Stanley Hatch Griffin
Stanley Hatch Griffin, 92, of American Fork, Utah, passed away on April 21, 2022.
Stan was born on March 9, 1930 to Stanley Funk and Erma Hatch Griffin in Newton, Utah. He was the oldest of four children, a brother John Edward, and sisters Mereda and Oris. Stan was raised in Newton where he learned to love farming at a young age.
After Stan graduated from North Cache High School in Richmond, Utah in 1948, he went on to study Agronomy Soil Science at Utah State Agriculture College (Utah State University) in Logan, Utah and graduated in 1952. He then honorably served in the US Army as an Officer in the Quartermaster Corp.
In 1950 Stan married LuAnne Rigby. They had four children: Jerry, Jackie, John, and Jim. In 1954 Stan's father and brother were killed in a farming accident in Moses Lake, Washington. He and his young family then moved to Washington to work the family farm for the next six years. After his divorce in 1959, he moved to Pleasant Grove, Utah where he met and married Geraldine (Jerry) Gillies in 1961. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple in 1963. Jerry had two small children, Roylen and Shelly, whom he later adopted. After the death of his sister Mereda, they adopted her 11 year-old daughter, Denise. Stan had a successful career with the State of Utah, Department of Workforce Services retiring as an Administrative Law Judge, in 1992. His family was his life. He enjoyed taking them boating, fishing, camping, golfing, and anything Jerry wanted to do. He put thousands of miles on his motor home, was the captain of the boat every year at Lake Powell and was an avid BYU and Utah Jazz fan. He loved to travel and has visited 6 of the 7 world continents.
Stan held many church callings which he loved and served faithfully in. He loved the Gospel, and loved teaching it. His love of the Gospel led him and Jerry to serve two missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Johannesburg, South Africa (May 1993-Nov 1994) Nuku'alofa Tonga (Feb 2001-Aug 2002).
Stan was preceded in death by his parents, brother John, sister Mereda Luster and great grandson Caden Dirks. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Jerry, sister Oris Boan of Pleasant Grove, Utah, children - Jerry (Veniece) Griffin of Missouri City, Texas, Jackie (Darwin) Dirks of St. George, Utah, Roylen (Karen) Griffin of Blanding, Utah, John (Jolene) Griffin of Mesa, Arizona, Jim (Karen) Griffin of Maricopa, Arizona, Shelly (Thomas) Bird of Price, Utah, and Denise Winget of Novato, California, 32 grandchildren, 70 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday April 30th, at the 12th ward building, 673 E 300 N American Fork. A viewing will be held prior to services from 9:45am-10:45 am. The family will receive friends Friday evening April 29th from 6-8pm at Anderson and Sons' Mortuary, 49 E 100 N American Fork. Interment will be in the Salem City Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank Rocky Mountain Hospice for their loving care and support they provided; especially Carmen, Rachel, Sandra, and Bill.
Services will be streamed by the 22nd Ward at https://youtu.be/BMaRhIOrvDE