‘Big Jim’ Griffith Death – Cause of Death: Tuscon Meet Yourself co-founder, ‘Big Jim’ Griffith has passed away.
Tucson folklorist “Big Jim” Griffith passed quietly and peacefully at his home. “His love for these lands and their cultures is a light that will continue to illuminate new ways to come together in community.”
The announcement of Jim’s death has since been flooded by heartfelt tributes and condolences. “He knew all of Tucson’s stories, and all it’s history. He will be missed.”
“It is with humility and sadness that we share our beloved teacher, elder, and Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival co-founder, Dr. James S. “Big Jim” Griffith has transitioned from this earth,” a post made via Southwest Folklife Alliance Facebook page read.
“Tucson Meet Yourself and the Southwest Folklife Alliance board and staff send our deepest condolences to the Griffith family, especially his wife and TMY co-founder, Loma.”
Co-founder in 1974 of Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival (affectionately called Tucson Eat Yourself), Big Jim was the consummate folklorist story teller.