William Monroe Griffith
William Monroe Griffith 1951 ~ 2009 William Monroe Griffith, "Billy", age 57, owner of Griffith Plumbing, Inc., passed away suddenly on Tuesday, January 27, 2009. Billy was born May 25th 1951 at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City to William R. and JoAnn C. Griffith. He graduated from Hillcrest High School in 1969 and served his country honorably in the U.S. Army National Guard. He married Rebecca Harding (Santa Rosa, California) in 1978 and celebrated the birth of his son Cassidy in1980. They divorced in 1987. Billy had many friends, loved golf, music, travel, and was an active member of his community. In 1989 he was united in marriage to Judy Evans of Salt Lake City. They raised a family together, enjoyed scuba diving, motorcycle riding, and relaxing at their vacation home and doing charitable work in Roatan, Honduras. His greatest love was his family. Billy is survived by his wife Judy Griffith of Salt Lake City, UT, his children Wendy Overstreet (husband Derek) of Alpine, UT, Rich Gilmore (wife Shelly), Cassidy Griffith and Heather Harding (husband Ian) all of Salt Lake City, UT. Parents Bill and JoAnn Griffith of Washington, UT, siblings Becky Kearns (husband Michael) of Denver, CO, Marty Griffith (wife Maria) of Cary, NC, Joni Beplate of Salt Lake City, UT, and eleven grandchildren; Ashley, Armand, Myles, Hannah, Isabel, Teddy, Ashlee, Jake, Paisley, Ruby and Ava. He will be missed dearly. Billy's life will be celebrated in a memorial service to be held on Tuesday February 3rd, 2:00 p.m., at Murray Memorial Mortuary (5850 S. 900 E., Murray, UT). In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to honor Billy by sending a check or money order payable to: "Clinica Esperanza C/O Judy Griffith", 869 E. 4500 S., PMB #212, Salt Lake City, UT., 84107-3049. (This is a 501C3 charitable account.)
Published by Deseret News on Feb. 1, 2009.
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Dear Griffith Family,
It's been a long rough month for everyone. As the guest book here begins to close we want you to know that we will continue to pray for your strength and uplift your hurting hearts to Our Father, who promises that one day we will met again with our loved ones. As we have spoken before, we may never know the answer to "Why?" so we must live as Bill would have wanted us all to do and go on in the spirit of kindness and love for all, like he showed to us. May your memories, family and good friends continue to sustain you through these very sad, trying times. We love and pray for you, and share in your sadness.
Love, Jim and Glenda
Jim Ryser
March 1, 2009
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March 1, 2009
Dear Griffith Family,

My heart has been filled with emotion since I learned of Billy's passing this evening. I feel honored to have known him and his sweet smile. He will be missed and remembered with the warmest feelings. My love to you and I pray that you will be comforted at this time. (Heather's friend)
Adrienne Wilkins Alexander
February 24, 2009
Dear Griffith Family,

I just learned today of Billy's passing.

I had the great honor of being in the Advanced Course with Billy, and it was even more of an honor to be in his group. I was so touched by his love and caring for all of us, and it has inspired me to no longer procrastinate reaching out to those I care about. My love goes to Billy and all of you, many hugs!
Amanda Kirk
February 21, 2009
I wish I would have had the chance to know my cousin better. I'm sorry you had to leave so soon. Everyone will miss you.
Raymond Telarole
February 16, 2009
On behalf of the Utah Plumbing & Heating Contractors Association we would like to express our regrets and sincere condolences to the family of Billy Griffith.
Billy came from a long line of Plumbing Craftsman (15) including his father, son and many uncles and cousins.
He was devoted to his craft and the well being and health of the citizens of the State of Utah.
Billy will be sorely missed in our organization as well as in our community.

Thanks Billy
UP&HCA
Arthur (Tuck) Curry
February 8, 2009
Judy,
I am sorry for you and your families loss. He will be missed by so many. If there is anyway that i can help please please let me know i would be more than happy to help you with anything.
Kristina Brown
(Calvin Mitchell's Daughter)
Kristina Brown
February 5, 2009
To The Whole Griffith Family.
Billy is another rose God has plucked for his garden. We may not have our rose garden here in this life, but God is planting each one of our gardens so we will be together again some day. Words can never fully express the love I have always had for Billy since we met him when he was a little boy of seven. How blest our family was to have known the Griffith Family. We will always be here for you.
Love Duke and Jeannie Davis
Duke and Jeannie Davis
February 5, 2009
Our love and heartfelt sympathy are with you. We can only imagine your loss. We hope it is consoling to know that he is with loved ones and that you will see and associate with him again in the Eternities.
Howard & Deloris Wall
February 5, 2009
Dear Judy and Griffith family,

As the day has passed that we said our good-byes to Bill it is a comfort that we had that wonderful time to share in his memory and visit with each other. What a wonderful tribute to his life that he made such an impact on so many! Even though it's a sad time and we sometimes don't know how we will get to tomorrow, rest assured that our Lord and Bill will help guide you. Some days will be good, some will feel immensely horrible.... but please know we care so much about you, pray for you often and are here for anything. There really are no words that will bring you any peace but together we know we must carry on for Bill, ourselves and our family. We love you all!

