Dan  Armstrong

Dan Armstrong

Tuesday, January 27th, 1948 - Monday, February 11th, 2019
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Dan described himself as “a not so great, but so very grateful, follower of Jesus”. On Monday February 11, 2019 at age 71, after a battle with cancer, he followed Jesus to “the place prepared for him”...his home in heaven. Dan was born January 27, 1948 in Spokane, Washington to parents Ivan Daniel and Donna Wilma (Young) Armstrong.

Dan is survived by his sweetheart of 50 years, Janice; their daughter Lisa Sosa of Hood River, Oregon and grandchildren Samuel, Manuel, Hannah, Isaac, and Jacob; their son Daniel Armstrong of Bingen, Washington and grandchildren Arrow, Jovie, and Finley; sisters Lani Bidgood of Surprise, Arizona and Sherri Barron of Klamath Falls, Oregon; step brother Murray Miller of Astoria, Oregon; and step father Dr. Rod Miller of Astoria, Oregon.

Dan and Jan met at Northwest Christian College in Eugene, OR which the U of O students dubbed “Jesus Tech”. Jan earned her PhT degree (put husband through) working to put Dan through his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees. Ordained in 1974 by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Dan began serving as the pastor of Mayfair Christian Church in Stockton, California at the young age of 25. He then entered active duty as a Protestant Chaplain for the United States Air Force in 1977.

Over the next 22 years Dan, Jan, Lisa and Daniel served God, country, and the amazing men and women of the United States Air Force. He was stationed in Grand Forks, North Dakota; Tokyo, Japan; Thule, Greenland (very near the North Pole... 6 months of daylight, 6 months of darkness!); Washington DC; Spokane, Washington; San Bernardino, California; and St. Louis, Missouri. Over these years Jan earned her Master’s degree as a Reading Specialist and worked teaching in public and private schools.

In 1999 Dan retired from the Air Force with the rank of Colonel. Dan and Jan moved to Hood River, OR where he served as pastor of Hood River Valley Christian Church for 5 years. Retiring from full time ministry in 2005, Dan served 6 years as interim pastor for churches in Silverton, Ione, Springfield, La Grande and Pendleton. Dan and Jan dearly loved traveling military space available flights (also known as “Anxiety Airlines”) to Hawaii, Alaska, England, Spain, Germany, and France. They also spent 17 wonderful years traveling in their truck and fifth wheel visiting nearly every state and national park on the west coast.

Their grandchildren called them “Fire Grandpa and Grandma” because of their love for campfires and s’mores. Dan wanted you to know he reached level 1251 in Candy Crush Saga and challenges you to “beat that”! He also thoroughly enjoyed golf...his favorite club being the foot wedge. Above all else, Dan loved Christ and His church, remaining active after retirement in lay ministry as a Sunday school teacher, home Bible Study leader, and elder at Hood River Alliance Church.

A worship and memorial service will be held Saturday March 2, 2019 at 11am at Hood River Alliance Church (2650 Montello Ave. Hood River, OR 97031), with lunch and Snickers Bars to follow. All are welcome to attend. Private interment with full military honors will be held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, OR. In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations in memory of Dan Armstrong can be made to Hood River Alliance Church, C/O Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031. Visit to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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    Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 11:00am
    Hood River Alliance Church (CMA)
    2650 Montello Avenue
    HOOD RIVER, OR 97031
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  • Interment

    Willamette National Cemetery
    11800 SE Mt. Scott Boulevard
    PORTLAND, OR 97086-6937
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    Private interment with military honors will be held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.


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Sherri King-Barron

Posted at 08:45pm
Memories remind us that nothing lasts forever. Time is precious and should not be wasted. Enjoy life and remember, don't count the days, make the days count. My brother did just that, with kindness and dignity. No one had a bigger smile or greater sense of humor than Dan! His laughter lit up any environment and could be heard down hallways, streets, and the heavens above!

Carl Stone

Posted at 11:01am
Dear Jan and family,
My deepest sympathies are extended to you in the passing of Dan. How grateful I am that God blessed you with all those years together and that they were so full of love, life, and adventure. Dan was my friend, brother, colleague, mentor, teacher, tennis opponent, co-laugher, co-dreamer, co-actor (I still have our "Captain Whizbang" tape we made for the highschoolers), and co-follower of Jesus. I admired him, was inspired by him, and often sought to aspire to the high level of commitment to our Lord and ministry that he exampled before me in our years together. His humility and humanity were so refreshingly encouraging.
While I mourn his loss, I'm grateful his suffering has passed and that his celebration in Christ has reached a sustained crescendo for all eternity. My prayers are lifted for you and your children, and for all who will mourn his passing. My heart smiles for him even while my eyes hold back the tears. God bless you.

Marsha Hughes

Posted at 10:09am
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The Budworth Family

Posted at 04:03pm
Jan and family, so sorry to hear of Dan passing away. He will be sorely missed by all. Sincere sympathy, Velma
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Carol Sabins

Posted at 07:20pm
Dear Jan,

I believe we met at the church thrift- shop several weeks ago. I so wish that I had enquired further as to your last name. You told me that your husband was a retired pastor from HRVCC. I had so much on my mind that I let you slip away without getting your last name. For some reason it occurred to me, after you left, that perhaps your husband was Dan Armstrong. I checked in an old phone directory from church and found your name, Janice. I feel that I know you both since we have all been praying so hard for you and for your family. I grieve with you at the loss of Dan. I had intended to attend Dan’s service, but I’ll be out of town at that time.

I have heard only good things about your ministry at HRVCC. I know that God worked through you and Dan to uplift the congregation and spread His Love among the people.

Blessings on you and your family,

Carol Sabins

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