Donald “Don” Edward Griffith, Sr., of Sand Springs, OK passed away from this life on February 5th, 2020, at 78 years of age.
Don was born on May 23rd, 1941 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, to parents A.P. and Jewel Griffith.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother; two brothers, Harold and Wilbert, of Tulsa, OK; and two sisters, Bobbi Dunkin and Mattie Cottrell, both of the Purcell area.
He married the love of his life, Shirley Mitchell, on March 29th, 1961, and they shared 58 wonderful years together. They moved to Tulsa, where Don worked at the KVOO television station for 11 years. He worked as an Operating Engineer at Sears for the next 35 years until retiring in 2015. Throughout their many years together, he and Shirley also enjoyed traveling whenever they could.
Don loved all things outdoors: fishing, hunting, and riding motorcycles, but his passion was his music. He was remarkably devoted to his singing and self-taught guitar playing, both of which he excelled in. You could always count on finding Don on the front porch in the mornings, drinking coffee and, in his own words, “contemplating life”.
Don was a very kind and gentle man, and will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He loved his family fiercely and was always available when they were in need. He was full of love, willing to forgive and always saw the best in those he met. He was also known for a great sense of humor, often being found telling jokes and playing pranks on his many friends and family.
Don is survived by his wife, Shirley, of the home; his daughter, Tammy (and husband, Brad) Bloomfield of Tulsa, OK; his son, Donald Griffith, Jr. (and wife, Kendis) of Broken Arrow, OK; his granddaughter, Jordan (and husband, Skeet) Peters of Tulsa, OK; his grandsons, Layne Griffith of Claremore, OK, Jacob Bloomfield, of Houston, TX and Jared (and wife, Anna) Griffith of Claremore, OK; his great-granddaughters, Hudson Grey and Millie Laine Peters of Tulsa, OK; and his great-grandsons, Silas Griffith of Claremore, OK and baby-to-be Riggs Peters of Tulsa, OK.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, February 12 , 2020 from 12pm - 7pm with family being present from 5pm - 7pm at Heath-Griffith Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 1pm in the Heath-Griffith Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Terry Erwin officiating.
Arrangements and services are entrusted to Heath-Griffith Funeral Home of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Expressions of Sympathy for the Griffith family may be left by visiting www.heathgriffithfuneralhome.com .
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