Nature lover, and activist, opinionated in many ways-especially in architectural aspects. That is the way to describe Charles when he died April 7, 1998, after many lengthy complications. He was certainly a fighter to whom life meant so much.
Born in Salt Lake City, Utah on the 27th of February 1930 to his proud parents Charles M. Sr. and Polly Rich Griffin. Married to Marie L. Church, 1950. They had two children, David McNeil and Ann Marie Griffin, later divorced. Married Judith M. Bacon, 1965. They had a full life of love for animals, flowers and total nature. Rivers, mountains and the smell of nature were his true happiness. Charlie was an avid skier and was honored by being a gates keeper during the 1960 Olympic Games in Squaw Valley. Through his life his main hobby centered around model trains. He built his N and HO gauge trains mirroring the natural beauty of Utah. Charlie was a drafting instructor for the Army Corps of Engineers in the 1950's during the Korean War. He worked as an architectural designer and draftsman, completing his training at the University of Utah. Charlie worked with the Weyher family in their construction business for over 30 years as an architect and estimator. He designed and built numerous buildings throughout the western United States. He developed a computer estimator program, "Charlie II" that is used by many firms in Salt Lake City. During his early career, he worked with noted Salt Lake architect, John Sugden, and was a disciple of Mies van der Rohe and his maxim that less is more.Charlie is survived by wife Judith; son, David; daughter, Ann (four grandchildren); brother, Paul, (Janet); sister, Jayne, (Dr. Richard Middleton); and buddies, Sammy (dog); Ralph and Dixie Lee (cats).
Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 25, 1998 at 3 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 East 1300 South, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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