Don Wellington Armstrong III, 77, of Knappa, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, in Knappa.

He was born Feb. 20, 1931, in Salida, Colo., to Don W. Armstrong II and Charlotte E. (Nachtrieb) Armstrong.

On May 20, 1949, he married Eleanor Britigan in Riverdale, N.D. She survives, residing in Knappa.

From 1949 to 1955, Mr. Armstrong worked on the Garrison Dam in North Dakota. He worked on the Oahe Dam in South Dakota from 1956 to 1958, and from 1958 to 1964, he was a strip miner in Salt Lake City. From 1965 to 1967, he worked on the California Aqueduct in the San Joaquin Valley. From 1966 to 1973, he helped build the San Francisco Bay Transit Tube, and in 1974, he started work on the Alaska Pipeline in Valdez, Alaska. He retired in 1992, and moved to Knappa from Newark, Calif.

He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge in South Dakota and the Operating Engineers Local No. 3.

Family members said he enjoyed restoring antique tractors.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Pam Jensen of San Jose, Calif., and Susan and Larry Allen of Stockton, Calif.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Don and Virginia Armstrong and William and Debra Armstrong, all of Fremont, Calif.; a brother, Richard Armstrong of Prescott, Ariz.; two sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Patricia and Jim Guindon of Post Falls, Idaho, and Sharon and Ray Richards of Rock Springs, Wyo.; a sister-in-law, Marlys Armstrong of Minot, N.D.; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, David Armstrong.

A private family service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lower Columbia Hospice, in care of Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary, 1165 Franklin Ave., Astoria, OR 97103.

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