Michael J. Griffin
December 5, 2007
Michael J. Griffin, 64, of Carson City passed away Sunday, December 2, 2007 at
Mike was many things to many people. He had a number of nicknames, the big
guy, bigga, griff and, most importantly, grandpa mike. Some may describe
mike as a maverick, a force to be reckoned with, a softie, “a bitchin’
dude”, even a stubborn sob. Many adjectives describe mike but most of all
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mike was courageous—courageous in life, love and family.
Professionally, mike was all about numbers. Not surprisingly, mike worked
for Nevada’s department of taxation. Also, mike worked for Nevada’s public
service commission. Mike’s friends and co-workers have been a constant
source of strength for the family. A simple thank you seems inadequate, but
thank you it is.
Mike was preceded in death by his two sons Michael Griffin Jr. And Steven
griffin. They both passed too young but their influence continues in mike’s
grandchildren. Victoria, 11 and Robert, 6 of Dayton brought immense love
and laughter to mike’s life. They are a shining example of what true love on
this earth really means. Sean and Patrick of Tallahasse, FL would bring a
smile to mike’s face at the mention of their names.
Mike leaves behind a uniquely special person. Carie Olivera, “the daughter I
never had”, helped mike in his journey from this life to the next. The
Olivera and Lamkin families surrounded Mike with so much love, it cannot be
Florence Griffin of Hobe sound, FL helped mike through his many challenges,
as any great mom would. Florence survives mike. Also, brothers Joe, Dennis
and Kevin, sisters Trish and Teri and 4 nieces and 2 nephews remain to
remember mike. His dad, Joseph Griffin Sr. Died in 1968.
A mass of thanks for Mike’s life will be held at St. Teresa of Avila
catholic church in Carson City on Monday, December 10th at 2:30 pm. Burial
will follow at Dayton cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be
made to Wells Fargo bank, acct. # 5282729119 for the grandchildren’s college
Odds are good that Mike is settling in nicely in his new digs, balancing
god’s books, making sure all is on the up and up.
Local arrangements entrusted to Walton’s Chapel of the Valley.