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Glen Abbey Memorial Park & Mortuary

3838 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA

OBITUARY

David Richard Griffin

December 26, 1953June 18, 2020
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David Richard Griffin, 66 of Spring Valley, California, passed away Thursday June 18, 2020, at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, CA. David was born December 26, 1953, in Inglewood, CA to his parents George K. and Mary Lee Griffin. He was raised in Torrance and San Diego, CA with his brother Dale. He joined the U.S. Army in 1974 and served his country Honorably and Retired in 1984. While in the Army he met and married the love of his life Teresa Brown Griffin. Together they served abroad in Germany as well as in the States. He started attending college while in the military and completed his college degree with an MBA in Marketing and Finance while working as a civilian contractor for the U.S. Navy, where he developed and maintained operating systems software for shipboard computers. In 1993 he took a position with General Service Administration, Federal Technologies Services, where he started with automating workflows for contract writing systems and then moved on to Information Technologies working his way up to Director of Contracts Administration and Center Director for Global Supply, Asset and Transportation System Support. David was proceeded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Teresa, their son Ryan, daughter-in-law Kim and two grandchildren Eli and Piper. As well as his brother Dale, Dale’s wife Anu and his nephews Sergio and Zachary.

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Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020

  • Celebration of Life Reception

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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Alice Hoff

July 1, 2020

I had the privilege of getting to know Dave while working on a GSA contract as a contractor. I had numerous interactions over the years where I witnessed his leadership and grace. He could easily share a smile or laugh while keeping the focus on the goals and importance of a project. He led by example and inspired me with his strong work ethic and kind manner. On more than one occasion, he went out of his way to thank me for a particular demo or to commend me to my supervisor. It meant a lot to me to be recognized, and I know he did this for others.

In this sad time, I hope Dave's wife and family can take some small solace in knowing how much he was appreciated and admired by those who worked for and with him. I wish them peace during this difficult time. Dave will be remembered for the impact he made on the people he worked with, as well as for his leadership in shaping the GSA's IT systems that enable US governmental agencies to achieve their missions.

Kathy Gehl

July 1, 2020

My heart goes out to the family and friends. Dave was a such a great guy and always made you laugh. I really enjoyed working with Dave before I retired. He is remembered fondly by everyone that knew him. I am so very sorry for you loss.

Kathryn Palmer

June 29, 2020

Dave was the epitome of professionalism at GSA. His deep subject matter expertise and wealth of knowledge will be sorely missed.

Jason Sun

June 24, 2020

I came to know Dave last year in the technical challenge round of business contract process. In session breaks, we had some good chats around technologies, industry trends and challenges, etc. Dave shared his thoughts and never let his "authority" get in the way of our conversation. I appreciated and enjoyed those open and candid conversation that we had. Dave was a wise and kind man.
Sincere condolences to Teresa and the family grieving the immeasurable loss they suffered. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences.

Rajaji Bellamkonda

June 24, 2020

I have the good fortune of knowing David since 2010 and I had the privilege to witness his brilliance in everything he did. Work, sense of humor, kindness, thoughtfulness and above everything his passion for quality. There was never a time where we did not have a hearty laugh in his company. I will miss him dearly and may his soul rest in eternal peace. May God give the courage to his wife Teresa Griffin and his loved ones in this challenging time.


Narendra Namana

June 24, 2020

I was shell shocked by the news of Dave’s demise. I know Dave only for the last 3 years and his leadership was full of partnership, cooperation, mentoring, support and responsibility. My evenings and weekends will not be the same without Dave. I’ll be missing you dearly Dave in my daily work life. My heartfelt condolences to Dave’s family. RIP!

Sherell Fuller

June 23, 2020

I had the brief pleasure of working on a team that supported Dave on a GSA contract, and am deeply saddened to hear about Dave's passing. The Griffin family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Tracey Nguyen

June 23, 2020

I am deeply saddened by the news of Dave’s death. Dave was my mentor and a special advisor since I first came to GSA. Dave was such a wonderful person to work with / for. I’ll miss his warm voice, humor, and understanding attitude towards to his staff. He was always giving compliments and being supportive to his division(s). He will be missed dearly.

With my deepest and heartfelt condolences.

Bill Fredricks

June 23, 2020

I've only known Dave since the summer of 2019 when I joined a contract at GSA. Dave was one of several people to whom our team reported.

From the start I always appreciated his friendliness and openness to other new or fresh ideas. When you are wise, such things don't intimidate you, they only help you to grow in your understanding or offer a chance to help others likewise. So my first observation was that Dave was friendly but that opened the door to understanding that he was wise.

With his wisdom, Dave blended in humility and more than a pinch of compassion. Let's face it, Dave had been around the block more than a time or two. He was street savvy, but because of his strength, he was also able to help and take time for others. It wasn't odd for him to enter into a discussion with me about one thing or another. Those discussions always held on level ground and never colored by his authority or superior understanding; both of which he had. So my second observation was that Dave was humble yet strong, and then compassionate and understanding.

I'm sure Dave had his faults and rough edges ... somewhere. But I can honestly say that I never saw them or recognized them if they were otherwise on display. I will miss his steady hand, his insightfulness, his friendliness, his wisdom and his friendship. While I knew him he "did justly, loved mercy and walked humbly". In my estimation, Dave was a great man.

Kari Namiot

June 23, 2020

My work days will not be the same without Dave. Most days, he would send me a "q du jour", and his email responses would always contain just his "two cents". The time difference between our coasts didn't matter; he was (rather miraculously) always available. I'll miss his humor, his knowledge, and all of his cents... Dave, you were so greatly appreciated, and I will miss you dearly.

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