Don Allen Griffin

picture-pubTULSA, Okla. — Don Allen Griffin, 86, of Tulsa, Okla., formerly of Patoka, Marion and Mt. Vernon, was surrounded by his family when he went home with God and Betty on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Southern Plains in Tulsa.

He was born the son of Bernie N. and Teresa I. (Ballance) Griffin on April 1, 1928 in Patoka. He married Betty Richeson in Patoka on August 22, 1948. She preceded him in death on June 6, 2014.

Survivors include his sons, Blake A. Griffin and wife Christine (Barnes) of Tulsa, and Scott B. Griffin and wife Bobbette (Phillips) of Bell Buckle, Tenn.; grandchildren, Lance Griffin and wife Liz of Dallas, Texas, Paige Griffin of Tulsa, Nicklaus Griffin and wife Kim of the U.S. Navy, Virginia Beach, Va., and Wheaton, Asa and Luke Griffin, all of Bell Buckle; and great-grandchildren, Reed and Hannah of Dallas.

In addition to his wife Betty, he was preceded in death by his parents; his oldest brother Charles Griffin and wife Anita of Vandalia; and twin brothers Les and Wes Griffin of Patoka.

Mr. Griffin was in the banking business for 46 years. He began his banking career at the State Bank of Patoka. He later moved on to the State Bank of Dix as President, was part owner and responsible for bank operations at the Vienna State Bank. He also worked at the Bank of Christopher, Salem Community Bank and State Bank of Carbondale and was an Illinois State Bank Examiner for 23 years. He enjoyed reading the Bible and Readers Digest. He was a member of the United Methodist Church his entire life and served on many committees in various churches. He was a Sunday School teacher and worship leader. He was a Worthy Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star #253, Past Master of the Patoka Masonic Lodge #613, a Patoka Volunteer Fireman and in the U.S. Navy. He was also on the Centralia Orphan 1946 basketball team that was inducted into the Centralia Hall of Fame. He enjoyed golf, especially with his Saturday morning group. He was enthusiastically dedicated to, and attended, his sons’ baseball, basketball, and football games as they grew up. He coached Little League baseball teams and was an avid Chicago Cub fan. For many years he and Betty attended SIU basketball games with niece Marianne and her husband Jim Osberg. He enjoyed playing cards and games with the “Birthday Group” throughout many years and he loved taking Sunday afternoon drives with Betty and road trips with family.

Don was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and uncle to many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the Patoka United Methodist Church with the Reverend Brad Henson and Mark Slaatte officiating. Burial will follow at Patoka City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 12:30-1 p.m. on Saturday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the West Salem Trinity United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon and the Patoka United Methodist Church.

Day Macz Funeral Home in Patoka is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences and memories of Don may be shared with the family at daymaczfuneralhomes.com.