Donald R. Armstrong

Oct 8, 2013 Staff

Donald R. Armstrong, formerly of Fremont County, died after a fall Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was 88 years old.

No services are scheduled.

Donald Richard Armstrong was born July 25, 1925, the son of James and Lida Stocker Armstrong in Garland, Neb.

He attended rural schools and graduated from Garland High School in 1942. Afterward he stayed in the area, farming with his parents near Garland, Neb.

In 1949, he married Jacquelyn Cooley, and they continue to farm in the area. They had two children, Dawn and Scott.

In 1961, the family quit farming and moved to Jeffrey City where Mr. Armstrong worked briefly for Western Nuclear Corp. They then moved to Riverton, where he had a cabinet shop until he went to work for Frontier Airlines. He worked 25 years for the company and was stationed in Riverton, Rock Springs, Billings, Mont., Omaha, Neb., and Salt Lake City.

After retirement, the couple spent summers with their son in Star Valley. For 13 years, they wintered in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas and with their friends in Seward, Neb. In 2002, they relocated to Beaver Dam, Ariz., for the winters.

His family said Mr. Armstrong enjoyed work and being with his family and friends. He also liked hiking, fishing, camping and traveling. They said he was a wonderful husband, father and friend to all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Jackie; son Scott and his wife Annie of Thayne; daughter Dawn Norton and her husband Michael; grandson Dale Norton and his wife Kali; and great-granddaughter Sage Norton of Salt Lake City.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Alan; and grandson Garrett Ross.

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