Gerald Bushman Griffin, age 88, passed away peacefully in his sleep on September 18th, 2021, at his home in Holladay Utah. He was born May 28th, 1933, in Lehi Utah to Martha Ruth Bushman, and Lorenzo Heber Griffin. He married Barbara DeMarco on August 25th, 1956, and they were later sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple.
Raised in the small town of Escalante Utah, Gerald was endowed with the principles of hard work, love of family, the value of education, and service. He spent many summers helping his family farm and ranch in the hills outside of Escalante. His love for the outdoors and fishing any chance he could get at Posey Lake occupied his free time every summer. He graduated from Escalante High School in 1951 and began college at BYU. He served an honorable mission for the LDS Church in 1953 in the Eastern States Mission, spending time in New York and Pennsylvania. While on his mission he met Barbara DeMarco at the Hill Cumorah Pageant. After his mission he returned to BYU and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. Barbara also attended BYU at this time, and they were married in August of 1956.
Gerald served honorably in the United States Navy as a helicopter pilot with 20 years active duty and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Commander. While in the Navy, he received a master’s degree from the United States Naval Postgraduate school in Management. Gerald traveled the world serving our country, even to Antarctica, but his most important mission was his family. Gerald could fix anything and everything. His love and passion for carpentry brought him happiness and peace. His memory will live through all of us in the lessons he taught and the presence that he was. He suffered many hardships in life but never complained. Tall, quiet, humble, patient, and meek, he was the epitome of a husband, father, grandfather, and man. We will always remember his willingness to serve those he loved, and those he never knew.
He is survived by his eternal companion Barbara Griffin, his daughter Cynthia Dodge, his grandchildren Nick Dodge (Bree), Danielle Dodge, Cameron Dahlquist, Hannah Brown (Blake) and his great-grandchildren Elder Logan Dodge, Bridger Dodge, Brooklyn Dodge, Brock Brown, and Reese Brown. He was preceded in death by his daughter Danielle Dahlquist, and his grandchildren Griffin Dahlquist and Diana Dodge.
The family would like to express their gratitude and appreciation to all the caregivers at Active Home Health and Hospice and Home Option personal care.
Viewing and Graveside funeral services will be held Friday September 24th beginning at 1:30pm at the Mountain View Memorial Cemetery 3115 East Bengal Blvd. Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121. Viewing will begin at 1:30pm and graveside services will begin at 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
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- Survived By
- Barbara Griffin, Wife
- Cynthia Dodge, Daughter
- Nick Dodge, Grandson
- Danielle Dodge, Granddaughter
- Cameron Dahlquist, Grandson
- Hannah Brown, Granddaughter
- Elder Logan Dodge, Great Grandson
- Bridger Dodge, Great Grandson
- Brroklyn Dodge, Great Granddaughter
- Brock Brown, Great Grandson
- Reese Brown, Great Grandchildren
- Preceded in Death By
- Danielle Dahlquist, daughter
- Griffin Dahlquist, grandson
- Diana Dodge, Granddaughter
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Religion and Beliefs
- Vietnam War