Michael Jay Armstrong, son of Leighton and Lucille Armstrong was born on March 8, 1948, in Yakima. At the age of one, his family moved to small farm in the town of Husum, where he attended school graduating in 1966 and lived until enlisting into the US Army in the same year. He served in the Army as a radio operator stationed in Okinawa, Japan for two years.
After his service, he started his long career with the US Forest Service as a civil engineer at the Willard Work Center on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest outside of White Salmon. With the Forest Service, he was relocated a few times and worked on the Kootenai National Forest in Libby, Mont., The Ochoco National Forest in Prineville, Ore., and finally, Mt. Hood National Forest in Estacada, Ore.
During his 27-year career with the forest service Mike received many certificate of merit awards. He retired from the forest service in 1994 and spent a lot of his time fishing and hunting before returning to the work force with the Housing Authority of Clackamas County where he did yard maintenance and janitorial duties, retiring in 2007.
Hunting, fishing, guns and cooking were a big part of his life. When asked how he was doing he always replied “Old Age High Mileage.”
It was in Libby in 1976 that he met and married Karen. They lived in Libby for a short time after getting married before moving to Prineville in 1977 and then Estacada in the fall of 1978. Mike and Karen had two sons, Dave, born in 1978, and Adam, born in 1981; a dog Taffy and a cat, Bootsie. Mike was blessed with five grandchildren, Abigail, Maxwell, Makenzie, Maddy and Jaxson; and daughters-in-law Kristina and Jaime.
The last few years of Mike’s life, he spent battling with Alzheimer’s Disease and passed away on May 30, 2019, at the age of 71.
Mike is survived by his wife Karen, sons Dave and his wife Kristina and Adam and his wife Jaime and five grandchildren; one sister Carole Molter, and three brothers Ron, Darrell and Mark (Peggy) Armstrong.