Jim and Glenda
Jim and Glenda Ryser
February 4, 2009
Dear Bill, JoAnn, and the Griffith family. My wife and I were so sorry to hear of your loss. May God watch over each and every one of you at this time of loss and sorrow.
Mike and LuJean McEwan
February 4, 2009
Dear Judy, My heart felt condolences are with you at this time.. May God's healing power be with you and yours at this time of need.
It has been a pleasure to get to know you through Landmark.
Renae Jessop
February 3, 2009
Uncle Bill, Joanne and Judy,
I wish I had the gift to write something that could ease your pain, but the words won't come to me. I love you all. Love Dan Griffith
Dan Griffith
February 3, 2009
Griffith Family

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Natalie Mieremet
February 3, 2009
Cassidy, we are so very sorry for your loss and cannot imagine what you must be going through. Please know our prayers are with you. Love Bill & Candy Barland
Candy Barland
February 3, 2009
Dear Griffith Family,

In the short time that I have known Billy, I have been amazed at his selflessness and willingness to help anyone. He will truly be missed.
Zack Webster
February 3, 2009
I am so sorry for your lose! I didn't know Billy as well as other family members , but I had alot of respect for him and I know the Griffith family are proud to call him a member. My prayers go out to you all. Allen Freestone.
Allen Freestone
February 3, 2009
Dear Griffith family,

I am saddened to hear of the passing of Billy. I did not know him very long, but he and Judy opened up their home to me in a time of need, and for that I will be forever grateful. I had the opportunity in those few days to speak with Billy on many subjects, and it was very apparent to me that he was a man with dignity and respect for people in general, and was obviously a bright spot in the lives of those who cared for him, as is Judy. I am certain that he will be deeply missed among his friends and loved ones well into the future.

Judy, thank you for the opportunity to be your friend, and please know that I am here for you in any capacity you might need.

I pray that our Lord will comfort each of you through this painful and difficult time.

Respectfully yours,
Mellyn Benton
February 3, 2009
Dear Griffith Family
I am so sorry for your loss. Billy was such a wonderful person and we all loved him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family.
robin fife
February 2, 2009
Judy, I'm stunned by the news of Billy's passing. He and I spent the Landmark Advanced weekend together. He is a remarkable man. I talked to him about numerous life events. Both you and Billy were in my Forum. I'm sorry for your loss, and he will be greatly missed.
Mark Baca
February 2, 2009
Dear Judy,

I am very sorry for you loss. I appreciate all that you have done for my wife and me. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you. Let us know how we can help.

Sincerely,

Nik Spendlove
Niklaus Spendlove
February 2, 2009
Judy and Griffith family,

I am saddened by the loss of who Billy was to you, to me and to the world. What was expressed as uniquely possible in the world through Billy now lives in our listening of his life lived here and the difference he made in the lives of people and in the world. It was my honor and privilege to be in his life and it is my honor and privilege to be a part of yours. My wife Sandy and I extend our love, support and power to you.
Bill Turner
February 2, 2009
Billy will be missed deeply, my thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of sorrow.

Brooke Ryser(aka by Billy Sharpay)
Brooke Ryser
February 2, 2009
Judy and Griffith family: my family sends your family light, love, power and prayers. Billy will always be remembered in our hearts as a caring, generous and extraordinary human being.

