Sterling T. Griffiths, age 79, passed away on November 20, 2017 in St George, Utah. He was born June 28, 1938 in Beaver, Utah to Woodrow and Nettie Puffer Griffiths. He married Donna Clair Batt on October 1, 1962 and they were later divorced.
He was born and raised on a dairy farm in Beaver, Utah. He attended Beaver High school where, as a junior, he served as the FFA President. During this tenure, dad received a National FFA award where he had the opportunity to travel back to Waterloo, Iowa to accept this award. During his senior year, he served as the student body president for Beaver High School. After completing high school, dad continued his education at Utah State University where he received a Bachelors of Science and then pursued his Masters Degree in the area of Dairy Science. During this time, he was offered a job with the Carnation Milk Corporation. Instead of pursing this employment opportunity, dad decided to pursue the life of a small business owner. He started this adventure by running the Chevron Service Station in Mt. Carmel Junction, Utah. This was the beginning of his business endeavors where he had eight different service stations, a car dealership, a Pak-A-Part truck, a dairy freeze, an auto detail shop, cattle, and race horses.
Dad was a life long member of the LDS Church where he taught his children, grandchildren, and many others by example. He was the first person from Orderville to be elected to a 4-year term as a Kane County Commissioner where he had the opportunity to serve two terms. During this tenure, dad, with the help of his younger brother Terry, had the opportunity to take Gov. Scott Matheson and his wife dune buggying out on the Corral Pink Sand Dunes to show case the pristine environment of Kane County. Dad often commented that he ended up with a sore leg due to Mrs. Matheson grabbing tightly on to his thigh throughout this adventure. He also led a Kane County delegation back to Washington, D.C., where he met with Secretary of the Interior Thomas S. Kleppe to lobby for the Kaiparowits Project. Dad was also the first person from Orderville to be elected as the Little League President where he oversaw teams from Kanab, Fredonia, and Orderville. He was also actively involved in the Lions Club while living in Orderville. His adventures eventually took him to Portland, Oregon where he operated four service stations and a detail shop. One of the service stations he operated in downtown Portland became affectionately known as Mormon Corner. Dad later returned to Southern Utah to be close to his children, grand children, and other family members. During his life, he will be remembered for treating everyone with kindness, patience, and respect. Dad was a great listener and had a huge impact on many lives.
He was a devoted hard worker and had good work ethics that he instilled in his family. Dad loved spending time with his family and was always willing to do anything to help his children, grandchildren, and others. He is survived by his children Tyese (Nolan) Gray of St George, UT; Travis Paul (LaNae) Griffiths of Mesquite NV; Preston B. (Marcy) Griffiths of Parowan, UT; Destry B. Griffiths, Enoch, UT; 12 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren. His sisters Connie Sue Tait of Enoch, UT; Patsy Ann (Andrew) Johnson of Beaver, UT; Linda Kay (Spence) Eyre of Minersville, UT; brothers Gary Woodrow (Tammy) Griffiths of Cedar City, UT; Terry J. (Lucy) Griffiths of Orderville, UT. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Stephen Ray Griffiths. Funeral services were on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Parowan First and Second Ward Chapel located at 59 South 100 West. Interment was in the Parowan City Cemetery. Services under the direction of McMillan Mortuary.