James Armpriest

James Armpriest

August 27, 1919 - March 26, 2014

James Armpriest passed away at home March 26. He was born to Carl and Connie Armpriest in Salem and is survived by his wife, Jane, of 65 years, and his children: Diane Armpriest, David Armpriest and Lynne A. Reinoso and her husband Adriano.

His first job was as a paperboy for the Capital Journal. He graduated from Salem High School in 1937. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and served in North Africa and Italy before returning to Oregon in 1945. He then joined the family business, Armpriest Sheet Metal, and married Jane MacLachlan in 1948. He retired in 1984. He was active in various professional and volunteer organizations, and served as a member of Salem Hospital Board.

He was happiest when he was with his family and friends. He was passionate about skiing and took his last ski trip at age 85. After retirement, he and his wife Jane had time to travel, and he volunteered for Mission Mill Museum and delivered Meals on Wheels. He also took a seasonal job with the Oregon Department of Agriculture where he loved driving the back-roads of Marion and Clackamas counties trapping invasive species.

A funeral Mass will be held at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Salem on Tuesday, April 1 at 11 am. Donations may be made to Oregon State Library Talking Books, or the Willamette Humane Society.

Published in StatesmanJournal from Mar. 30 to Apr. 1, 2014