Donald “Don” Kenneth Griffin passed away Oct. 26, 2012. He was 71.
Don was born in Los Angeles on March 12, 1941. As a child, he traveled the world with his parents, Bill and Doris, living in Alaska, Colorado Springs, California, Japan and Washington while his father served as a career Army officer. After graduating from Shoreline High School in Seattle, Don attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. Upon graduation, he was commissioned into the Army.
Don was a decorated Vietnam veteran, having commanded an artillery firing battery in a forward operating base. He served in various leadership roles within the Army, highlighted by his assignment as a battalion commander at Fort Stewart, Ga. Don was one of the few men in the Army who served in such a position for three years, and there was none better. He was a consummate commander who saw his role as teaching subordinates the essence of what a leader should be, know and do. These young leaders later were key players in Iraq and Afghanistan as commanders of their own units. Don’s final assignment was as the commandant of the U.S. Army Organizational Effectiveness Center and School. He retired from the Army in 1985 with the rank of colonel.
After retirement, Don began a second career in the credit management business. Don was a founding officer in Integratec Inc., a company that served as a model for change in industry practices. Don later became the founding partner and longtime chairman for The Center for Business Solutions. The business processes that Don championed transformed internal management practices throughout the industry. CBS has clients in 44 countries.
Don was an avid aerobatic pilot and could often be seen performing his routine in his Decathlon over the Colorado prairie on the outskirts of Eaton and over the mountains around Steamboat Springs. He also was an accomplished model railroader, a hobby he pursued for 40 years.
Don is survived by his wife, Cheri Carsten; his brothers, Bill and Ken; his children, Don Jr., Doug, Susan, Robin and Nick; and his grandchildren, Taylor, Kelly, Katie, Carter and Kali.
Don would tell you that all of his accomplishments pale in comparison to what he felt was his best decision — to accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. One of Don’s favorite Bible verses was Ephesians 2:4-5: “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved.”
A memorial service was Nov. 1 at First Congregational Church of Eaton. Another service will be held in Atlanta at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warriors or Hospice of Northern Colorado in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th St., Greeley, CO 80631. Family and friends may view the online obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences at www.allnutt.com.