Gary M. Griffith8/04/1936 ~ 01/30/2012Ever the optimist, and always the fighter, our Father, Grandfather and loving husband Gary Griffith passed from this Earthy existence in to his Fathers loving arms in the early evening of Monday, January 30th.Gary never feared the prospect of death, even when he was diagnosed with Cancer. He always marveled at the idea of seeing his Father in Heaven again and moving on to the next task. Making the most of this life was what he lived for. He gave of what he had freely. He lived as it were to serve others. A man that was never short of advice, he loved to engross himself in deep conversation with those he loved. His love, generosity, and kindness will forever stand like a mighty mountain, constant and ever-present, casting its shadow over us as a reminder of what we can aspire to be. His profound influence will linger with us for the rest of our mortal lives, constantly pushing us on to give more and pass what we have forward to help others as he did. Gary was an avid Jazz fan and a dog's best friend. He was an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He was a man who loved his country, his state of Utah, and the community in which he lived and served. Most important of all he was a loving friend to all. Never shying away from a challenge, Gary embraced his diagnosis with cancer and fought a valiant fight. Rather than dying, he spent his final days living life to the fullest and cherishing the things that gave his life substance. At his passing he was surrounded by his posterity and those he loved most. Gary is survived by his high school sweetheart and eternal companion Naomi Christensen. Together, they were married for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City, LDS Temple. In the 55 years of marriage they shared and accomplished many marvelous things but valued above all else was the loving family they created. Comprised of sons, David (Trina) Griffith, Paul (Carla) Griffith, and Terry (Jason Donovan) Griffith, as well as daughters Lisa (Glenn) Thompson, and Alexandria Griffith. Their legacy lives on through their 18 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents, Melvin and Aline Griffith, sister Carol Griffith and son Paul Griffith. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February 3, 2012, at the Tooele South Stake Center, 1025 Southwest Dr., Tooele at 12:00 P.M. A viewing will be held Thursday at Tate Mortuary, 110 South Main, Tooele, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. and on Friday, at the South Stake Center from 10:30 to 11:30 A.M. Interment, Tooele Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Huntsman Cancer Institute.