Services held today in Reno for former Caesars shift manager |

Services held today in Reno for former Caesars shift manager

Jeff Munson

A service will be held today in Reno for Mark “Skip” Griffin, a longtime South Shore casino manager and Marla Bay resident who died Sept. 19 in an automobile accident on Spooner Summit.

The service will begin at 9 a.m. at the Peppermill in Reno where Griffin was a shift manager. He was 49. Family and friends are invited.

Griffin died in an accident after traveling in the eastbound lane of Highway 50 when he approached a left-hand curve and was going too fast to negotiate the curve, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Griffin crossed the lanes and went onto the paved shoulder. The right front of the vehicle struck the metal guardrail and flipped over it down a dirt embankment. It overturned several times. Griffin was ejected as the vehicle rolled to a stop some 400 feet from the guardrail.

The vehicle he was driving was his 1971 Dodge Challenger, and he was known among friends and colleagues as being a safe driver.

On such friend is Marla Bay resident Jane McCain who had known Griffin as both a friend and as her boss at Caesars Tahoe where he worked for years, starting as a dealer and then moving on to shift manager. He left his job as shift manager when Caesars Tahoe sold to Columbia Sussex in June.

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“He was a real neat guy. He was involved in a lot of functions inside and outside the casino. He was a real good shift manager,” McCain said.

Former colleague and friend Dave Monegan, who also worked with Griffin at Caesars Tahoe, knew him to be a person of integrity and one who took an interest in his employees.

“He was real concerned about his employees, which was important to me from the human resources side,” said Monegan, who is now director of human resources at Casino Fandango in Carson City. “He never saw them as equipment or expendable. He always saw employees as people.”