Richard E. Griffin
Richard E. Griffin, age 71, died of apparent heart failure on Friday, February 26, 2016, in Snowmass Village, Colorado. Rick is survived by his wife of 33 years, Mary, and Stella and Harley, their loving dogs ; his Sister, Carol, of Lincoln, Nebraska, his brother Terry and his wife, Ruth of Kansas City, Missouri; and his brother, Pat and his wife, Belinda of Carbondale, Colorado and his numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his Parents, Dick and Peggy Griffin, of Phoenix Az.
Rick was born on August 11,1944 in Ottumwa, Iowa, to. He graduated from university of Nebraska with a degree in Journalism. He moved to Vermillion, South Dakota and taught cinematography at the University of South Dakota, where he worked for more than 3 years. He then began to work as a cinematographer in Pittsburg, Pa. He started his own film production company in Omaha, Nebraska, that made regional television commercials. He met his future wife Mary there. He sold his company and moved to Colorado in 1981 where his brother Pat was living in the Roaring Fork valley. He got his real estate brokers license and began selling real estate in Aspen and Snowmass, Village. Rick was very active in the community. He was on numerous Town Advisory Boards. He founded the Snowmass Rotary Club. He was a past President of the Snowmass Homeowners Association. He Administered the Heldman, King scholarship program for 30 years to assist local students wishing to go to college. He also served on the Snowmass Village Water and Sanitation board. He was President of the Board of Realtors in 1985 and Vice-President of the District Board of Realtors in 1989. Many people remember his column in the local paper giving helpful tips on real estate. He was also an avid skier and golfer. He got a hole in one in 1992. Rick was also very active in St. Mary’s church in Aspen.
What was most important to Rick was his family. He was always ready to help anyone in need, yet never seemed to need any assistance himself. He was a rock for his family. One thing, though, Rick was never boring. He had an incredible sense of humor and a lust for life. He will be sorely missed.
A funeral is scheduled for 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 12 at St. Mary’s Church with a reception to follow. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Rick’s life. Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to Aspen Board of Realtors Hellman-King Scholarship Fund, Maria@AspenRealtors.com