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Evangel University mourns the death of music professor killed in crash in Ozark, Mo.

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Published: Oct. 29, 2020 at 4:40 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The Evangel University family is mourning the loss faculty member, Dr. Joel Griffin.

Dr. Griffin was the director of jazz studies at the Springfield university.

He died Thursday from injuries involved in a five-car crash on October 22 in Ozark, Mo.

“It was with profound sorrow that I shared with the Evangel family today, our colleague and friend Dr. Joel Griffin has passed away,” said President Carol Taylor, Ph.D. “He was a gifted and beloved professor, colleague, mentor, and friend to many. Somehow, I imagine that his welcome to eternity included worship music offered via a heavenly jazz orchestra and the presentation of a new saxophone.

In the music realm, Griffin was a saxophonist, composer and educator. He had been on the professional music scene since 1998 and served as the director of jazz studies at Evangel since 2012. A native of Southern Missouri, he held a bachelor’s degree in saxophone performance from Missouri Southern State University and a master’s degree in music theory from Missouri State University. He recently completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education with a research emphasis in jazz studies at Boston University.

He is survived by his wife, Kara, and three children, Sadie, Elam and Harper.

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