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Obituary: GRIFFITHS, PAUL

Published: Saturday, Sept. 20 2014 10:00 a.m. MDT

Paul Eugene Griffiths 8/20/1934 ~ 4/6/2011

Our beloved father and grandfather, Paul Griffiths, passed away April 6, 2011 surrounded by many loved ones, after a lengthy, but courageous, battle with cancer. Paul was the mighty patriarch of a close family that will never be the same without his larger-than-life presence. He was the ultimate family man whose last years were dedicated to spending all the time he could regaling the family with stories of a life full of love and spirit. Paul was born in Pocatello, Idaho to Myrtle Cleone Larsen Griffiths and Cromer Eugene Griffiths and lived his childhood in Long Beach, California. He excelled in school, graduating from college at the age of 18! He served in the United States Army and was stationed in Georgia where he met the love of his life, Shirley. His favorite stories to tell were ones of how the two met, how he "tricked" Shirley into going on their first date, and how their romance grew while he was living there. Shirley's family was even swept off their feet and they all fell in love with the amusing, cocky California boy. Shortly after his return to California, he and Shirley married on June 28, 1955 in the Mesa LDS Temple in Arizona. The couple settled in California, where they raised a family of four children, all of whom inherited Paul's quick wit and joking personality. The family moved to Utah in 1970 where Paul served as a Bishop for the LDS Church in the East Millcreek 13th Ward and again in the Bountiful 49th Ward. He was a great leader, a sympathetic ear, and was loved and admired by all who were lucky enough to receive his guidance. He served his calling with love and faith, and was proud to have the opportunity. Paul found immense joy in becoming a grandfather and great-grandfather, and each baby gave him a new reason to hang on to life. He developed a special relationship with each of his children and grandchildren, his love was a constant in all of their lives, never fading. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Myrtle Cleone Larsen Griffiths and Cromer Eugene Griffiths; and his granddaughter, Christian Griffiths. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Reynolds Griffiths; children, Greg (Mary) Griffiths, Sheryl Griffiths Bloyer, Susan Griffiths, and Steve (April) Griffiths; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Jerry (Juna) Griffitths, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday April 13, 2011 at 1 p.m. in Bountiful, Utah at the Mueller Park 8th Ward chapel, located at 1320 E 1975 S. Family & friends may call on Tuesday evening between 6-8 p.m., at Russon Brothers Mortuary located at 295 North Main Street, Bountiful and the following day at noon at the chapel before the funeral service. Interment will be at the Lakeview Cemetery following the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, Paul requested donations be made to the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital.