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Escher Griffin

Escher Matthew Griffin

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006 - Tuesday, December 8th, 2020
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Escher Matthew Griffin was born February 28, 2006, to Alicia Griffin and Scott Vernon. His birth was a welcomed blessing to our family. Born with a rare congenital condition called Megacystis microcolon intestinal hypoperistalsis syndrome (MMIHS), he would not allow this to be his legacy. At the age of 13 months, Matthew had a life-saving six organ transplant which changed the course of his life. He was a child full of life, love, and hope and had a strong curiosity for learning, with the exception of course, for Math. He loved reading, and enjoyed building Lego sets, often redesigning the sets to enhance and make them better. As he got older, he enjoyed watching science and nature documentaries, especially anything to do with exploring the planets, stars, and outer space. Other favorite pastimes included bike riding with his Dad, visiting with his grandmother to his aunt and uncle’s ranch, camping and hiking with the Boy Scouts, playing video games, trips to science museums, and visiting friends with rabbits (you know who you are). He also loved nature walks and developed a strong interest in entomology, no bug was a stranger to him.

At the age of 5 he was enrolled in St John’s Catholic School. He really loved being part of St John’s, where he developed life-long friendships and was surrounded by people that truly cared about him. After the 5th grade Matthew was home schooled, but was always proud to tell people he belonged to St John the Apostle Catholic School.

While attending St John’s he joined the school’s Cub Scouts group. He learned about being part of a den, fellowship, responsibility, enjoying family activities, and citizenship. When he advanced to Boys Scouts, we watched as his self-confidence grew, by learning leadership skills, how to be self-reliant, service to others, and so much more. We started to see some of the changes in him that made us so very proud of the young man he was becoming. Many times, he was unable to participate in activities, such as overnight camping trips with his Troop 335, but any time he did spend with them, he enjoyed himself and cherished the comradery. Being with his brothers in Boy Scouts gave him the opportunity to be himself, a safe place to be a young man, not a patient. We are so thankful for that.

By the age of 13 he wanted to be called by his middle name, Matthew, which he felt sounded more mature. After more than 2 years in liver rejection, he was given a second chance at life with another transplant. Matthew passed away on December 8, 2020 after a three-month fight for life.

Matthew left us a lifetime legacy of laughter, love and courage. We will never forget his humor and wit, his love of learning and his courageous spirit.

In his amazing but short life with us, Matthew touched and was touched by many incredible and wonderful people. On behalf of our family we give thanks to all of you for your prayers, love and friendship over the years. Our most sincere and heartfelt thanks go out to those in the medical field who gave their all that we would share 14 incredible years with Matthew. He brought so much joy to our lives. Thank you Dr Channabasappa M.D. & The Children’s Medical Center in Dallas(our second home), Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburg & Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. To the doctors, transplant and ICU nurses, physician assistants/nurse practioners, fellows, technicians, child life specialists, psychologist, social workers, chaplains, physical therapists, occupational therapists, massage therapists, cleaning staff, home health nurses, music therapists, life flight crews and many, many more we graciously thank you.

We cannot say enough about the incredible group of nurses (hospital, home health, ICU) that have cared for Matthew over the years. You all shared in caring for him, raising him, nurturing him and entertaining him in some of his most serious times. May our Lord bless each and every one of you for your selfless work and dedication.

There is no gift more precious than the gift of organ donation. To the Donor Families, we can only express our deepest gratitude and always keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
In lieu of flowers or food our family is requesting donations be made to: BSA Troop 335
2933 Sawtimber Trail
Fort Worth, TX 76244
In memo field include:
Scholarship fund in name of Escher Matthew Griffin

Wade Family Funeral Home
(817) 274-9233
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 17th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Thursday, December 17th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Wade Family Funeral Home
    Address
    4140 W. Pioneer Pkwy.
    ARLINGTON, TX 76013
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  • Rosary Service

    Thursday, December 17th, 2020 | 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday, December 17th, 2020 7:00pm
    Location
    Wade Family Funeral Home
    Address
    4140 W. Pioneer Pkwy.
    ARLINGTON, TX 76013
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  • Service

    Friday, December 18th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, December 18th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    St. John The Apostle Catholic Church
    Address
    Address Not Available
    Officiant
    Father Perry Henry
  • Interment

    Friday, December 18th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, December 18th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Emerald Hills Memorial Park
    Address
    500 Kennedale Sublett Road
    KENNEDALE, TX 76060
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