Obituary for Timothy Armstrong
Timothy Blair Armstrong
1945 – 2017
Tim Armstrong, 72, passed away peacefully on March 29, 2017 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho from heart complications. Tim was born February 13, 1945 to Tekla Jarvis and Blair Curtis Armstrong. He was raised in McCall, Idaho, the youngest of three boys. Tim was married to the love of his life, Trish (McDowell) Armstrong for 51 years; they met at the age of 17 and were later married while attending the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming.
While growing up in McCall he developed a passion for skiing and the outdoors. From a young age, Tim competed in ski racing at the Little Ski Hill and Brundage Mountain. After graduating from McCall Donnelly High School in 1963, he attended the University of Wyoming on a full ride ski scholarship. During his final year in college he served as an assistant coach and helped guide the Wyoming Ski Team to a national title. The team was inducted into the Wyoming Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. Upon graduation Tim consulted with his father and oldest brother Bert for career advice. He joined The Idaho First National Bank in 1968 and worked in Jerome, Payette, Caldwell and Boise. The banking business furthered his passion for golf. He loved to play golf with the fearsome foursome and nothing could put a smile on his face like taking 2 bits from them unless it was taking money from the California family, especially Michael Graham. When he retired from Idaho Independent Bank in 2012 golf became his work and he became a fixture at Hillcrest Country Club.
Tim was a loving and caring husband. He and Trish enjoyed a wonderful life. Their life was filled with family, fun and excitement. The fun included outdoor activities where Tim excelled and was considered a master. He was an amazing father. He loved his children dearly, was a trusted advisor and compassionately dispensed guidance. Tim considered Todd’s wife Kathy as one of his own. He adored all of the women in his life. With the birth of his first grandchild, he came to be known as Papa. Papa looked forward to each and every chance to spend time with the grandkids. He spoiled all of them every chance he got, teaching them his passions of skiing and golf. His grandchildren may have enjoyed the french fries, burgers and ice cream the most. He routinely instigated water fights and rarely came out on the winning end. He was at his best as Papa.
Tim was a friend to many. He had deep and meaningful relationships with his friends. He genuinely cared about his customers and staff over the course of his banking career. His infectious smile and twinkling blue eyes will not be forgotten. He had a saying for everything that could happen and a laugh that warmed the room. He lived life to the fullest, but has moved on to a better place. He will be missed but not forgotten.
Tim was preceded in death by his parents Tekla and Blair, and brother John. He is survived by his wife Trish, daughter Tina, son Todd, daughter-in-law Kathy, brother Bert and wife Pat, grandchildren Blair, Allie, Jake and Jason along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He loved spending time with his niece Molly and her husband Michael.
The family would like to thank all of the care providers who worked with him over the past several years. We gained precious and valuable time with him because of your efforts. Kristen Jensen was so generous in helping to organize trips to OHSU in Portland. We would also like to thank the staff at St. Luke’s who helped to provide him comfort and compassion in the last hours of his earthly life.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Warren H. Brown Memorial Fund c/o Idaho Community Foundation (benefits the Little Ski Hill in McCall, Idaho) 210 W State Street Boise, ID 83702, OHSU Foundation- Knight Cancer Institute Mail Stop 45 PO Box 4000 Portland, OR 97208 or charity of your choice. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Apostles Catholic Church, 6300 N Meridian Rd, Meridian, Idaho on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 11:00 am. The Funeral Mass will be followed by a celebration of his life at Honalee Farm Event Center, 7010 W Moon Valley Rd, Eagle, Idaho. Arrangements are under the direction of Summers Funeral Home. Boise, ID. 208-343-6493. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.summers funeral.com.