Beloved son and friend, born October 15, 1986 in Los Angeles, California, drowned August 8, 2005, at Kern River, California. He was a 2005 graduate of North High School, Torrance, where classmates voted him "Most Unique" in 2004. He had recently enrolled in classes for Fall 2005 at El Camino College with plans to major in Marketing, and to graduate from a four-year university. He attended Bella Vista Elementary School and Monterey Highlands School in Monterey Park, and Magruder Middle School in Torrance. He worked at Captain Kidd's Fish Market since 2003. He was a talented artist, he loved music, and cars. He also enjoyed sharing time with his friends. He is survived by his parents, Steve and Merly Valles of Torrance; Grandmother Carmen Medel of the Philippines, and Jennifer Valles of Sherman Oaks; Grandfather Rizalino Anonuevo of the Philippines; uncles and aunts Tom Valles and Shirley Oliver of Van Nuys, and Jeffrey and Kimberly Valles of Glendale; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in the Philippines; He will be dearly missed by his friends from North High School, Torrance, and Monterey Park. Visitation will be from August 22, 2005, Monday, 4:00 - 7:00 P.M., August 23, 2005, Tuesday, 4:00 - 8:00. Vigil/Memorial will be at 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd. in Torrance. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M., August 24, 2005, Wednesday, at St. James Catholic Church, 415 Vincent St., Redondo Beach. Rev. Joseph Brennan, presiding. Interment will be at Green Hills Memorial Park, 27501 S. Western Ave., Rancho Palos Verdes. Reception follows immediately at St. James Catholic Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Hyatt Adam Griffith Memorial Fund, C/O The Fuller Foundation, 135 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

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  1. To the family of Hyatt, I am deeply saddened by the passing of Hyatt. Life at 18 seems invincible. I only knew Hyatt from a distance. I was a secretary at North High when Hyatt was a Junior. My son David was a classmate. They had some differences during their Junior year. My son’s father, Jim Mock was a teacher at North and Hyatt was in his SCROC based Law Enforcement class. We are all saddened by the loss of Hyatt. David and Jim are both out of state at this time. They are not able to send condolences at this time. I know they will share in your families grief when they return home. I hold Griffith and his family in prayer in this difficult time and after. Becky Mock

  2. I have watched with great saddness the mourning of so many of Hyatt’s NHS friends. Although he wasn’t one of the kids I personally knew from North, the impact of his friendship to so many of them is very evident. I pray that the Lord will comfort all of you and show you ways to honor Hyatt’s life in the days, months, years ahead.

  3. To Hyatt’s family, I was saddened to read of Hyatt’s death in the newspaper. I was Hyatt’s tutor years ago when he came to Shamrock Tutoring for one summer. I remember him as a good kid who loved talking about cars. From what I read in the paper, Hyatt grew into a nice young man as well. I am sorry that his life ended so quickly and that we only got a glimpse of the man that he would become. My prayers are with your family. Sincerely, Matt Cheung

  4. Mr. and Mrs. Valles We are so saddened by your incredible loss. Hyatt was a friend of my grandson and fellow North High student. I never had the privilege of meeting your wonderful son, but from what i’ve heard from all his friends he was a terrific guy. We will never forget him. Hyatt has been in our thought’s everyday and in our sleepless nights filled with what if’s. He was a great kid and a terrific young adult. He will be terribly missed by so many who knew him and some of us who only had the privilege of knowing about him. Our deepest sympathy and thoughts are with your family

  5. Hyatt was cherished by his friends…their love and dedication to his memory shows through all of their expressions and efforts. Please be proud of having such an exceptional son that was so very loved by all who knew him. -Linda

  6. We will miss your happy, smiling face here at Captain Kidds.You were a pleasure to work with. May the angels watch over you and keep you safe.

  7. Hyatt, you are one of my closest male friends, we talked like brother and sister! 5th period our senior year in Mr. McCartys was my favorite, your smelly farts EVERYDAY haha and me always pointing at you when I was really the one talking and having Mr McCarty believe me, haha! You are my heart and you have been for 6 years! You made us all smile and laugh all day everyday! I will never forget the days where I didn’t have a lunch or lunch money and you would always offer me half your sandwhich that your mom made, which might I add was delicious. I will never in my life forget you and your remarks! Just the simple hang outs with you, whether we were in lato’s room just talking or driving around at night looking for craked out people, haha. I know where ever you are you are watching down on all of us and you will protect us, I cannot wait to see you in the future and just give you hugs and kisses and just hear your voice again. You will never be forgotten. You accomplished so much in your life, if you wanted to do something, you did it. You are in heaven now and you are watching over all of us, and i’m being selfish but i wish i could be there with you. “gotta make that buck n’ chedda baby” haha thanks for the laughs, i’ll be missing you kiddo. Please come visit me in my dreams, I Love You Hyatt Adam Griffith.

  8. hyatt…we will all miss you so much…everyone loves you and thinks about you all the time…i can remember talking to you about how you pretended to fall asleep when your mom came in the room when you were little and you used to snore like they did in the cartoons…aww how cute! were such a great guy and you put smiles on everyones faces and you can have the whole room belly laughing in will always be remembered as the great guy you were. and to the had a great son and he’s in good hands now..we dont have to worry…he’s up there watching over all of you…

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