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Harvey Earnest Griffith


1944 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Harvey Earnest Griffith Obituary
Harvey Earnest Griffith was born on June 25 1944 in Longmont Colorado to parents Florence and Mike Griffith. He grew up in Estes Park along with brothers Dale and Bill. After graduating from Estes Park High School in 1962 he moved to Ohio where he worked as a welder and attended college at Youngstown University. Shortly after starting college he was drafted and sent to Vietnam. After returning home his father suffered a heart attack and was unable to work for the town; so he started his own excavation company Griffith Construction, as a way to support the family and "give the old man something to do." He married Donna Johnston in 1970 and welcomed son Michael in 1976 and daughter Susie in 1979.

     Professionally Harvey was well liked and respected amongst a generation of contractors, builders, and city planners. His jobs were always completed with the mantra that you do it right no matter how hard it is or what it takes. He loved helping anyone and everyone who needed advice, a kind word, or an emergency fix on a cold and snowy February Sunday. He always stated his work would outlast him and his grandkids. Outside of work Harvey was a complex and beloved man. Any person who ever knew or spent time with him would tell you he was tough, hardworking, ornery, jovial, kind, proud, and most importantly a good man. His house was always full of children, friends, family, and of course any neighbors who happened to show up to ask work advice at the precise moment they smelled fresh baked bread coming out of the oven. In short he was a good friend, a good son, a good brother, and a great father and grandfather to any child who needed one. 

   Harvey was preceded in death by his mother, father, wife, and daughter. He is survived by his longtime girlfriend Sharon Engstrom, brothers Dale and Bill, his son Michael, and his grandchildren Maggie, Harvey, and Sam. Funeral arrangements are still pending, please check the Allnutt website or catch Mike at the store.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on Mar. 28, 2015
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