Cleve Allen Griffin

07/30/1939 — 08/16/2003

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Laverne, Oklahoma

Cleve Allen Griffin

Cleve A. Griffin, 64, passed away Saturday, August 16, 2003 at his home after a brief illness.

Cleve was born to Carl and Nellie Griffin on July 30, 1939 in Laverne, Oklahoma. His parents moved to Pasco when he was five years old. The oldest of four brothers, he attended the Pasco School system graduating in 1958. After a tour in the Navy, he worked at Boise Cascade for many years and later at Longview Fibre for 15 years before his retirement in December 2001.

Cleve was an avid sports fan and could be found on any weekend at a sporting event. He especially followed the Pasco Bulldogs and Richland Bombers, but would attend any game that was available. Cleve faithfully attended the year-end football and basketball state tournaments. Being quite an historian, he frequently sent memorabilia to the State Basketball committees.

Cleve was also a frequent visitor at the Franklin County Historical Museum and loved to look through the old class yearbooks. He had a strong interest in the history of Pasco, as he went to grade school at the Navy Base and lived in Parkside Homes Housing Project as a boy.

Each fall, he looked forward to deer and elk hunting season with his brother, Rod, and several other friends. Many weekends were spent driving in the mountains enjoying the peace and solitude.

Cleve was preceded in death by his parents and brother Shane. He is survived by the love-of-his life, daughter, Lynette Forsythe Jack of Coeur d Alene, Idaho; Wade Hascall LeAnn of Tulsa, Oklahoma; brothers Clint Ginger and Rod Loretta Griffin of the Tri-Cities, along with numerous nephews, nieces, and his lifelong friends - the McCulloch family.

Services will be held Monday, August 25, 2003, at Einan's Funeral Home, Swift Blvd. and the Bypass Highway in Richland at 11:00 a.m. with a reception following at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Franklin County Historical Museum, 305 N. 4th Ave., Pasco, WA 99301 in Cleve’s honor.

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  • I am so sorry to hear of your loss of your father, brother and friend. Cleve was my forman at Longview Fibre and I became good friends with him. He was a very kind and gentle person. He was very proud of his family and shared some of his family pictures with me. I am so deeply sorry that he has passed away. My condolences to Cleve’s family.May God be with you all in these hard time. Friend of Cleves…….Joyce

    Joyce Edwards
    November 4, 2014
    Silver, Lake, WA, US
  • I had a huge crush on Cleve when I was 13 & most of all remember his kindness & beautiful blue eyes. My thoughts & prayers are with all of you.

    Charlene Wolf
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Condolences to the family. Best memories: Cleve at all family reunions, weddings, etc. Laying in sleeping bags in the backyard in Pasco; watching lightening streak across the sky or trying to identify stars. Cleve always being there.

    Delores M McCulloch
    November 4, 2014
    Cheney, WA, US
  • So sorry to hear about Cleve. I was one of his classmates 1958. I don’t remember seeing him at any of the reunions, but I always remember his white streak of hair–I believe it was genetic. My condolences to the family.

    Barbara Baker Keller
    November 4, 2014
    Reno, NV, US
  • My sympathies are with the family of Cleve, He was a good foreman and a neat person to have as a friend.

    So sorry he couldn’t of had longer to enjoy his retirement.

    Lassie Anderson
    November 4, 2014
    Longview, WA, US
  • I want express my deepest sympathy to all of Cleve’s friends and family. Cleve was one of the kindest people I know. I’m going to miss Cleve around the camp fire at hunting camp as well as passing the gossip on the phone about what’s going on in Longview. I’m going to miss you Cleve. Your friend, Eric.

    ERIC OSWALT
    November 4, 2014
    Kelso, WA, US
  • So sorry for your loss of a loved one. I remember Cleve for being so nice to a gawky kid who thought he was very handsome.

    Sephrina Babe Wolf
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US