Yunk was born May 1, 1942 in Corona, NM to Clarence & Eileen Griffin. Growing up on a ranch, Yunk and his brothers had no choice but to be cowboys. After moving to Fort Hancock, TX, the Griffin boys began strenuous training with World Champion Trick Rider Dick Griffith, and became "The Four Little Men" and traveled to rodeos all over the US performing their stunts. Upon graduating from Moriarity High School in 1960, Yunk began working odd jobs until starting college at NMSU in 1963. He began saddle bronc riding and was a member of the NMSU rodeo team, where he won the Southwest Region twice. He graduated from NMSU in 1967 with his Bachelors in Ag Business. Yunk soon joined his dad and brothers in the family stone business where they worked alongside each other for forty years. Yunk married Patricia Abney on August 13, 1983. When he was 45 years old, Yunk accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, which was the most important decision he ever made. In 1998, he began New Heart Cowboy Church which he pastored until retiring and moving to Snyder, TX in 2011 to be closer to his grandkids. The last few years of his life were spent in Texas with his wife enjoying their grandkids.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Griffin; daughter, Becky Collier and her husband, Bronc; son, Cody and his wife, Sara; son, Todd and his wife, Michelle; brothers, Pete and his wife, Susie; Cleve and his wife, Donna; grandchildren, Steeley and Clarence "CJ" Collier, Isaac Griffin, Caitlin Myers, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Duncan; brother, Garvin Griffin, and his parents.
Visitation will be Friday, February 24 from 9 to 10 am at New Heart Cowboy Church. The funeral service will follow at 10 am with Couy Griffin officiating. A meal will follow after the service. Burial will be at the Corona Cemetery following the meal.
Pallbearers include: Bronc Collier, Mac Griffin, Travis Griffin, Trey Griffin, Matt Griffin, Ty Griffin, Ross Griffin, Shawn Griffin, Ryan Griffin, and Scott Miller.
The Griffin family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
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