Rex Lynn Griffin, born August 15, 1951, resident of Franklin Parish, and native of Rupert, Idaho, passed away at age 69 on December 24, 2020 at St. Frances Hospital in Monroe, Louisiana due to complications of pneumonia resulting from the effects of COVID-19. He is survived by his wife, Sheri Griffin, and their two children; daughter AnnJanae’ and son Lorin’; and his four grandchildren: Ariana, Joshua, Constance, and Lilly. Rex was the son of Ralph and Sarahmay Griffin of Rupert, Idaho. He was the third child of eight siblings: brothers Ralph, Ron, R, Ray, and Russell, and sisters Ruth and Rita.
Rex served a mission in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Ogden, Organ. He then went on to graduate from Brigham Young University where he met his wife. They were married in the Idaho Falls Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They remained married for 44 years. He loved and cared for his family with a fierceness that cannot be compared. Going as far as selling his prized Honda CX “Wendy Darling” to better care for them. He protected, nurtured, and taught his family with a kind but stern quite authority.
Rex started his professional career as a school teacher. He then went on to use his expertise in the fields of chemical engineering at S&R Electroplating, microchip fabrication at Intel, and then returned to teaching. After retiring he spent his time caring for his mother-n-law and refining his hobbies.
Rex possessed a zest for life. Some of his hobbies included history, genealogy, pigeons, reading, writing, and crafting. He was a dutiful historian, who spent a lifetime gathering and sharing important and interesting facts. He visited as many historical sites as he could and would narrate (from memory) the town’s historical places, genealogy, and how it tied into Homing Pigeons, to anyone who would listen. He never missed a chance to research anyone’s ancestry and his enthusiasm for history, genealogy, and pigeons allowed him to start conversations with perfect strangers and make new friends wherever he went. Although he loved learning historical facts, he also appreciated a good historical fiction book. Isaac Asimov being among his favorites. His love of reading ultimately turned him into an author himself, in the later years of his life, he started writing Non-Fiction and Fiction. Rex has also made many beautiful pieces of jewelry and casted figurines which he has given to family members throughout the years.
Rex was an amazing human who never missed a chance to experience life to its fullest. He will be missed deeply by many and the world is a little duller with his death. Rex Lynn Griffin’s interment will take place at his family’s burial plot in Ribgy, Idaho specifically next to his twin and parents. All condolences and/or offerings should be remitted to Colonial Funeral Home.
Private services will be held on Monday, January 4, 2021, with burial following at the Annis Little Butte Cemetery in Manan, Idaho at 2:15 p.m. on Monday, 1/4/2021.
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