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 Dale Leslie Griffin

Dale Leslie Griffin

Birth
Presque Isle, Aroostook County, Maine, USA
Death 2 Dec 2017 (aged 81)
Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Burial Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Plot Block 1290 Lot 3 Space 5
Memorial ID 186029913 · View Source
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Dale Leslie Griffin
06/19/1936 - 12/02/2017

Dale may not have been a famous man, but he was beloved by many and remembered by all he met. It doesn't matter how many years pass or how the winds may change, everyone will always remember his smile and his iconic line, "As You Know..." followed by a fact of some sort that know, you did not know. He was the oldest of two siblings, but spent most of his life sicker than his baby brother Colby, so people often thought he was the younger. His mother was Hope, his father Harold. They hailed from snowy Maine, and settled in Arizona after getting too cold. He married Ruth (Desenberg) Griffin in the 1st Methodist Church in September of 1961, and had three children with her: Mark Dale, Linda Mae, and Lisa Christine. My fondest memories of my grandfather are from when I was a child. He used to read my cousins and I books, and play games on the trampoline. We also spent hours watching the planes come and go at Falcon Field Airport, and fed the horses apples while looking at the baby cows on local dairy farms. The last few years of his life, Dale was in several different assisted living homes, but he kept his smile and cheery demeanor no matter how tough things got. Dale finally passed away after getting another bout of pneumonia came in, and from complications of a rare form of muscular dystrophy. We will never forget you Grandpa, and we love you, always and forever.

Service Date: 12/11/2017
Service Time: 7:00 pm
Service Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona
Dale was born to Harold and Hope, the older brother of Colby, in Presque Isle, Maine in 1936. His parents were farm folk, pure and simple, with his mother even teaching in a one room school house.

In 1958, the Griffins, including Dale’s Aunt Edna and Uncle Van and their children, decided Maine was a bit too cold for their tastes, and they migrated west, landing in the up-and-coming rural Mesa. It was so rural, in fact, that the 1960 Census records list the population of Mesa at 33, 772, in comparison to 2017’s population of 439,041.

In 1961, Dale married Ruth Desenberg in the First Methodist Church in Mesa. Their marriage would produce three children, Mark Dale, Linda Mae, and Lisa Christine.

At the time of Dale’s death, he was also grandfather to seven grandchildren: Brandon, Christopher, Logan, Logan, Kailey, Alexis, Zoe and Genevieve, and one soon to be great-grandchild. Before he retired, Dale was the head janitor at Arizona State University’s main campus in Tempe, a position that allowed him to bring home many stories and gifts his family will cherish always. He was also a regular member of Church of the Redeemer in Mesa.

Funeral services will be Monday, December 11, 2017, at 7 PM, preceded by a visitation from 6-7 PM, at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ. Interment will be Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at 8:30 AM, at the City of Mesa Cemetery, 1212 N. Center St., Mesa.


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  • Created by: Zoë Gill
  • Added: 20 Dec 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 186029913
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dale Leslie Griffin (19 Jun 1936–2 Dec 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 186029913, citing City of Mesa Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by Zoë Gill (contributor 49436064) .