W. Dale Griffin (February 20, 1943 - September 19, 2023)

In loving memory of
W. Dale Griffin
  • February 20, 1943
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  • September 19, 2023

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My dear, sweet husband of sixty years went home to be with the Lord, September 19, 2023.

Dale was born February 20, 1943 in Goose Creek, Texas (Baytown) to Bobbie and Goodwin (Goody) Griffin. The family soon moved back to Nederland, Texas where Dale grew up. He graduated from Nederland High School where he met his future wife, Sandra Kay Tucker. They attended Lamar University together and married August 9, 1963. Sandra taught school in the Nederland Independent School District and Dale learned to fly at Jefferson County Airport.

Dale gained his flying experience by flying pipeline patrol, forest fire patrol, and instructing future pilots.  He flew for an oil corporation, Mid-West Oil in Fort Worth, Texas until he was hired by Delta Air Lines in 1968. During his career Dale traveled to Russia, Japan, France, Israel, Italy, England and Germany. He retired February 16, 2003 after his last trip to Paris accompanied by many family members and friends.

Dale and Sandra enjoyed many trips to Europe.  They especially enjoyed going to Bavaria and Croatia with their dear friends Liz and John Uskovich.  In addition to flying, Dale was a Commodore with The Moorings Yacht Charter.  He and Sandra took many sailing trips all around the Caribbean Islands with Dale at the helm.

Dale and Sandra were blessed with two wonderful sons, Andrew of Scottsdale, AZ and Craig (Cindy) of Wildwood, FL. Dale loved flying and golfing so It is no accident that Andrew is a professional airline pilot and Craig is a golf professional.  Dale loved spending time with his two grandchildren, Gabriella Griffin of Albuquerque, NM and Gavin Griffin of Scottsdale, AZ.  Dale is also survived by two brothers, Kent (Debby) Griffin of Beaumont, TX; Mark (Peggy) Griffin of Buna, TX; sister-in-law, Lannie Gay Tucker of Euless, TX; Aunt, Jimmie Lou Weeren; Niece, Kayse Griffin Chappell; Nephews, Kirk and Scott Griffin and many cousins.

Sandra and the family would like to thank the sweet caregivers who showed so much kindness to Dale during his illness at Inspiritas Memory Care of Wildwood and Vitas Hospice Care. In lieu of flowers please make donations to First Baptist Church at The Villages, 16523 SE 76th Chatham Ave., The Villages, FL 32162, and Happy Hill Farm, 3864 North Highway 144, Granbury, TX 76048.

Instead of flowers, the family would prefer if you would make a donation to
First Baptist Church at The Villages, 16523 SE 76th Chatham Ave., The Villages, FL 32162, and Happy Hill Farm, 3864 North Highway 144, Granbury, TX 76048

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  1. Dr Jerry Reed says:
    03 Nov 2023
    Peace and blessing s to Sandra Kay and Family. We’ve lost another good man and command pilot. I’ll see him soon,

  2. Linda Brownlee says:
    30 Oct 2023
    Sending prayers and positive thoughts. Treasure the memories.
    -Linda Brownlee (formerly Wyble)

  3. Bryan Uskovich says:
    11 Oct 2023
    Rest in peace Captain Griffin.
    Bryan, Barbara, and Briggs Uskovich

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