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Dennis L Armstrong
06/08/1936 — 03/02/2021
Dennis L Armstrong
Dennis sure loved to play ball! He played baseball and as an adult I recall many years of him
playing on teams with other men. He enjoyed fishing for a season in his life; he lived in the time
when steelhead fishing was running in abundance and he trolled the mighty Columbia for a
chance to enjoy a tasty fish dinner. After he served in the navy, he came back to WA and
received his degree in chemical engineering from WSU; he remained a diehard Cougars fan for
the rest of his days! Dad took his granddaughter, Jessica, with him to several games. After
retiring, dad and his wife Judy enjoyed seeing the world through several cruises and timeshare
vacations. Later, Judy suffered from Alzheimers. He lovingly cared for her in their home, where
she stayed until she took her last breath. Then, last summer, he discovered the cancer was
back. I came to care for him in the month of October…he fought the battle until Monday, March
2nd, when his body had nothing left. He passed from the pain and suffering into peace.
He had 2 children: Danny Armstrong (deceased) and Cathy Armstrong Jamison; 3
grandchildren, Jessica Fry (husband Justin); Justin Kious (wife Mallory), and Tara Kious Miller
(husband Andrew); and three beautiful great-grandchildren.
The Tri-City Cancer Center was incredibly kind and generous while he went there. In lieu of
flowers, please send donations in his honor to:
Thank you to Charmine at Hanford Home Health and to the loving, tender, competent care and
support team who cared for my dad and allowed him to be in his home until his last day on this
Dad’s request was to be cremated. In place of a memorial service, please share your thoughts
and memories about Dennis on the Einan’s webpage.
I worked for several years with Dennis as my supervisor in the Engineering group at Energy Northwest. He was an engineer’s engineer. He loved to get into intractable problems. We worked as a team to solve valve leakage issues on some valves that were not designed to achieve the required seal tightness. He was very proud of the test set up used to determine the cause. In the end, the problem was temporarily solved until better valves were procured.
When Dennis retired, he worked for ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) which sponsored meetings in the area to help young engineers get licensed and to become aware of ASME programs. I was privileged to tour with him at the Boardman coal power station, and learn how that station functions. Another time, he offered a slide presentation of some of his work in decommissioning the Hanford plutonium facility where he was a manager.
He always had a heart warming laugh and was a great guy to know. I know that he will be missed by his friends and those who benefited from his knowledge.
Some of my favorite memories are our Presidents’ Day Weekend ski trips to Mount Batchelor. Our group of four couples had so much fun for many years. Other special times for me were listening to you and Wayne try to out do each other remembering sports trivia. Go Cougs!