Lloyd Grisso, 1917 ~ 2011

Lloyd Wesley Grisso, 93, passed away on Jan. 8, 2011 in Morton, Wash., after a full, long life.

He was born to Perry Kay and Sarah Alice Grisso on April 27, 1917 in Purcell, Okla. Lloyd was raised in Bowlegs, Okla., where he met and married his best friend, Pheba (Betty) Batesel, on April 18, 1940.

They moved to California in 1942, and he began his career as an Army civilian worker, inspecting missiles for the Department of the Army. In 1962, he transferred to Tooele, Utah.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping with Betty and the family.

Lloyd retired from government service in 1972, and began traveling and later settled in Moab, Utah. He moved to Morton in 2006.

He always enjoyed telling stories of his travels, raising a garden, and playing with all of the children.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Betty; sons, Howard (Linda) and Roger (Cathy); and daughters, Beth Thames, Pheba Pannunzio, and Loel (Robert) Ortiz.

Lloyd loved his 10 grandchildren: Teresa Guthrie, Tom (Kari) Guthrie, Todd (Angela) Guthrie, Aimee (Ross) Perry, Allison (Jason Stec) Grisso, Angela (Scott Baer) Grisso, Stephanie (Justin) Moran, Natalie Pannunzio, Wesley (Erin Bryson) Ulrich, and Joe (Jennifer) Grisso. He was grandpa to 20 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and one brother.

A celebration of Lloyd’s life took place in Morton, Wash., and burial was in Tooele, Utah on Saturday, Jan. 15