Memorial services for Donald Griffin of Grass Valley will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Chapel of the Angels Mortuary in Grass Valley. Graveside services will follow at Red Men Cemetery in Grass Valley. A reception will follow at the Griffin family home.
Mr. Griffin died Monday, May 10, in Sacramento. He was 79.
He was born Feb. 22, 1925, in Leroy, Ill. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1st Marine Division, during World War II.
He enjoyed the railroad, and after the war he returned to Illinois to work on the North Shore Railroad as a conductor. In 1946, he moved to California. He married Cindy Rose Caniglia on June 19, 1948. He returned to a trade school to become a plumber. He served his apprenticeship in Los Angeles, where he began his plumbing career. He and his family moved to Fullerton and worked as a member of the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 582 on new construction throughout Orange County until his retirement in 1982.
After his retirement, he moved to Nevada City. During his early retirement years, he worked at Durham Transportation as a bus driver. He enjoyed his time transporting children with special needs throughout Nevada County. He also enjoyed fishing in the local lakes, the foothill environment, spending time with his family and the challenge of completing difficult jig saw puzzles.
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He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Cindy; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Jean Griffin of Brea; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Lee Griep of Nevada City; and grandchildren Mary Beth, Jennifer and Henri.
Memorial contributions may be made to AnimalSave, 10067 Joerschke Drive, Grass Valley 95945 or to the American Lung Association, 909 12th St., Sacramento 95814. Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary.
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