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Samuel W. Griffith


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Samuel W. Griffith Obituary
Samuel W. Griffith (age 74) of Austin, TX and Durango, CO, passed away from internal hemorrhage and cancer on September 28, 2017, in Durango, CO, with his loving wife at his side. Sam is survived by his wife of 36 years, Leonora Branca, and three stepchildren, William Wade (Susan) of Washington, DC, John Wade (Aileen) of Austin, TX, and Teresa Wade Malone (Eric Malone) of Durango, CO, and six step grandchildren, Max Wade, Nicholas Wade, Alanna Wade, Andrew Wade, Charlie Malone and Ben Malone.

Born July 26, 1943 to William H. Griffith and Audrey Cotter Griffith in Riverdale, MD, he earned Eagle Scout rank at age 15, graduated from High Point High School (1961) and University of Maryland (1965) - Madrigal singers, the men's leadership honorary Omicron Delta Kappa, and ROTC. Sam attained the rank of Captain in the United States Air Force. He earned a master's degree from University of Southern California.

Sam's civilian career began at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC, and he retired from a Silicon Valley high tech company as a technical manager. After moving to Pebble Beach, CA, Sam was active in Sons of the American Revolution - Monterey Bay Chapter, I Cantori di Carmel - a classical concert choir, CSUMB Advisory Board, Eagle Scout Review Board, the Stillwater Club, the Group, and Rotary. Sam's lifelong passion was flying and he held numerous ratings and certificates as flight instructor, commercial pilot, and airline transport pilot. He enjoyed SCUBA diving in the waters of the Monterey Bay, Bermuda, and Hawaii, and cross-country driving trips. Recently, they moved closer to family to winter in Austin, TX, and summer in Durango, CO. Sam was buried at Santa Fe National Cemetery.
Published in The Durango Herald on Oct. 4, 2017
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