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Thursday June 2nd, 2022
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Thatcher Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Friday June 3rd, 2022
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Friday June 3rd, 2022
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Ernie Griffin

Robert Ernest Griffin, Jr., of Thatcher, Arizona, entered into eternal rest Monday May 23, 2022, in the comfort of his own home. Near him was his wife of nearly 65 years, Marjorie Ann McDowell Griffin. He was 88 years old. 

Ernie was born August. 4, 1933, in Thatcher, Arizona. He was the son of Robert and Lucille Griffin and the oldest of 7 children; Sherald (deceased), Sylvia, David, Bill, Sue and John. 

He met his eternal sweetheart, Marj, at Arizona State University and they were married on August 30, 1957, in the Mesa Arizona Temple. He and Marj would have been married for 65 years this August. Together they had 5 children and a bonus daughter whom they love very much; Kelly Paul Griffin (Kaija), Laurie Lynn Moore, Brent Philip Griffin (deceased), Niki Ann Clonts-Hatch (Matthew (deceased), Mark), Cindy Lee Hatch (Matthew) and Eureka Hall. Ernie and Marj are blessed with 28 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. 

He adored his wife and family, they meant everything to him. He was hardworking, reliable, and an Eagle Scout (which was very important to him). He loved his missions and the Spanish language, he loved to travel, and he loved music. Ernie touched many lives in his career as a teacher and administrator. He had a great sense of humor and always had a smile and wink for us. He was our hero.

Funeral services for Ernie will be conducted Friday morning, June 3, 2022 at 10:00 a.m., at the Thatcher Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4050 W. 2nd Street, Thatcher, AZ. Concluding services will follow in the Thatcher Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends Thursday evening June 2, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at the Vining Funeral Home, 1940 S. 20th Ave, Safford, AZ., and again on Friday morning, June 3, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. until 9:45 a.m., at the Thatcher Stake Center Relief Society Room of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Those who would like to attend the services via Facebook Live can join on Vining Funeral Home's Facebook page Friday morning, June 3, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. (MST).


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Diane (Ax) Krutsinger Jun 29 2022 7:59 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Ernie Griffin

Betty Lester Jun 5 2022 12:45 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ernie Griffin

Thomas Bencomo Jr. May 31 2022 3:49 PM

I had the pleasure of having Mr Griffin as my Spanish teacher when I attended EAC. I will never forget how he played the guitar and had us sing in class! I still remember the songs and find myself humming them..and it's been more than 30 years. He definitely has an impact! My sincere condolences to the family.

Susan Hill May 30 2022 11:27 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ernie Griffin

Susan Hill May 30 2022 11:21 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ernie Griffin

Caren Nye May 27 2022 8:40 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Ernie Griffin

Liz Black May 27 2022 6:00 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Ernie Griffin

Jessie Reed May 26 2022 10:43 PM

If we all could live our lives like Ernie, what a wonderful world this would be. I was I'll miss him greatly.

Gene Fowler May 26 2022 2:31 AM

I remember Ernie being Verle’s walking buddy when Verle was dealing with his cancer. Ernie was a very diligent and good friend. Our prayers for Marj and the family.

Dennis & Margaret Palmer May 25 2022 11:15 PM

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