James "Jim" Lawrence Armstrong, 85, of Thatcher, Arizona, said goodbye to his loving family and came face to face with God at 8:26 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.
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Jim was born in Ajo, Arizona, in 1928, to Johnny and Helen Armstrong. After graduating from Ajo High School in 1948, he obtained a bachelor's degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1955. He was a devout Wildcat.
Jim proudly served his country in the U.S. Army as an infantryman from 1950 to 1952 and was stationed in Okinawa during the Korean War.
Jim began his full time career with Phelps Dodge at the Morenci mine as an engineer in 1955. In 1964, he was promoted and transferred to the Tyrone, New Mexico, mine, as the master mechanic. In 1978, he was promoted and transferred back to the Morenci mine as the electrical and mechanical superintendent. In 1984, he was promoted and transferred to the Ajo mine as the plant manager. He retired there in 1994 after 43 years of loyal service to the company that he was committed to and truly loved. Jim married Carol McCormick, the most amazing woman and love of his life, in April 1956. Jim and Carol built their life together with the births of their six children; Janet, Richard, Diane, Alan, John and Helen.
Jim's greatest love was his family. He was always happy to tell anyone who would listen to him how proud he was of each of his children, their spouses, his grandchildren, their spouses, and his great-grandchildren. There was not one family member that questioned the enormous love he had for each of them. He was the master of teaching morals, values, work ethic, loyalty, discipline without anger and love. His children believe him to be the greatest father a child could ever have. This gentle man's passing has deeply hurt the hearts of his family, but he accomplished everything the Lord placed him here to accomplish. Not only his family but the world truly lost one amazing man.
Jim is preceded in death by his first born child Janet. He is survived by: Carol Armstrong, his beautiful wife of 58 years; his son Richard Armstrong, his wife Bobbi, their three children and one grandchild; his daughter Diane Brashear, her husband Eric, daughter and six grandchildren; his son Alan Armstrong, his wife Eileen, their three children and four grandchildren; John Armstrong, his wife Stacey and their two children; and, his daughter Helen.
Arrangements are under the direction of Caldwell Funeral Home. Online condolences may be extended at www.caldwellfuneralchapel.com.
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Aug. 26, 2014