Bruce Layne Armstrong, 51, of Ashton, Idaho, passed away in a snowmobile accident on Saturday evening, Jan. 19, 2013, just outside of his home in Ashton, while returning from a snowmobile ride in the Green Timber area.
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Layne was born May 17, 1961, in Driggs, Idaho, to Orville and Delpha Armstrong. He attended schools in Tetonia and American Falls and in 1979, graduated from Teton High School in Driggs, Idaho.
He married Lori Ann Phillips, who he met at Teton High School, on July 18, 1980. They later settled in Ashton where Layne worked for Fall River Electric Cooperative.
They had three children, Heidi Joanna, Britney Sarah, and Andrew James. They later divorced in November 1999.
Layne married Lorelei Hill of St. Anthony on Aug. 3, 2001, welcoming her children, Roni Lyn Young and Jase Brian Young, of St. Anthony. They continued to live in Ashton where he worked for Fall River Electric for almost 32 years. He spent many years as a volunteer in the Ashton Fire Department and as a member of the Targhee Ridge Runners. He was an avid supporter of all of his kids' activities and sports; coaching, helping, and cheering them on whenever possible.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and a mason in the Ashton Masonic Lodge 73.
He loved being active with his family and friends, golfing, camping, dancing, snowmobiling, and spending time outdoors. His favorite pastime was spending time with his family, particularly his four grandchildren, Hailee JoAnna, Carter Curt, Taylor Lexis, and Tristian Macoy.
Voted the "Class Clown" in high school, he always strived to make people laugh. He was known and loved for his humor and his kind heart. He was proud of his country, his community, and his job, but most of all he was proud to be a husband, father, and grandfather. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Lorelei, of Ashton; children, Britney (Curt) Stegelmeier of Greentimber, and Andrew James Armstrong of Ashton; step-children, Roni Lyn (Tad) Young-Chaffin of Idaho Falls, and Jase Brian Young of Ashton; grandchildren, Hailee, Carter, Tristian and Taylor; father, Orville Armstrong of Tetonia; siblings, Penny (Lyn) Schiess of Victor, Wally (Gina) Armstrong of Idaho Falls, Kelly (Shelli Johnson) Armstrong of Tetonia, Vern (Terri) Armstrong of Tetonia and Kitrina (Travis) Wagoner of Surrey, N.D. He was preceded in death by his mother, Delpha, a daughter, Heidi, and grandparents, Dick and Vera Beard and Vernon and Ruth Armstrong.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Ashton LDS Stake Center, 516 North Second Street, with Bishop Craig Hammond officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. both times at the stake center. Interment will be in the Pineview Cemetery under the direction of Baxter Funeral Home.
Published in Rexburg Standard Journal on Jan. 22, 2013