James Griffith

James "Jim" Griffith
January 14, 1924 - January 9, 2014

Jim passed away at St. Mary's Hospital, Grand Junction, CO on January 9, 2014. He was 89.
Jim was born to Charles I. Griffith and Olga Lidemann in Hillsburro. He married Greta Frye, and had two children, Gayle James (David), Grand Junction, CO, and Jeannie Copple (Bruce), Highlands Ranch, CO.
Later, Jim married Dixie Hogue and had two children, James Dean Griffith (Pam, deceased), Grand Junction, CO, and Robert Griffith (Sandy) Grand Junction, CO. In 1961, Jim married Donna Griffith (deceased), who had three children, Richard "Rick" Griffith (Beverly), Grand Junction, CO; Donny Griffith (deceased); and Melanie Haining, Grand Junction, CO, and together they had Victor James Madison Griffith (Nancy), Saratoga Springs, UT. The two raised eight children in their 50 year marriage, a monumental task in its self. They have 17 grandchildren, who blessed them with 24 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Jim is also survived by his siblings, Duane Griffith (Mary), Albuquerque, NM; Arrahwanna Taylor (Forest "Fuzzy"), Grand Junction, CO; Dean Griffith (Verona) Grand Junction, CO, and Deanna Edwards, (Herby) Grand Junction, CO.
Jim was an inspiration to everyone and truly a "GRANDDAD". He would light up a room when he walked in by jumping up and clicking his heels together, tilting his head sideways, and then look up sheepishly and smile at everyone with his perfect white teeth.
Jim and Donna passed down a legacy of unconditional love surrounding an immense mixed family. Jim was taken away from us unexpectedly and will be missed.
There will be an Internment at the VA Cemetery on D Road on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. and a potluck dinner at the Eagles at 4:30 p.m.

Published in The Daily Sentinel on Mar. 15, 2014