Mark Timothy Griffin, was born August 12, 1955, to minister Virgil and Dolores Griffin in Fort Wayne, IN. Mark bade farewell to this life and entered his eternal resting place on Friday, December 31, 2021.
Mark was the fifth of eight children. He attended Pilgrim Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Pastor John Dixie. Mark was an active member of the church, utilizing his knowledge of the Bible to lead others to Christ as the superintendent of Sunday School. Outside of his church obligations, Mark enjoyed wrestling. He was a member of the wrestling team at Northrop High School, where he graduated in 1974. Mark was an employee of International Harvester, Martin Construction, and American Hoist.
On April 2, 1976, Mark married Cindy Griffin Malone. From that union, the two were blessed with two sons, Andrew and Matthew Griffin. In 1985, Mark set his sights on the Golden State and relocated to California. Mark never let the distractions of the big city life interfere with his spiritual journey. He was an active member of St. John's Missionary Church, serving as president of the nurse's guild and male chorus. He was also a member of The Mellonaires Gospel Group, performing in many churches throughout California.
On July 15, 1989, Mark married the late Deidre Griffin. The two were blessed with 36 years of marital bliss. Mark loved to explore the world through traveling, especially various countries in Africa. He enjoyed educational games, music, and keeping up with the latest fashions. Mark will be remembered for his love of Christ and his colorful sense of humor.
He leaves to cherish his memory: two sons Andrew (Heidi) Griffin, and Matthew (Elizabeth) Griffin; five siblings, Sharon (William) Lewis, Virgil (Glenda) Griffin, Cynthia (Kim) Stephens, Christee Griffin Nuriddin, and Vivian (William) Powers; seven grandchildren, Jackson Alexander Griffin, Allyn Griffin, Jordan Kay Griffin, Michael Aaron Griffin, Gabriel Malone Griffin, Raphael Myles Griffin, Samuel Paul Griffin; and a host of family and friends.
"For even the sun of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."