Beloved son, brother and father, Michael Kenneth Griffith Jr., passed away peacefully after a brief illness at his home in Brookings on March 26, 2019. He was 56 years old.
Michael was born Oct. 4, 1962, in Upland, California to Michael Griffith Sr. and Judi Griffith (nee’ Carter). After his parents’ divorce, Michael eventually moved to live with his father in the small town of Red Oak, Oklahoma. Mike considered Red Oak his hometown, growing up working on the family farm and playing sports, a passion that never left him. In high school, “Griff” as he was known, attended Kiamichi Area Vo-Tech to learn welding, a skill he excelled at and that served as his career up until he passed. Mike formed lifelong friendships with his small graduating class of 1981 from Red Oak High School, staying in touch and attending class reunions whenever he could.
After high school, “Little” Mike moved with his family to Brookings to help build their new home. He then spent a year back in Red Oak, finally returning to Brookings to work for Mike Sr. at Griffith Welding and Machine on Wharf Street. But two Griffiths in the same shop was one Griffith too many, and Mike Jr. soon went to work, off and on, for Tidewater Contractors, Inc. where he was still working when he passed, for a total of almost 30 years. He also spent time commercial fishing with his Dad and brother John on the family’s F/V the Kealynn.
Mike enjoyed camping on the Chetco, fireworks at the beach, a beer with friends and had a wickedly inappropriate sense of humor, as well as an uncanny knowledge of sport stats.
Mike was preceded in death by his mother and step-father, Judi and David Staten, step-mother Jane Griffith and infant sister Mary Jane Griffith.
He is survived by his father, Mike Griffiths Sr.; sons, Macsen and Sean Griffith; their mother (ex-wife) Cheri Griffith; sister, Cynthia Haskins (Donnie); brother, John Griffith (Debra); nephew, Wes Griffith; sister, Michelle Perlich (Chad); nephew, Lucien Perlich; stepdaughter, Dana Keith Blunt; stepson, Rusty Keith, from a previous marriage; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins (you know who you are and that you meant very much to Mike).
Mike LOVED sports so in lieu of flowers, the family would be honored if you would like to donate in Mike name to:
Attn: Bruins Sports/Memory of Mike Griffith Jr.
564 Fern Ave, Brookings, OR 97415
In Memory of Mike Griffith Jr.
PO Box 1424, Brookings, OR 97415
The family would also like to thank Mary Fox at Redwood Memorial, and the patrons and crew of the 101 Bar and Grill for their thoughtfulness.
A Memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2019, at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 401 Fir St., in Brookings, led by Father Bernie Lindley. The family invites all who would like to share their stories and memories, colorful or otherwise, to attend. An informal reception with light refreshments will follow.
— Submitted by the family