Robert "Grif" Eugene Griffin
Rob “Grif” Griffin, age 65, was born in Pocatello, Idaho on March 23, 1951, to Gene and Margaret Griffin. He died in the comfort of the home he shared with his son, Brian, daughter-in-law, Chandra and grandson, Jadon Griffin of Fort Hall on October 22, 2016 due to complication of cancer.
He was very proud to be a multi-generational Pocatellan; his family came west laying rails.
He was also thankful to be Irish. You did not want to miss a St. Patrick’s Day at his and Julie’s house. This party has been a continuous thing in his family since the 1890s.
Family tradition and heritage was always very important to Grif and he was always digging around to find more information of his family’s history in the Idaho he loved. He and his late wife, Julie, both recently had their DNA analysis done. What a trove of information that had given them both! It made Grif even more interested in his ancestors. His ancestral families: The Cullen, the Johnston, the Talcott and even the Percivil family histories are chock full of interesting tidbits and facts.
In 1989, Rob found the love of a good woman, Julie Jorgensen (Griffin). He recently lost her in March, to cancer. He is survived by his daughter, Dawn (Richard) Cavenaugh, and their two children Morgan and Trey of the Carolinas. His son, Brian (Chandra) Griffin, and their son Jadon of Fort Hall. His mother and father, Gene and Margaret Griffin of Pocatello. A sister Anne (Michael) Deuell of Pocatello. A brother, Raymond Griffin of Oregon. He was preceded in death by his wife, Julie and a sister, Jan. Rob will be missed by a very special nephew, Eli (Harmony) Jones, and their children Jeremy, Xander, Zoe and Elle.
Grif worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for 42 years, following in the footsteps of family before him. Most of those years were as a Yardmaster- the “Grump in the Hump”. Like all Idahoans he enjoyed in his lifetime all the “uns” –“campun”, “fishun”, and “huntun”.
Grif appreciated good hard ball and found many ways to share his passion with his friends. Whether it was ISU club ball, The Gems, The Giants, The Pioneers, The Posse or The Grays you would find him in their stands. His mantra was always, “Atlanta first, the national league second, and anybody but the Yankees third”. When his grandson was but moments old Rob whispered in his ear the first words the boy would ever hear from his Papa. It was no real surprise for those present to find out that they were as follows: “In real baseball, the pitchers have to hit.”
In his last days on this earth Grif talked a lot about all the things he was thankful for. Among them were: He was thankful to know the love of his faithful and beautiful wife, Julie. He was thankful to grow up, raise a family, and enjoy all that our beautiful state, Idaho, has to offer. He was thankful for the love and support of all his friends and extended family who had been such a support to him, especially after Julie’s passing, with calls, coffee dates, prayers, and lunches and dinners out. He was thankful for his lifelong friend, Bob Puckett, who has been the friend that stuck closer than a brother. He was thankful for his son, Brian, who didn’t hesitate to open his heart and life and provide a comfortable, enjoyable home for him in his last 7 months. He was thankful for the care and love that his daughter-in-law, Chandra, gave him as he fought and succumbed to the cancer that plagued him for over 3 years. He was thankful for his grandson, Jadon, who always had a funny story, crazy antics, or gentle tease to make his Papa laugh. And, finally, he was thankful for “his” dog, Buddy, who was an ever faithful companion on many a lonely night. Buddy always kept the bed warm and always had some good advice for us all!
Grif will be missed greatly by all his many friends and family. A Pocatello Grays game will not be the same without his leading all of us in the lively rendition of, “Sweet Caroline BOM, BOM, BOM. Good times never seems SO GOOD, SO GOOD, SO GOOD” …
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Downard Funeral Home, in Pocatello, Idaho. Services are follows: The viewing will be held on Tuesday, October 25th 2016 from 6:30-8:00 PM at Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave. Funeral Service will be Wednesday, October 26th at 10:30 AM at Pocatello Baptist Church 190 West Chapel Road in Pocatello, Idaho. A private Interment Service will follow at a later date.