Michael Alan Griffin was
born at 12:43am, November
9, 1958 to Ben Griffin Sr. and
Eileen Griffin (Jaderlund) in
Seattle Washington. He attended
Kent Meridian High School then
enlisted in the army in 1976. While
in basic training, a major back
injury cut his military service short.
He decided to return to school and
earned his G.E.D from Green River Community College in
1978. Three years later, he married Sandy Olson and they
welcomed a daughter, Marissa.
Mike was a loving son, brother, uncle and father. Always
one to make you laugh, he danced to Steve Martin’s ‘King
Tut’ hysterically, that special way he’d say ‘Pizza Sauce’ and
tears of laughter would ensue. Family get togethers were
important – especially the Ellensburg Rodeo. He also loved
tinkering with anything on wheels.
He passed peacefully at 12:30 am on August 17, 2020 after
complications from multiple health issues. He is survived
by his father Ben Sr., of Fall City, brother Ben Jr., (Linda)
of Puyallup, sister Amy Pearson of Puyallup, sister Marcie
of Auburn, daughter Marissa of Des Moines, and former
spouse Sandy (Olson) Griffin of Des Moines, among
several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He is
preceded in death by his mother Eileen (Griffin) Rinehart.
Service information to follow. In lieu of flowers, please
make donations in his name to the Cerebral Palsy