Homer resident Matthew Marvin Griffin died Tuesday, June 3, 2008, at the Seward Boat Harbor. He was 36.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2008, at The Hickerson Cemetery in Homer. Pallbearers were Chris Griffin, James Otis, Don Holten and David Cash.
Mr. Griffin was born Sept. 1, 1971, to Guy and Jacqueline Griffin in Madera, Calif. He became an Alaska resident in 1984, living in Anchorage and Homer.
He worked for many years rehabilitating teens who were troubled with drugs and crime. In the early 90's he worked on the crabbing boat Four Daughters out of Kodiak for five years. Most he worked in the local fish processing plant in Kenai. He signed on with the boat Egegik Spirit, but died days before it was to leave. His hobbies were going to the gym and health spas.
"I can remember when they were boys, riding their bikes on the deck the boat when they came with Stan, their dad, to work. Nice family they were," said Otto Kilcher.
"I am glad I met him. He was a good friend," said Jeff Welch.
"He sure was proud of his son Matthew. He would talk about him for hours. He will be missed," said M. Moe.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Jacqueline Griffin-Wright; stepfather, Stan; and brother.
He is survived by his son, Mathew Griffin of Anchorage; brother, Christopher Griffin of Homer; nieces, Ashley, Michelle, and Brittney all of Homer; mother of his son, Tina Ballot of Anchorage; mother of Christopher's children, Christine Wilkins of Homer; grandpa, Lloyd Wright of Bakersfield, Calif.; aunts, Tina Norie Wright and Linda Wright of California; cousins, Casey and Natalie Lindstrom of California; and father-in-law, Christopher Flowers of Lancaster, Calif; ex-sister-in-law, Christy Griffin of Homer; and many other extended family members.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests, memorial donations be sent in memory of Matthew to 196 West Fairview Ave. Homer, AK 99603.
Arrangements were made by The Homer Funeral Home.
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