Richard C. Griffin, 74, of Highlands Ranch, CO, passed away peacefully at home on December 10, 2020, after a fast-growing lymphoma cancer resurgence. He was born November 12, 1946, in Valparaiso, Indiana, to Frank Oliver Griffin, Sr. and Betty Louise Bednar Griffin. He married Sheila Walters on August 15, 1992, who survives. He is also survived by his daughters Kristin (Rod) Spearman and Karin Griffin, his four beloved grandsons Kyle and Scott Spearman and Devon and Drew Heywood, three brothers (Robert (Juanita), Frank Oliver, Jr. (Shawna), and Craig (Michelle), a sister Darlene Griffin, all in Colorado, a sister-in-law Judy Griffin of Las Vegas, and his ex-wife Linda Dalton of Chesterton, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Nick Griffin.
Rich graduated from Chesterton High School, Chesterton, Indiana, in 1964. He was an outstanding quarterback and led the 1963 CHS Trojans to an 8-2 record. Early in that season, he suffered a concussion in a game, which resulted in double vision. To compensate, he wore a patch on one eye for the rest of the schedule, earning a bit of notoriety of overcoming what could have been a season-ending injury.
He graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and earned a CPA degree from the University of Illinois in 1974. He was an Army veteran, serving as an E5 Sergeant whose primary duty was paying soldiers who returned from Vietnam. Rich was honorably discharged in December of 1971. He served as CFO of Ken-Caryl Ranch Home Development from 1973-78. He also started an oil/gas exploration company before turning his full attention to accounting. In 1995, he founded Taxtime, a tax accounting firm in Centennial, Colorado, that provided expert tax analysis and preparation for hundreds of clients until he sold the company and retired in 2013.
Rich was an outstanding athlete and played fast-pitch hardball well into his 50's.
He was a musician and an avid golfer who truly enjoyed rounds with his wife and friends to demonstrate both his athletic skills and accounting acumen. Most golfers do not even realize that you can amortize, depreciate, and even write-off strokes! He loved Colorado and its magnificent outdoors, backpacking on horses and hunting game in the Rockies. He tried helicopter skiing in Canada and even indulged in a sky diving adventure.
But the greatest delights of his life were his daughters and grandsons. He was a very "hands-on" grandfather, keeping the boys busy making sure grandpa's yard was always beautiful. He also played baseball, hockey, and golf with the kids.= and took the time to teach a few guitar chords to those who were interested.
Indeed, he lived a full and active life and will be missed by his numerous family and friends.
Published in Colorado Community Media on Dec. 19, 2020.