George E. Armstrong, Ph.D. 8/3/1942 ~ 7/26/2011Comment on this story
George Ernest Armstrong, beloved husband, father, grandfather,brother, and friend, passed away on July 26, 2011 at his home in Salt Lake City at age 68. George was born in Salt Lake City on August 3, 1942, where he lived all of his life - in the Parleys, Sandy, and Cottonwood Heights areas. He is the son of John E. (Jack) Armstrong and S. Louise Gillespie Armstrong, with whom he has now been reunited. George's family have resided in the Salt Lake Valley since handcart pioneers in all his parent's ancestral lines arrived shortly after Brigham Young, one of the first being George's great-great grandparent's family who arrived with the ill-fated 1856 Martin Handcart Company (the mother died in the blizzards at Martin's Cove). George was very proud of his Scottish, English and Irish heritage. George graduated from Highland High School in 1961 near the top of his class, and then from the University of Utah with an honors Bachelors Degree in 1968, where he was active in many student activities and where he met his wife and eternal companion, Pam. Among other things, George served as chapter and then inter-chapter president of Sigma Gamma Chi fraternity, officer of the LDS Student Association, member of the U. Council on Student Affairs, Chairman of the annual Ute charity drive, and a leader in student government. He was selected for many honorary and professional organizations including Skull & Bones and Owl & Key Honor Societies at the "U." George earned all of his three university degrees with high honors. From 1962-1964, George served a two 1/2 year LDS mission in North Germany (Hamburg) where he was instrumental in helping bring 24 souls into the Church. After returning home, he married his "eternal sweetheart," Pamela Bellamy Armstrong, March 14, 1968, in the Salt Lake Temple. After graduating from "the U," George and Pam moved to the Midwest and attended the U. of Wisconsin, earned a Masters Degree (M.A.) in psychology from the University of Illinois in 1970, and then returned to the U. of U. to earn a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) in 1974. He taught and carried out research at Wisconsin, Illinois, and Utah, briefly attended the U. of U. College of Law, and earned post-doctoral certification from the U. of Southern California. His career included service with the Utah Board of Higher Education, Asst. Director of a SLC Housing Agency, Director of Human Services with the Wasatch Front Regional Council, Administrator with the Utah Division of Aging, and 28 years of service at the LDS Church Office Building, working primarily in the Office of the Presiding Bishopric and Missionary Department. He retired in 2005. During his career, George researched and was responsible for hundreds of professional reports and papers, and the majority were published mostly proprietarily through his employment, educational and professional work. In conjunction with his service, George was privileged to meet all LDS Church presidents from David O. McKay to the present Prophet, as well as dozens of other leaders in many capacities. George was a life-long faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which he loved and served in many callings at the ward, stake, mission, and general Church committee levels. He loved his Church experiences and service. He was very proud of the family into which he was born and his extended married families. He loved many opportunities to travel throughout the world. George greatly enjoyed learning and experiencing new things. His life-long passion was for loving and dedicated service and the pursuit of understanding truth wherever and however it was to be obtained. He expected honesty and integrity in others and personified it in himself. He strongly believed in the sanctity of individual liberties as guaranteed in the US Constitution, and in freedom of thinking, inquiry, choice, and advocacy. He firmly believed that understanding truth could be acquired through many means, including empiricism and the scientific method as well as personal spiritual revelation. George was bright and loved learning, particularly history, science, religion, and cultures. He was very proud of his wife and all of his children and their families, whom he loved to talk about and considered extraordinarily kind and honorable individuals. George is survived by his wife, Pamela Bellamy Armstrong; five children and 13 grandchildren - Gregory M. (Kris) Armstrong and Lance, Alec, Brooke, and Kiera; Stephen G. (Amanda) Armstrong and Abbie, Bradee and Maggie; Michael J. (Kimberly) Armstrong and Madeline, Adam and Jack; Amy J. Armstrong Santos (Zé) and Sarah, Vitria and Rachel; and Jeffrey D. Armstrong, his 'special' angelic son who currently resides at the West Jordan Care Center since contracting meningitis as a toddler. All of his children live in the Salt Lake Valley. George is also survived by his only sibling, Donald B. (Lorraine) Armstrong, who resides in Sandy. George greatly loved and admired his "little brother." George was preceded in death by his parents and a stillborn sister. Funeral services will be held Saturday July 30th at the Cottonwood Heights 5th Ward, 7075 South 2245 East, SLC. Viewing from 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. at the meetinghouse prior to the 1:00 p.m. funeral service. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 South Highland Drive SLC. Condolences may be made to www.wasatchlawn.com Auf Wiedersehen! May God be with you 'till we meet again!