Andy Kihene Armijo, 72, passed away on September 17, 2021. He was born May 30, 1949, in McNary, Arizona, the son of Juan and Teddy (Estrada) Armijo.
He loved building his life in northeast Arizona and in 1975, he began working at the papermill in Snowflake, Arizona where he spent 37 years before retiring. While there, he was a DI Operator, was especially proud to be part of their emergency response team and made many lifelong friends.
His sons Matt Armijo and Ty Armijo were his pride and joy and he loved to watch them play sports in school and he taught them how to work hard. