Marion F. Griffin
Marion Griffin was born to pioneer parents in Gadsden, AZ in 1924. He passed away July 10, 2006, after a lifetime of farming in the Yuma area. A humble, determined man, his career produced a successful farming operation. For years, he was a partner in G &S Produce where winter produce and summer melons were their specialty. He then continued with Griffin Ranches until his death, growing a variety of crops.
Marion attended Gadsden School and Yuma High School, before leaving for the University of Arizona. He was active in both local and state Future Farmers of America and enjoyed seeing the youth of our area continue to participate in agriculture-related activities. His enthusiasm for farming was high up until the very end. He was always interested in new equipment, new techniques, new crops and the market price, or the status, of every acre of ground he monitored. Marion’s love of farming was evident in all his actions.
To honor his life, the Marion F. Griffin Memorial U of A Agriculture Scholarship has been established at the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma. Marion Griffin felt students should be given an opportunity to experience their agriculture college life away from their hometown. Therefore, the scholarship is for Yuma area students who have a financial need and who want to pursue a degree in an agriculture-related field at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Marion was loved and respected by many, evidenced by the fact there have been more than 75 contributions to this fund.