Price Giffen

  • "My Prayers and symathy are with you during this difficult..."
    - J. Wriley Shelton, Jr
  • "To all of Price and JoAnn's children & grandchildren: I was..."
    - Ann Vanderheiden
  • "So wonderful a man. Friends to all with a smile and..."
    - Tom Marsella
  • "Thanks Price for your unrelenting support and..."
    - nevil
  • "Our deepest sympathies go out to May and the whole Giffen..."
    - Ruth Morrill

PRICE GIFFEN Price Giffen passed away peacefully on July 21, 2007. Born in Fresno on October 24, 1928, he was the youngest child of Ruth and Russell Giffen. He grew up on the Westside around Mendota and Firebaugh and graduated from Dos Palos High School. While attending the University of California, Berkeley he met and married Joann Christie, of Pasadena, in November 1947. Price and Joann began farming in the area of the Cheney Substation southwest of Mendota. For 60 years, Price farmed on the Westside of Fresno County, the east side of Madera and Fresno counties, and central Arizona. Considered a leader in agriculture, he never lost his sense of excitement in watching a property or crop develop. Price measured the success of all his ventures not so much by monetary considerations but by doing the right thing. An eternal optimist, Price was a lifelong supporter of the California Golden Bears, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Boston Celtics. He read widely and was always well-informed. History was his favorite subject, and his interests were fueled by an insatiable curiosity. He had a tremendous capacity to absorb (but not divulge) an amazing amount of information. An avid tennis player, who truly loved the game, Price was a proud co-founder of the Fig Garden Swim and Racquet Club. He developed many friendships on the court and the terrace of the clubhouse. Price was also a pet lover. Price loved all the many family pets over the years and recently his life was enriched by the humorous antics and love of Daffy, Daisy Mae, and Gouda. Most important to Price, however, were the people in his life. He was loyal, patient, kind and always sensitive to the consequences of his decisions. Price was involved in a number of organizations, most particularly with Valley Children's Hospital, St. Agnes Medical Center, Nazareth House, Kelso Village, Westlands Water District, Fresno County Historical Society, University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, Merced. While his contributions to the organizations and the community were profound on many levels, Price never sought credit for his actions. He wanted the focus to be on the work that needed to be done. His many acts of kindness are too numerous to be listed. The overwhelming feeling that Price left with people is one of constant support and caring. He was always there when somebody needed him. Whether with finances or time, Price stepped forward to make things happen for the people and the organizations that he cared most about. No one will ever know all that Price did because he had no wish to be acknowledged for his contributions. Price was devoted to his parents, in-laws, brother and sisters, cousins, nieces and nephews and their families. The family would like to thank those who provided love and support recently to Price: his friends at Pardini's Coffee Shop, Jack's Primetime, the Limelight, Pat Peterson, Phil Bachelor, Cindy Olson, Jeanine Avilez, Dr. Steven Chooljian, and the staff of St. Agnes Hospice. The family appreciates all of the calls, visits, and cards from the many friends who expressed their care and concern for Price during his recent illness. He was predeceased by his son Russell; Joann, his wife of 44 years; his sister, Patricia Randall; and his brother, Mike Giffen. Price is at peace and reunited with his best friend and love, Joann. His loving support, great style and mischievous sense of humor will be greatly missed by his family: his son Steve and wife Leslie and their family, Luke, Jessica and Isobel Giffen, Fae Giffen and her fiancé Eli Reyes, Emily, Greg, and Severin Light, and Ross Giffen; daughter Gussie; daughter Sarah and her husband Cliff and their children, Laura and Sydney West; his daughter Amanda; son Chris, his children Winston and Spencer Goertz-Giffen and their mother Dorothy Goertz; son Paul and wife Darla and their family, Earl, Amelia and Victoria; and daughter May Stevens and her husband Doug and their family, Samantha, Danielle, and Allison; and Price's surviving sibling, his sister, Carolyn Peck. Friends and family are invited to a Graveside Service at Belmont Memorial Park, 201 N. Tielman Avenue in Fresno on Thursday July 26, 2007, at 11:00 a.m., followed by a reception at Fig Garden Swim and Racquet Club, 4722 N. Maroa Avenue. Remembrances may be sent to St. Agnes Foundation, P.O. Box 27350, Fresno, Ca. 93729. WHITEHURSTSullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home1525 E. Saginaw (559)227-4048
Published in the Fresno Bee from July 24 to July 31, 2007
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