Michael Dane Armstrong
Michael Armstrong, 47, of Pacifica, passed away peacefully in his sleep from a prolonged illness on Thursday, May 22 at his residential care home in San Jose, Calif.
Michael moved to Bishop as a child with his family in 1975 and attended schools in Bishop and was a graduate of Bishop High School. Michael was on Bishopâ€™s swim team and was an avid skier on the Bishop High School ski team. He choose his profession as a chef and was a wonderful and gifted cook.
Michael was preceded in death by his Father Jerry Armstrong and Grandmother Irene Baxter both of Bishop, Ca.
Michael is survived by his mother, Peggy Armstrong of Bishop; brother, Mark Armstrong of Bishop; sons, Jerry Michael and Gavin Armstrong of Pacifica, sons of Jessica Armstrong; daughters, Devyn, Savanah and Cheyenne; beloved aunt and uncle, Wally and Stacey Gordon of Montara, Calif.; niece, Sage Armstrong; cousins, Teri and Tim Mcquire and Steven Schulz of Idaho.
Private memorial service will be held at a later date.
In Memory of Michael Armstrong
A special Father, Son and Brother
Life is like a journey on a train â€¦ with its stations â€¦ with changes of routes â€¦ and with accidents! At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel on our side. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone.
As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant, i.e. our siblings, friends, children and even the love of our life. Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we donâ€™t realize that they vacated their seats! This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes and farewells. Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers â€¦ requiring that we give the best of ourselves.
The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down. So, we must live in the best way â€“ love, forgive and offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty â€“ we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.
Michaelâ€™s family is so grateful that he was one of the passengers on our train and for all the wonderful memories he left behind.