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Griffith, Donn
1941 - 2020

Saturday, August 1, 2020 Donn William Griffith, D.V.M., passed peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, from complications of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. He was preceded in death by his parents Eugene Garfield Griffith and Opal Lucille Borrows, his father-in-law Charles MacTavish Pyke, his step-father-in-law Ray R. Christensen, and his first wife Judith Montgomery Munzinger, mother to Laurie and Lisa. He is survived by his adoring wife of 43 years, Gayle Pyke Griffith; his children and grandchildren, Laurie Buczek (Michael), Christopher and Nicholas of Gilbert, AZ; Lisa Michelle Griffith (Kenny), Aidan Ryan McGeehan of Rancho Santa Fe, CA; Bryan MacTavish Griffith (Stephani), Riley, Quinn, and Sawyer of Dublin, OH; and Bradley Donn Griffith (Abbey Jo), Noelle and Gloria of New Albany, OH; his brother, Elbert Garfield Griffith, Siesta Key, FL; the Pyke Family of Salt Lake City, UT, including mother-in-law, Jeanne Forrest Pyke Christensen; sister-in-law, Diane (Bill) Sartain; brother-in-law, Robert Pyke; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Dad was known as Dr. Donn to thousands of devoted pet owners and listeners of his WOSU radio show and viewers of WBNS 10TV Heart of Ohio television segments. He devoted his professional life to the care of dogs, cats, pocket pets, and exotic animals. He attended Purdue University, where he played football and proudly pledged Sigma Chi before serving with the United States Air Force Reserve. He completed a B.S. in Physiology from The Ohio State University and returned to Purdue to earn his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. In 1970, he moved to Dublin, OH to build a veterinary hospital and start a practice, also serving as the veterinarian to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, while teaching and earning his M.S. in Zoo Preventative Medicine from OSU. After 51 years of practice, Dad retired in August 2019.

We learned a strong work ethic from the example set by our father, who worked many types of jobs including, at age six, helping his big brother to deliver newspapers. Other work included ditch digging; selling Fuller brushes, Electrolux vacuums, and John Hancock life insurance; maintaining tennis courts; and serving burgers as a carhop at Swensons. As a veterinarian, he worked six days a week and was on-call for emergencies seven days a week at all hours of the day and night.

Dad was a lifelong learner and avid reader who had a thousand hobbies; most notably he was a great fisherman, euchre player, and photographer. He taught his children and grandchildren these hobbies and his love of the outdoors in their favorite vacation spot in and around Yellowstone National Park. He also started the first veterinary service in West Yellowstone, MT in 1980.

Dad taught us to keep an open mind about ideas and people, as he explored and achieved certifications in acupuncture, chiropractic, and herbal medicine. He founded Ohio Holistic Veterinary Hospital and served as president of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.

Dad made friends easily in every room he entered. Always fiercely loyal, he kept close contact with classmates from his early education in Upper Arlington, his classmates at Akron Buchtel High School, his Sigma Chi fraternity brothers from Purdue and Ohio State, and his veterinary colleagues. His 60+ years of membership in First Community Church included membership in Couples Circle 70, who have become some of his dearest friends.

A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, he told us he loved us often, and demonstrated his love in too many ways to count. We will miss him dearly while we strive to honor him in the way we live our lives.

Please visit to view a virtual memorial to our father. Those who wish may contribute to the charity of their choice or to one of Dad’s favorites: Ohio Health Delay the Disease, Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, or Cure PSP . See

Due to current health concerns, guests are welcome to join a virtual memorial service Friday, August 14th at 11am EDT. Visit to watch the service, or call or text SERVICE to 614.889.2556 for more information. Arrangements by SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL. To share memories or condolences, please visit

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Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Aug. 6 to Aug. 9, 2020.
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August 16, 2020
My name is Dr. Sagiv Ben-Yakir, a veterinarian some 10,000 miles away from US (Israel, Holy Land). For many many years I flew over from Israel once a year to attend AHVMA conferences. I knew almost none in the audience, yes - a very lonely feelings to myself for 5 long days/nights - YET - from nowhere Dr. Donn used to appear in front of me - smiling, talking and introduce to me to others - YES - he had this ability to call others feelings (lonesome in my case) and has the wish to assist them - THE ONLY GUY IN AHVMA THAT USED TO SMILE & TALK FREELY TO ME - AM I GOING TO FIND SOMEONE LIKE HIM IN FUTURE TIME? do I have to write more?
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August 13, 2020
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Kimberly Henneman
August 13, 2020
Donn has helped to spread the study and practice of complementary medicine to veterinary colleagues far beyond the USA. He was a most helpful and kind man.

May God bless and console Gayle and Donn's family, friends and colleagues.

May his loving soul Rest in Peace
Phil Rogers
August 11, 2020
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Christine Gamber
August 10, 2020
Donn and his lovely wife were always present at the VIN dinners at the now VMX meetings (formerly NAVC) in Orlando, Florida. I had the pleasure of meeting him there and seeing him for years at that dinner. He was always so kind; such a friendly and generous man who had his camera ready and his warm wit with him. He will be truly missed.
Carla Pion
August 9, 2020
A gentleman a scholar a man of his word terrific example for younger men and a great Sigma Chi.
In Hoc, Dr Donn
chip elliott
August 8, 2020
Dr. Donn was a very kind and loving human being. We were so grateful that our dogs, Milo and Jenny, were in his loving care. His donation to Purdue University in Milo's name was so thoughtful. We were touched by his thoughtfulness during our time of grief.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

God bless you,
The Giddens Family
August 8, 2020
David and I are very saddened by Donn’s passing. He was our vet for over 20 years, a friend and a wonderful person. Our condolences to Gayle and family. Sara and David Larson
Sara Larson
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