|Birth: ||Mar. 23, 1930|
|Death: ||Jan. 1, 2002|
The La Grande Observer,
Union County, Oregon
January 23, 2002
Duane Ira Griffith
Duane Ira Griff Griffith, 71, of La Grande died Jan. 1 at his home. A celebration of life will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., with Sally Wiens officiating.
Mr. Griffith was born March 23, 1930, to Elmo W. and Dorothy L. Potter Griffith in Bemidji, Minn. He graduated from the Oregon Technical Institution in Klamath Falls with a degree in land surveying. He served in the Air Force from 1950 to 1954 as a boom operator in the newly formed air-to-air refueling division. He refueled the sniffer F-84 jets above the first testing of the hydrogen bomb in Operation Ivy off Kwajalein Atoll.
Mr. Griffith married Terry Lincecum on June 13, 1969, in Lakeview. He was a partner in the surveying firm of Bagett, Griffith and Blackman, Oregons longest partnership. He moved to La Grande in 1971 to open their second office. He retired in 1994.
He was a member of the Grande Ronde Black Powder Club and the National Rifle Association and past president of the Blue Mountain Chapter of the Professional Land Surveyors Organization. He enjoyed the mountains, elk hunting, camping, gunsmithing, genealogy, writing and making furniture.
He wrote and published his trilogy autobiography The Potter Farm of Koochiching County, Aw hell ... Lets Do It and Wwwhere the Hell Did My Fffuel Go?!
Survivors include his wife of La Grande; children and their spouses, Craig and Nancy Griffith of Beavercreek, Bruce and Nancy Griffith of Brookings, and Randy and Marcy Jo Griffith of Molalla; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; his mother and a sister, Wilda Rottum, both of Myrtle Creek; a brother, Gary Griffith of Klamath Falls; and other relatives.
Memorials may be made to the Oregon Lung Association, the Oregon Heart Association or the Grande Ronde Hospice program in care of Daniels Chapel.
Terry Diane Lincecum Griffith (1942 - 2010)*
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