David Richard Greif

August 24, 1937January 14, 2017

David Richard Greif, 79, of Payette, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, after a challenging 16 year journey with Parkinson’s Disease. The disease diminished his physical capabilities which affected his lifestyle, but it never diminished his faith in God, sense of humor, or his zest for living. He never complained, and continually demonstrated amazing strength and persistence. He was born Aug. 24, 1937, the first of 12 children to Irvin and Alma Greif in Boise, ID. He grew up in Payette, attending Payette Schools and began playing sports at a young age. He became a very talented athlete, and was known for his speed and ball handling ability. His brother, Dan, noted that Dave was so fast that when he caught the football, he would run down the sidelines past everyone to score a touchdown! David is also remembered for playing baseball with Harmon Killebrew. This past summer he demonstrated his determination and athleticism again, as he impressed the entire family by hitting a pitched ball during a family reunion softball game. David graduated from Payette High School in 1955, and went on to attend Boise Junior College, San Jose State Teachers College, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. On Aug. 16, 1958 he married his sweetheart, Virginia L. Cassidy. Dave always said he picked that wedding date so Ginny would be sure to remember his birthday on the 24th of Aug.! David taught choir for one year at Jerome Junior High and High School, and the following year he and Ginny moved back to Colorado so he could teach choir at the Air Force Academy High School in Colorado Springs. He returned to Idaho to work with his father in the family business; Greif’s Music Center, and later became a co-owner with his brother, John. He spent many years traveling to several schools in Idaho, Oregon, and Nevada, to sell, rent and service musical instruments. While he didn’t make much money in the music business, Dave admitted that he was willing to forgo wealth because of his love for music, and he always knew the Lord would provide for him and his family. David’s love of music led him to sing and perform in community theater performances at Treasure Valley Community College. He also sang in the Treasure Valley Chorale for many years, and enjoyed singing in a trio with his brothers, John and Mike. Dave blessed many people with his musical talents on the saxophone and the clarinet playing in church, at family gatherings, and with many groups including with the Dixie Land Society of Ontario, Ed’s Band (later known as the Treasure Valley Swing Band), and the Treasure Valley Wind Symphony. Another love of David’s life was working in the garden with Virginia. The couple always had a huge, abundant garden often with prize-winning produce; like 100 pound pumpkins, 11 foot tall sunflowers, and 1100 pounds of tomatoes in one season. David left a legacy of musical talent and athleticism to his family and friends which will live on in his children and grandchildren for decades to come. He taught his young family to ski when he served on the National Ski Patrol at Hitt Mountain, and was a huge fan and supporter of all his children and grandchildren in their athletic and musical endeavors. Several of them received athletic scholarships, and many have inherited his love and talent for music. He was a loving brother, husband, father, and grandfather with a great sense of humor. He will be sorely missed. His most important accomplishment was sharing his love for and commitment to the Lord, Jesus Christ, with a many people as he could. He ministered as an elder in the Payette Tabernacle Church and blessed many people with his beautiful singing voice. He personified the expression, “keep a song in your heart”, which he always did. David was preceded in death by his father, mother and brother, Sidney Greif. He leaves behind the love of his life, Virginia of 58 years and his beloved children Rick (Jody) Greif of Payette, Mark (Laurie) Greif of Klamath Falls, OR, Lori (Daryl) Smith of Kuna and Julie Strickland of McCall, 11 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by his 10 siblings Mary Greif of Payette, Sarah (Don) Olson of Eagle, John (Sue) Greif of Payette, Ruth (Randy) Smith of Coeur d’Alene, Joseph (Judy) Greif of Hagerman, Esther (Dave) Ball of Fruitland, Martha Greif of Payette, Margaret (Dave) Levson of Calgary, Alberta Canada, Daniel (Jenna) Greif of San Diego, CA and Mike (Gwen) Greif of Payette and numerous nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life for David R. Greif will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Payette First United Methodist Church in Payette, ID. In lieu of flowers the family welcomes donations to Community Concerts of Treasure Valley, c/o Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661. Arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. Condolences may be sent to David’s family at


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Rick Greif

January 20, 2018

Dear Dad,
It has been several months since you went to Heaven. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of you! When I think about you, I also think about my precious kids and grandsons. It is an awesome responsibility to be a father and a grandfather, and I was proud of you for both. It is an honor to carry on your name. I hope I can live up to the reputation it deserves.

Every day, I realize the importance of honor and family. I know you are with your mom and dad, and Uncle Sid. I also know you are not burdened with Parkinson's, or an earthly body any more. I look forward to the day I will see you again. We can play golf!

I miss and love you so much, and I would give anything to talk to you one more time!


Your Son Rick


March 29, 2017

What a humbling experience to read the countless comments about my father. He touched so many lives for so many years. He will live on in hearts of all those who had the privilege to know him.

I think of you often dad and miss knowing that you are there in Payette always with a smile and kind words when I came to visit. Thank you for being the man and father that you were. While I know I will never measure up to you in your faith in god and your kind spirit. I trust and pray that I have and will continue to be a mentor to my children and that they live their lives with integrity, kindness and humility as you did. Miss you.

Your Son

March 9, 2017

We love you guys and pray for God to comfort you. I'll always remember Dave's kind heart, gleaming smile and beautiful harmony! What a great legacy he leaves behind!

Tony & Asti Smith
Colorado Springs

Cassie (Greif) Walters

February 15, 2017

Grandpa, We miss you already! We are fortunate to have had you in our lives so long, yet we still feel like we're missing out on time with you. That is because you are so amazing! One of the (many) qualities that we will never forget about you is your sense of humor. The fact that you could hardly get your story out because you were cracking yourself up made it all the funnier. And your answers to the Balderdash game...we can still hear you snickering as you wrote them. Such a clever, quick witted man. Always full of joy. Just last spring, you practically jumped out of your motorized scooter to get down on your hands and knees to be a "horse" for your 8 month old great grandson. Sound effects, "bucking," and all. It warmed our hearts and we will treasure that memory forever. We love you so much!

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