Jim was born on Jan. 18, 1955, in Marysville, California, to Jim and Mary Armstrong. He spent his young childhood in Live Oak then moving to Colusa just before Junior High. Jim was an amazing athlete who loved football, basketball, tennis and baseball in high school which continued into his adult years with his love for dirt bikes, softball, bowling, fishing, and Nascar races. He was also was known as a fantastic barefoot and competition water-skier.
Jim worked in agriculture his entire life. He had a passion for the industry and worked with many different companies, Caterpillar, John Deere, and Case, but he finished his career working with specialty implements for vineyards and wineries. Throughout his work career he built wonderful friendships that were treasured and lifelong.
The Williams Fire Department has been Jim’s other home and love since 1997. He retired in 2007, but after watching the Granzellas fire he decided to exchange his gold badge for his pager and was once again back in his turnouts. He was awarded Sr. Firefighter of the year in 2005 for his dedication and availability to help with any project.
Along with the Fire Department, Jim served on the board of the Sacramento Valley Museum, coached Little League, volunteered with Citizens for a Better Williams, and Homes for Our Troops, and he loved working the chain gang at the Williams High School football games. Jim loved to cook and had a definite love affair with his lawn.
Jim is survived by the love of his life of 34 years, Andi, his children; Chris, Bill (Jeannie), Sara (Eric), and Asa, his mother Mary (Joe), and brother Ken (Diana). He is also survived by his adored grandchildren; Nathan, Raegan, Breelyn, Ryker, and Mason. He was preceded in the death by his father Jim Armstrong Sr.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Williams Fire Department, April 29, at 10:30 AM.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to UCSF ALS Clinic, Team Gleason, Sacramento Valley Museum or the Williams Fire Department.
His family thanks you all for the continued love and support.■
PUBLISHED 04/14/2022 • COLUSA COUNTY PIONEER REVIEW #2022-0473