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Russell Lynn Griffin

Russell Lynn Griffin was born in Brigham City, Utah, on July 10, 1963.  He passed away peacefully on August 5, 2018, at Ogden Regional Medical Center surrounded by his family and friends.  Russell courageously battled end stage renal disease for 16 years.  Within the past year, Russell was diagnosed with numerous health problems.  Despite his extreme will to live, he unfortunately succumbed to his ailments.

Our beloved husband, son, brother, father, grandfather, and friend was the fourth of four children born to Richard E. Griffin and Shirley M. Hall. 

In 1990, Russell met the love of his life.  It took 26 years of waiting, but Russell and Jeff were finally able to be legally wed on September 13, 2016.

Russell attended Box Elder High School and was the very first "Bee" mascot.  He moved on to being employed by "a very large accounting firm" for over 30 years as a computer specialist/analyst where he made many freinds nationwide. 

Russell believed in "paying it forward".  He was always willing to help others in need and never missed an opportunity to surprise you with his clever and witty sense of humor.  Russell was involved with two non-profit organizations known as the Imperial Rainbow Court of Northern Utah and the Royal Court of the Golden Spike Empire.  He served as co-president for two separate one-year terms for the Imperial Rainbow Court of Northern Utah.  Russell always enjoyed fundraising events with the organizations as he was full of life and no stranger to a good time. 

Russell's favorite place to visit was the "happiest place on earth", Disneyland, where he could be close to Mickey Mouse for whom he had a profound love for.  Russell had a goal to take his husband, daughter and grandchildren to Disneyland sometime during the next year. 

Russell was preceded in death by his mother Shirley and is survived by his husband Jeff, father Richard, three brothers Rick (Rachel), Craig (Heather), Perry (Teresa), daughter Rachel (Blue), six grandchildren Blayke, Aevri, Daxon, Zayla, Eliotte and Maddyn, and his three very loved and spoiled chihuahuas Wiley, Beau and Bella. 

We would like to thank Dr. Harry Senekjian, the many nurses and technicians of the University of Utah Dialysis program for all of the care and support over the years, Dr. Joan Balcombe and staff at Ogden Regional Wound Care for the compassion and care Russell received.  A special thank you to Lindy from CNS Home Healthcare whom became not only a care provider but a very dear friend. 

Russell's wish was to be cremated so that he and Jeff could be together again.  A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, August 26, 2018, at the Harrisville City Park. 1350 North Highway 89, Harrisville Utah, 84404 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. 

In Lieu of flowers, the family would like to request that donations be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Utah in Russell's name.

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Russell, you were always the kindest of souls. For many years you cared for those who could not. You were the most fun DJ and I loved dancing when you played your music (at The old BLUE HORIZON)
The world will not be as kind nor as bright without you.
Love and Light Michael Burton SLC, UT (former Ogden)

Michael Burton Jun 18 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Russell Griffin

London Smith Aug 17 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Russell Griffin

Brenda Mussells Aug 17 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Russell Griffin

Jodi Duncombe Aug 15 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Russell Griffin

Stephen Marrs Aug 14 2018 12:00 AM

to Russell's family and Jeff.....we send our heart filled love to you....it is so sad to loose a loved one....we are truly sorry for your loss and love you. Love the Fullers

the Fuller Family Aug 14 2018 12:00 AM

Very nice sweet guy! You will be missed. So sorry for your loss Jeff

Linda Ford Aug 14 2018 12:00 AM

Jeff, Rachel and family, our hearts go out to you all. Russ will always be in my heart and some of my happiest memories. He was always such a great friend to all who met him. He taught me so much about life, love and strength. I have never met a stronger person in my life. Russell we love you and we will never forget you. Halloween, Christmas and the Saturday before Thanksgiving will always remind me of Russ. Til we meet again my friend....

Cathy and Terry Fain Aug 14 2018 12:00 AM

Russell and Jeff are exceptional people. I have had the good fortune to spend holidays with them, in the past. Also absolutely the best pageant emcees and competitors ever.
Pat Pecock
St George, UT

Pat Peacock Aug 14 2018 12:00 AM

Russell, you are a wonderful and intelligent man, with so much passion that was so true that lays within your heart, helping others in need no matter where your were. I thank you for confronting me in my needs of sorrow, you mean the world too me, I will always keep you so close and dear to my heart, you will be missed by so many. RIP my friend, no more pain nor suffering. Youve gained your wings, now youre set free , for a Journey unknown, I know you will complete it the greatest respect as you have done here in this world. I love you forever my friend.
Marquita Delavonte. Aka Rob Meyers

Rob Aug 14 2018 12:00 AM

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