Larry Allen Griffith, 70, of Albany, Oregon passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2019. He was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa to Harley Woodrow and Dorthy Elizabeth (Boege) Griffith.
His family moved to Philomath when Larry was a young boy. He attended school in Philomath until his family moved to Corvallis, where Larry continued his education and graduated from Corvallis High School in 1967.
Larry met his soon-to-be wife, Mary Ellen (Dickinson) Griffith, at Mazzi’s Italian Restaurant in Corvallis, where she was working. They were married on May 8, 1993 and enjoyed 26 happy years together as husband and wife.
Larry worked at CH2M HILL for 30 years in the capacity of janitor and delivery person. Larry loved to drive and spent many hours traveling around the area. He enjoyed visiting friends and family and the scenery.
Larry was a very friendly person and made numerous life-long friends, many who were able to visit with Larry over the last weeks of his life. Larry was so appreciative to have his wife, Mary, family members, and friends to keep him company, reminiscing times spent together.
He also loved Chihuahua dogs. He and wife Mary called their dogs their “kids." Larry was a people person and he and Mary enjoyed going to Flea Markets with Larry’s mother, Dorthy. Larry raised birds, and he, Mary, and his mother spent many years showing their birds at the Oregon State Fair and won several ribbons.
Larry always had an affinity for cars and could recognize and identify the year and make of cars. He collected model cars for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; son Johnathan Griffith and his wife, Sarah; brother James Griffith and his wife, Eloise; five grandchildren; and several cousins.
Larry was preceded in death by his mother, father, brother, Carl, and sister, LaRee.
A memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 10, at First United Methodist Church in Lebanon. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the cost of funeral expenses by contacting Sweet Home Funeral Chapel.
A memborial service will be held at a future date.
Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.