Don't think of him as gone away -
His journey has just begun
Life holds many facets
The Earth is only one
Just think of his as resting
From the sorrows and the tears
In a place of warmth and comfort
Where there are no days and years
Think how he must be wishing
That we could know today
How nothing but our sadness
can really pass away
And think of him as living
In the hearts of those he touched
For nothing loved is ever lost-
And he was loved so much.
Richard Saalsaa
February 2, 2009
Dear Judy, I have known you and Billy from our participation in Landmark Seminars. Billy was in a group with me in the Being Extraordinary seminar July-September last year, and he touched all of us in that group with his candor, friendship, and willingness to go the extra mile in participation. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. I know you will have family and friends to buoy you up as you accept what has happened and find understanding in Billy's death. Please know that I am a stand for honoring Billy's life and contributions. Sincerely yours, Linda
Linda de Azevedo
February 2, 2009
Dear Bill Sr., Joann, Cassidy, & Judy.
I will miss Billy & think about him everyday for the rest of my life. He was one of a kind, & there will not be another like him. As a friend of the Griffith family for over 30 years, we are here for you anytime. I will always think of Billy's fun loving spirit. He was like a brother.
Deepest Sympathies,
Bob & Darlene Edwards - Taylorville
Bob Edwards
February 2, 2009
Dear Bill, JoAnn and Family:
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I have thought about Billy over the last few days and remember the fun times we had when we were young and enjoyed the Griiffth's Easter outings and our trips to Skull Valley.

Our thoughts are certainly with you. Although I haven't seen your family for some time, I have great memories that will never fade.

May God give you strength; my prayers are with you.
Jane Curry-Wilson
February 2, 2009
Judy:

My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family right now. Billy was an incredible man and it was obvious he loved and adored you, Judy. God be with you.
Stacey Warnick
February 2, 2009
Ken & Kay Long
February 2, 2009
I am so sorry for the loss of Bill. It was a shock to hear of his passing. I was just thinking about him the other day. I was looking forward to seeing him at our 40 year class reunion. It has been many years since we would practice our little rock band in the Griffith basement. We had lots of fun back then. The years and other circumstances of life sent us down seperate roads and away from those good old times.
May God bless your family at this time of sorrow and comfort you with the knowledge that you can be together again one day.
Arnie Widerberg
February 2, 2009
Dear Joann,Bill and Family,
.....Our thoughts and prayers and love are with you in this hour of tragedy for your family. Time is truely your ally in these troubled times and we will be here for you during and after it.
With much love,
Jill(Langan) & Judy(Matz)
Jill Lanagan
February 1, 2009
My Dear Family, My thoughts and prayers have been with you all week.What a void has been left in our lifes. How do you ever describe how wonderful our Billy was. He was the most fun person to be around.I loved the special relationship he had with each and everyone of his family.We always knew Billy could be counted on for anything that was necessary and was there to offer befor being ask. He will be forever missed. There is not another liike him. We will plan on all being togerather in Gods tommorow. We will get through this difficult time with wonderful memories of a very special person.
Aunt Lois Telarole
February 1, 2009
Billy was one of the greatest people I have ever known. I will miss you Billy every day for the rest of my life. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Cassidy, Judy and the rest of his family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you Billy for everyting you have done for me the rest of the guys from Griffith Plumbing and all of our families. We will all miss you dearly "great guy".
Brandon Durfey
February 1, 2009
Dear Judy, Cass, Bill , JoAnn and family,
We are so sorry for your loss! We share in your grief and know there is a Lord above who has Bill gently in his care now. Sometimes we may never know the answers to our questions but we can take comfort in our love, memories and connection to the people who have stories to share about this wonderful man. We hope and pray you find some peace in just knowing how many of us care for all of you, and who share in your sadness and love for Bill. We are the lucky ones to have been a part of his life. If there is anything we can ever do, please don't hesitate for a second to call us. We love you and share your sadness and we are here anytime, day or night. Remember to take care of yourselves during this difficult time as well. Judy, Cass.... call us if you ever need or want to... we are here!
With Love and deepest Sympathy, Jim and Glenda
Jim and Glenda Ryser
February 1, 2009
There are no words
that one can say
to ease the Pain of sorrow,
But, God who knows
that TIME will heal
has given us tomorrow,
tomorrow and tomorrow
for days, and months, and years
until the cherished memories
at last replace the tears.

May God and the love of so many dear and loved ones, sustain you, and may your memories comfort you, through the coming days, and years.

May God Bless,

John Christiansen
John Christiansen
February 1, 2009
Bill will be greatly missed I have enjoyed working along side of Billy for just over 15 years and memories of riding horses , golfing, and Wendover trips will always be cherished. Our deepest sympathies to Judy, Cassidy and other family members.
Calvin & Lorna Mitchell
February 1, 2009
To Billy's Family,
Billy was one of the kindest, funniest, and most wonderful person I have known. If ever you needed help with anything Billy was right there will a smile on his face. He was generous and loving. Along with many other people around the world I will miss him deeply. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can help you in any way.
Tricia Arrington-Griffith
February 1, 2009
Judy and Family-
So sorry for your loss. William seemed like a wonderful man and touched so many lives. You are in my prayers.

-Stephanie Shoemaker, LandMark SELP
Stephanie Shoemaker
February 1, 2009
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