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1946 Roger 2023

Roger Donald Griffin

June 4, 1946 — June 1, 2023

Roger Donald Griffin was born to military parents Theodore and Lucille Griffin in Camp Lejeune, N. Carolina, and spent his first several years in Cuba, where his dad was stationed after  World War 2.  Their next major stop was Corpus Christi, Texas for several years, with a final posting in Oceanside, Ca. where Roger finished high school and began college.  He never lost touch with his relatives either in Eads, Colorado where his mother was raised, or Tennessee, where his paternal cousins lived.  In fact, he received letters and photos from three cousins about a week before he passed.
     His high school interests were science, photography, football, and motorcycles, carrying these interests into college.  

    Then he met the Lord Jesus Christ, and his life began to change.  He loved to travel; he took his first major trip to Australia to visit a close friend who had moved there.  Next, he met and became best friends with his future wife who also dedicated her life to Jesus.  They built their home and raised their family, active in church where Roger sang in the choir and they frequently hosted prayer meetings in their home, praying for family, friends, and frequently fasting.  One of his favorite family activities was to read aloud to the children, books like Treasure Island, and The Hobbit, sometimes leading to shrieks and tears of fright as well as laughter and fun.

     He worked for a government agency detecting air pollution, but eventually moved into the private sector, focussing on solving the problem of pollution.  When his family was still young, he presented a paper in Paris, France, and took his family along for the holiday.  This was possible financially because of a home exchange; the French family became fast and life-long friends, and met several times over the years.  Professionally he became known as an expert in his field and was tapped by UCLA and UCI to teach extension courses for the next ten years.  During that time he authored and published 2 books and presented numerous papers in Europe and Scandinavia. 

He never stopped growing and learning.  He, with all of his family, moved to this part of the country, which he loved.   His third book was finished after his move to Idaho; all three are still technical best-sellers.  Thus he had a real impact on the education about and the science of hazardous waste ecology.   He joined the Idaho Forest Owners Association. He counted among his friends some of the greatest thinkers and proponents of Biblical Creation of our time, like Walt Brown and Mike Snavely. 

   His first loyalty was the the Lord Jesus Christ, next came his wife and four sons and his daughter.  He was devoted to his brothers and sisters in Christ.  He served the Lord in many churches, speaking the truth in love, sharing his insights, and praying with and for his brethren. 

    He is survived by his wife, AviceMarie, his brother Keith (Stella), his sons Joel, Joshua (Hannah), James, Benjamin (Rachel), and his daughter Anastasia, and eight grandchildren: Hannah Esther, Anna Mary, Theodore Roger, Joshua James Jr., Ezra Joel, Seth, Aaron, and Vivianne Lucille.

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