 years. Later, Bill worked for Kier Management Corporation in Ogden, Utah for 27 years. He enjoyed serving everyone around him. Bill loved working outdoors and had a gift for reaching out to those in need. He served in many church capacities, including an ordinance worker at the Ogden Temple, which he loved dearly. Bill is survived by his dear wife, Suzanne, Ogden; eight of his children: Jennifer (Brad) Ewing, Ogden; Lauren (Eric) Barnes, Ogden; Tricia Griffin, Ogden; Mary (Cory) Calvin, Hooper; Alecia Griffin, Roy; Darren Griffin, Ogden; Matthew (Natausha) Griffin, Layton; Callee Griffin, Ogden. He and his wife have 12 grandchildren, with another granddaughter expected in June; two brothers in California: Ben (LaRae) Griffin, Allan (Ann) Griffin; a sister-in-law: DaNita Griffin, Rigby, Idaho; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Shaun, his mother and father-in-law, and one brother Norman. Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Rock Cliff 3rd Ward Chapel, 236 Porter Ave., Ogden. A viewing will be held Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, and on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the Church. Please send us your condolences and a memory at


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Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Time: 10:00 am - 10:45 am

Rock Cliff 3rd Ward


236 Porter Ave, , Ogden, UT,

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Service Information

Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Time: 11:00 am -

Rock Cliff 3rd Ward


236 Porter Ave, , Ogden, UT,

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Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT,

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Timeline for William Griffin

Born: May 17, 1943
Died: June 6, 2012

Condolences for William Griffin

Chester Gay posted on 7/14/12

Fond memories of a dear friend in Vietnam and when we were stationed at Presido. The world has lost a great man.Best to Sue and all of Bill's familyChet & Eileen Gay


Martha Whittle (formerly Martha Poorte) posted on 6/19/12

Suzanne, I am so sorry to hear about Bill. My daughter, Crystal, just told me this morning about his death. I know that you will miss him so much. My prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family. He will be missed so much. I have thought so often about the fun parties and get togethers that I was able to attend with you and Bill. Please take care and know that this is only a temporty parting: you will be together forever someday. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please e-mail me if you want. I would love to hear from you. Since I moved from Roy I don't get to see Diane anymore. Take care. Sincerely, Martha


Gerri Otteson Allen posted on 6/13/12

Suzanne and Family, We are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Our hearts go out to you. We love your family! Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.With much love,The Gregg Otteson Family


Jim & Gaye Hurst posted on 6/12/12

Dear Suzanne and Family,We are so sorry to learn of Bill's passing.It was always fun running into you guys at WalMart, and chattingto catch up on things.We know that through the years your family has made many fun memoriestogether, that you will always be able to treasure.Blessings of peace and comfort to you all.Jim & Gaye Hurst


Craig G Anderson posted on 6/12/12

We are still a bit shocked to hear of the passing of Bill this past week. He lived a good life and will be missed by us all. My best memories of Bill were when Uncle Albert, Aunt Zena and the boys would drive their little pickup truck from California to visit family in Cache Valley. Great times were had at Willow Park or at Grandma Griffin's home in Logan or at our home in Newton. We so appreciate the efforts Bill put into planning and bringing to fruition the Clark reunions over the years. He has been a great example of demonstrating how to honor and respect our ancestors and to keep those memories alive.Thank you Bill for the great cousin, friend, father, grandfather, husband that you have been, you will be remembered forever..


michael hillier posted on 6/12/12

our condolences on your loss of bill. may god be with you all. bernice mike jann.


Sandy Rallison posted on 6/12/12

I remember about 3 years ago just after we moved into the ward, It was Father's Day and Callee gave a talk about her father (Bill) that day in sacrament meeting. That is when I truly learned who Bill was...from the eyes of his daughter. She cried pretty much through the whole talk andI cried out in the audience. Callee loved her father so much and she shared with us what a wonderful, loving, service giving man Bill was, both for their family and for their neighbors and ward members and I'm sure lots of others we don't know about that Bill came in contact with everyday at work. I know he loved his family very much especially his sweetheart Suzanne. I know Bill is close by his family at this time, I pray that you will be comforted knowing you will be together again, how lucky we are to know our loved ones are waiting for us and as Brigham Young said, the reunion on the other side of the vail is far more jubilous than when a baby is born here on earth. Bill is reunited with his loved ones that went on before him...You are a special family, and our prayers are with you at this time. Love,Sandy & Rick Rallison


Robert Blakely posted on 6/12/12

I had such an enjoyable relationship with Bill. While it was established and cultivated at family gatherings (or Cory and Mary moving!), he was so much fun to know and be around. It was always so evident to me of his immense love for his bride and the care and selfless service he gave to his children. Bill, while you will be missed here on this Earth, prepare the way for us--as I am sure you will--in the glory hereafter! I will remember you with a smile on my face and will miss you at the Easter Egg Hunts of the future.... Bob


Gary and Carol Penner posted on 6/11/12

How sad Gary and I were to read about Bill's passing. Our prayers are with you once again this year. We love your family and hope you know that we are praying for you.


