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GRIFFITH, EARL Earl G. Griffith, "Griff to his many friends" died August 11, 2006 at Assured Assisted Living in Castle Rock. Born in Milan, Washington in 1919, he grew up in Spokane collecting mineral specimens and became an International Petroleum Geologist. Best known as Mr. Denver Basin for his exploration work in the early days of the Denver Julesberg Basin. Earl was also well known for his shooting prowess and was sent to participate in national matches at Camp Perry, Ohio; celebrating his 16th birthday on the first trip. He graduated Washington State University with a degree in Geology and his commission as a combat engineering officer in the US Army and served nearly three years in the South Pacific under General MacArthur, also becoming one of the first Alamo Scouts. He married Eileen Hudson and after the war they lived in Venezuela before settling into life in the US, living in Montana before coming to Denver to pursue his geological career. He was prepared to go anywhere in the world with maps and GPS for consulting work anywhere he might be called. They lived and worked not only in Venezuela but Australia, the Philippines, Columbia, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Tunisia and Mauritius. He loved traveling for pleasure as well as business. He had many hobbies such as fishing, hiking, researching archeological sights, scuba-diving and snowmobiling at his wilderness cabin "Troublesome" that was dear to his heart. He belonged to many professional organizations including the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, American Association of Geologists, The Society of Petroleum Earth Scientists, Colorado Scientific Society, Rocky Mountain Oceanographic Society, Petroleum Pioneers, and many more. He adored his family and leaves behind his wife, Eileen, son's Gary and Jock and their wives, grandsons Justin, Chelton, Scott, Derek, Mark and Kevin and a Great Grandbaby Clara. Memorial services will be Monday August 21, 2006, @ 11:00 a.m. at St Lukes Episcopal Church, 1290 Poplar Street, Denver, CO. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: RMAG Foundation, 826-16th Street, Suite 505, Denver, CO 80202.
Published in Denver Post on Aug. 18, 2006