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ARMOUR , Don “He was the nicest man." Never has this phrase been more apt than to describe Don Armour. Don was the consummate gentleman, always had a smile on his face, was generous beyond measure, and made a positive impression on every single person he met. He did random acts of kindness before the phrase was invented. Donald Bruce Armour, 76, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away April 2, 2017 at Chandler Regional Hospital. Vy Armour, his wife of thirty-two years, was at his side. Don was born and raised on a cattle ranch in Collbran, Colorado. He was a true cowboy, ranching, wrangling, and had an early career as professional bull rider. He graduated from Plateau Valley High School in 1958 and was salutatorian of his senior class. Don attended Mesa State College while working at a farm implement dealership in Grand Junction. Beginning from an entry-level position of washing equipment, he became co-owner and continued in that business until 1990. Don then retired (for the first time), relocated to Phoenix, and began a career with America West Airlines. He was in the final class to be cross-trained on nearly all aspects of airline operations, including being a flight attendant. Don retired (again) but quickly developed his own business, Armour Sales. He was an independent sales representative for various large farm and turf equipment manufacturers. He traveled the western United States, calling on dealers, establishing relationships. He continued thriving in this business until the time of his death. For the past six years he partnered with his son David. Watching David continue to service and grow the business he started was one of his greatest satisfactions. Don’s favorite business, however, was spending time with his wife Vy and their extended, blended family. Five children, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren afforded many opportunities for celebrations and milestones. Whether in Colorado, Arizona, Illinois, or Michigan, Don and Vy traveled to be with family to share their lives throughout the years. Don and Vy lived in the Ahwatukee Foothills (Phoenix) community since 1991, active in golf, community, church, and volunteer activities, forging family-like friendships at every turn. In the early nineties Don and Vy owned and operated Pages Book Co at 40th and Chandler Blvd where they developed friendships they have kept to this day. Don was a member of the Foothills Golf Club, attended Desert Foothills United Methodist Church and was an active volunteer for YOPAS, driving seniors to their various appointments. Since 1996, Don and Vy spent summers in Mund’s Park, Arizona, escaping the heat, opening their home to visitors, and thriving in yet another loving community. For Don, Mund’s Park was a little piece of Colorado and was his favorite place to be. Don leaves behind his wife Vy; son Jeff (Trish) of Phoenix; son Dave (Kristy) of Grand Junction, Colorado; daughter Le Anna (Robert) of Chandler, Daughter-in-law Brenda Armour of Flagstaff; Vy’s son Tim (Bette Anne) of Northfield, Illinois; Vy’s daughter Roberta (Pete) of Hillsdale Michigan;grandchildren Brett (Rachel), Jordan (Chris), Courtney (Alejandro), Jesse, Kevin, Emma, and Maribelle; great-grandchildren Ben, Rylan, Logan, and Wyatt. There will be a Celebration of Life Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 11 a.m., Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St., Phoenix, Arizona, 85044. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Don Armour Memorial fund through any Chase Bank in person or by using Quick Pay from any bank through email at Donarmourmemorial@gmail.com The family will distribute the donations to the charities and causes Don was passionate about.
Published on  August 2, 2017
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