Jimmie Richard Armitage passed away in West Jordan, Utah at the age of 81, Saturday, December 11th after battling heath issues. He was born December 29, 1939 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Youngest son of seven children to Firth Settle Armitage and Mabel Lavene Luker Armitage.
Married Mary Jean Niederhauser in the Salt Lake Temple, June 22, 1962 for 19 years until she passed away on October 23, 1981. She was his heavenly angel. Married Diana Ruth Tiona, in West Jordan, Utah January 3, 1984. Diana is his earthly angel who cared for him so sweetly until his last day.
He served in the United States Marine Corps (Oorah!). Shortly after his honorable discharge he served an LDS mission in the central states. He started out working for the family business F.S. Armitage and Sons Painting Company. Later his career path took him to Hercules and Eimac/Varian. He then returned to, and retired from F.S. Armitage Sons, the family business.
His happy place was the family property at Strawberry Pinnacles until it was sold because of his declining health. He cherished his opportunity to take a couple of cruises with Diana to Alaska. He was a lifetime fan of the Utah Utes, Utah Jazz and San Francisco 49ers.
His love of all things tools was safely held in St. Jimmies. He who dies with the most tools wins! He was also a proud grandpa of twelve grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Survived by Wife Diana; and daughters Vicki Jean, Penny Lynne, Ronda Rae (spouse, Robert), Jamie Denise, Valory Ann (spouse, Marty), Teresa Marie (spouse, Phil); son Michael Richard; sister Patsy Baldwin; and ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents Firth and Mabel; wife Mary Jean; siblings McKeith, Shirley, Joyce, Roy, Kay; and grandchildren Tyler and Chambre.
A viewing will be held Friday, December 17, 2021 from 11:00 am - 12:45 pm followed by military honors and graveside prayer at 1:00 pm at Larkin Sunset Gardens 1950 E. Dimple Dell Road (10600 S.) Sandy, Utah.
Jim was a close friend. We did a lot of stuff together as kids. He and I climbed onto the roof at the field house at the U through a trap door from the inside to watch a U of U football game when we were kids- younger than ten. Sadly, over the years we lost contact. I’m sorry we did. He was a good guy. His first wife was my friend, too. She was special as well.
Worked with Jim at Varian. Good worker and always had a smile. Fun to be around.
I was saddened by hearing about the passing of Jim. I really liked Jim when I was around him and Jeannie. He was always fun and had a great sense of humor. He liked to tease and was a joy to be around. Sending thoughts and prayers to the family at this very hard time.
Thanks so much, Linda! I have fond memories with you and Dave and your family in Murray. Treasured memories!
Dearest father, words can't express how my heart aches for more time with you! Please know from the deepest core of my heart and soul I am so very grateful and thankful for all your wisdom and strength, for the tough love and the hugs and for the hard work you put into our family! I know we had some rough moments and that I was not the easiest son! I know that there were times I let you down and for all of it I am so deeply and truly sorry! But after all said and done, the bitter and the sweet, in the end you never gave up on me, you never gave up hope and I will never ever forget that! I am honored to be your son and I love you so very much and I am dearly and truly going to miss you! I know you are at peace now and don't have to suffer anymore and you are in a much better place than here and for that as well, I am so very grateful! Please watch over us and guide your family as you
always have! I miss you dad!