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Dan Armstrong

August 7, 1955 — March 24, 2020

Dan Vernon Armstrong passed away at his home on Bainbridge Island early on March 24, 2020. He was holding hands with his sister, Deb, and his brother, Vince, as he slipped quietly from this world, his faithful dog, Finn, guarding by his bedside. A deadly battle with metastatic melanoma took him too soon, at only 64 years old.

He was born at Camp Pendleton, California on August 7, 1955, the son of Vernon and Anita (Hansen) Armstrong. Vernon was a 1st Marine Division survivor of Guadalcanal and the Korean War and strived to teach his five children to work hard at anything they took on, and always with a sense of honor and pride.

Dan spent his early years on Okinawa, exploring the hills and caves around his home with his brother, and a few times running across unexploded ordnance from World War II. Upon returning stateside, his family moved into a family home once built by his great grandfather, at Fletcher Bay on Bainbridge Island. He became a high school quarterback star on Bainbridge, followed by taking Olympic College to the state championship. He then entered the Marine Corps, where he qualified for Officers Candidate School.

He returned to Bainbridge to work for Wycoff until their closure, and then had a landscaping and home repair business for many years. He was once praised by Ed Hume for his creativity and abilities.

Dan is survived by his sisters Laurel Parker, Deborah Sweitzer, Brenda Meyer, and his brother and next-door neighbor for 35 years, Vincent Armstrong. We will forever miss your strong presence, Dan.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Cook Family Funeral Home of Bainbridge Island, WA.

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