Jeff Maddock posted on 6/11/12

I am so sorry to hear of brother Griffin's passing. I spoke to him at your father's funeral. He came and talked to me right before the funeral. He was a genuine person who cared about those he was visiting with. He loved his family very much. I know that you will be with him again. May the spirit of the Lord be with you and your family.Love, Bishop Jeffrey G. Maddock


Rodney and Peggy Morris posted on 6/10/12

Suzanne, We will dearly miss Bill being part of our popcorn group.....Great memories of getting together with all of us and reminiscing about our families and things we were doing in life...Our deepest condolenses to you and your family....We love you with all our hearts....Rodney & Peggy Morris


Blaine & Marilyn Beckstrand posted on 6/10/12

We are sorry to hear of Bill's death. We have very fond memories of the old San Jose 4th Ward, and those memories include the Griffin family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Blaine and Marilyn Beckstrand


Elder and Sister Green posted on 6/10/12

Sister Griffin,We were so shocked and saddened to hear of Brother Griffin's passing. We wish we could have been at the funeral but due to our mission we will have to send our condolences in this message. It was such a pleasure to work with Brother Griffin in the Temple. He was always so willing to accept any assignment happily. He also was so dedicated to his calling and always did his best. We enjoyed our Temple trips and dinners and being able to visit. He will be missed.The gospel is such a blessing when a loved one leaves us. Nothing can be as great a comfort and give a greater feeling of peace.May the Lord bless you,Elder and Sister Green


Lynn & Linda Melville posted on 6/10/12

We are so sorry to learn of Bill's passing. We send our love and sympathy. Bill was such a special person ... Willing to serve others and the Lord in anyway that he could. He will truly be missed.


Pamela and Glenn Conover posted on 6/10/12

We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. We are praying for you that you will feel peace.


Tricia Griffin posted on 6/10/12

I love so much Dad. I hug my mom. I help support my mom. I really help lots care over my mom. I feel spiritual of gospel be true together families and friends. I goal of temple too. I love true church. I watch forward to Temple soon. I feel love so spirit closer to my dad's love all families and friends. I really know spiritually of faith and positive together families and friends.


Linda Mae Hewitt posted on 6/9/12

So sorry to hear of your sudden loss. Bill was such a nice man. Your family was always so nice to me, very welcoming during my time in the ward.


Marie Lore posted on 6/9/12

One Sunday morning I lost my wedding ring down the bathroom drain. Allen was out of town, so I immediately called to your house. Suzanne said that Bill was in meetings. My heart sank, as my ring was custom made and very precious to me. Not long after that, Bill was at my front door, decked out in his Sunday best, ready to pull the pipes apart. He had the whole job done in less than five minutes!!!! Then he hurried off to the next meeting, serving someone else, no doubt.I am so thankful for Bill. He didn't have to come that Sunday morning, but his selfless nature couldn't keep him away. He was such a great example of Christlike service and compassion. No job was too big or too little for him.....not even a ring caught in a drain.All my love,Marie


John Herbst posted on 6/9/12

We were so shocked to hear of Bill's untimely death. We want to send our love and condolences to the Bill Griffin family. Wish we could be there. He was a wonderful man who cared about everyone. He was so helpful to my wife and daughter in preparation for there move to Germany. Bill was there to see if they needed anything and to do some repairs on our house before it was sold. He was truly a Saint in his devotion to the gospel of Jesus Christ. We will miss Bill greatly. Our prayers are with your family at this time of great sorrow.Love, The Herbst - John-Linda-Anne Marie-John


Glen W Brown posted on 6/9/12

To the Griffin family, sorry to hear of the passing of your husband and father. I lost my wife Kathy Brown on the 25th of May and seems to me that Group 6 was a special group at the Temple and they need more people on the other side, to prepare for the Second Coming of the Lord. As with my Kathy, I know Bro William is extremely happy and will soon be about our Lord's work. I share that assurance with you that he's happy and in a glorious place.Glen W Brown , Layton Utah


Galen and Annice NIxon posted on 6/9/12

With sadness we read of your husband's passing, Suzanne. We extend to you and your family our love and sympathy. We so love those we served with on Group Six in the Temple.