R. Griffith was born in Byesville, Ohio on October 6, 1940, the 9th
of what would become a family of 17 children. Danny’s father was a
coal miner and his mother ran a small gas station, grocery store,
and bait store. Danny spent his childhood in the hill country of
southeastern Ohio and graduated High School in Conesville, Ohio with
a “HUGE” class of 22 seniors.
Immediately after Graduation from High School, M:.W:.
Danny joined U.S. Navy and began a career which would eventually
occupy the next 48 years of his life. He received extensive
training in electronics, pneumatics, hydraulics, and
air-conditioning/refrigeration and became a TRADEVMAN (TD), or
Training Devices Man where he maintained flight simulation
equipment. He retired from the Navy as a Senior Chief Petty Officer
(E-8) in June 1980 after 22 years of service. He then worked as an
Electronics Field Engineer for a short period of time before
beginning his second career as an Electronics Field Engineer for the
U.S. Navy as a civilian employee. This second career lasted for an
additional 24 ½ years. While on active duty with the Navy,
Danny attended Florida Junior College at Jacksonville and earned an
Associate in Sciences Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology.
married his High School sweetheart Betsy on November 21, 1959.
Betsy’s father was also a coal miner and she can truly be called a
“Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Betsy and Danny have three daughters,
Susan Whalen, Kathleen Griffith, and Lori Averitt. They have 4
Grandchildren, Michael Whalen, Meagan Whalen, Lindsey Averitt, and
Danny began his Masonic Career at Orange Park Lodge No. 267 in
Orange Park, Florida. He was Raised a Master Mason on May 18,
1985. He progressed through the various stations in the Lodge and
served as Worshipful Master of Orange Park Lodge No. 267 in 1993. M:.W:.Danny
has served on many District, Zone, and State Committees. He served
as District Instructor for the 12th Masonic District in
1997, 1998, and 1999. He was appointed as District Deputy Grand
Master of the 12th Masonic District in 2001 by
has served as Senior Grand Deacon for
Elmer Coffman in 2004, Grand Marshal for
Robert P, Harry, Jr. in 2007, and Junior Grand Deacon for
Dale Goehrig in 2009. He has served as a member of the Board of
Trustees of the Masonic Home of Florida and as a member of the
Corporate Board of Directors of The Grand Lodge of Florida.
Danny was elected Junior Grand Warden of The Grand Lodge of Florida
Danny earned his Gold Proficiency Card on July 16, 1993, was
appointed as Grand Representative to Greece in 2005 and in 2011 was
appointed as Grand Representative to his beloved State of Ohio. He
was extremely honored to receive the John P. Duval Award in 2008 as
the Outstanding Florida Mason.
is a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Jacksonville, the York
Rite Bodies of Jacksonville where he served as High Priest in Duval
Chapter No. 12 Royal Arch Masons in 2011, Morocco Shrine, Clay
County Shrine Club, and Allied Masonic Degrees.
Danny loves to play golf nearly every Wednesday with his Masonic
Brothers in the Jacksonville area. He says he is not very good but
enjoys playing. He also enjoys woodworking when time permits, which
hasn’t happened very often in recent years. Danny and Betsy enjoy
traveling and can be found somewhere on the road nearly every