A celebration of life was held Nov. 24, 2002, at Kachemak Bay Community Center in Homer, with the Rev. Floyd Seekins officiating. His cremated remains will be buried at Hickerson Memorial Cemetery in Homer.
Mr. Griffeth was born Oct. 19, 1926, in Ashland, Maine. In 1957, he set out in a 1956 Buick to follow his dream of bringing his family to Alaska. He started out in a tent and later settled in Rabbit Creek. In 1978, adventures led to Seward. He started Adventure Cruises, acquiring the Navagander and Juliet, which he navigated from Connecticut. In 1983, he moved to Fritz Creek, Homer, and continued to do charters and work for Laidlaw, driving the special education school bus until his final retirement in 1993.
Staking land on Golden Pond in Homer, he built a hunting cabin where the family shared some of his best days.
His children wrote: "Our dad lived a life that most dreamed of. He loved to spend time in the great outdoors and had his favorite adventures hunting with his family from Maine to Alaska. He loved to be with his many family and friends. He was an inventor of things useful or not, but interesting just the same. He was an honest and hard-working man with a sense of humor that carried us through. He was surely loved by all." His grandchildren wrote: "Thank you for our Alaska legacy."
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nellie and Basil Griffeth; brothers and sisters George and Ray, Alice Shaw and Pearl Cowett; son, Floyd Griffeth; grandson, Kevin Gallacher; and great-grandson, Jona Griffeth.
Survivors are his children and their spouses, Colby and Paula Griffeth of Palmer, Peggy and Duane Dvorak of Kodiak, Kathy and Rodger Lingenfelter of Pennsylvania, and Victoria Griffeth; grandchildren, Kenneth, Clint and Tanya Griffeth, Robyn Gallacher, Stephanie Conde, Jermey and Amanda Talley, Monte Ferguson Jr., Vicki and Jenny Griffeth, Ryan Hitchcock, and Myriah and Megan Griffeth; great-grandchildren Jessica, Daniel, Allie, Kelsey, Noah, Hayden, Scarlet, Hope and Kaleb; wife, Beverly Griffeth, and her children, Wesley, Kenneth, Fritz Schacht and Connie Rohl; and siblings, Norma Sherburn and Edna Greenleaf of Maine.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Carrol I. Griffeth Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 212, Kodiak 99615.