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Richard (Dick) Edward Griffin was born on September 1, 1928, in Fresno, Ca. He went to be with his Lord on January 1, 2014. His father, Frank P. Griffin, was a dentist and a graduate of Fresno State College and the University of California Dental School. His mother, Mary Ellen Norton Griffin was also a graduate of Fresno State College. He was born in Sample Sanatorium, which was founded by his great-uncle, Dr. Thomas Sample in 1913. He graduated from Fresno High School and went on to Fresno State College where he earned a degree in Business Administration. He married Marian Lorraine Dick on December 23, 1950, at First Presbyterian Church of Fresno. They were married in the brand new sanctuary. Dick served in the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps in the Korean conflict. After he left the service he went to work at Hobbs Parsons for his mentor and friend Maynard Munger. He started as a salesman and ended his career 40 years later as President. He was an Elder at First Presbyterian Church (his grandfathers H.E. Norton and C.S Pierce had been Elders in the same church), and spent many years with Marian as a Sunday School teacher, Bethel teacher, Seeker advisor and volunteer. Dick and Marian have two married children, Scott and wife Mary Griffin of Seattle and Karen and husband Robert Nuzzolese of Fresno. They have four grandchildren, Clint Hudson of Fresno, Rebekah Petersen (Corey) of Auburn, Kathryn Pitts (Mike) of Issaquah and Matthew Griffin of Kent. They have one great-grandchild, Emelia Joy Petersen of Auburn. They loved and thrived on their relationships with young adults and other co-leaders of the Seeker college group. During their Seeker advisor years, the Griffin home would regularly have ten or more college students sleeping on couches and floors around the house. Dick was loved by many and will be greatly missed. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, teacher, mentor and friend. His faith in Jesus Christ sustained him from his conversion at a young age until his death. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on January 18, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church of Fresno, and all are welcome to attend. Memorials or donations should be sent to First Presbyterian Church of Fresno.
Published in the Fresno Bee on Jan. 12, 2014
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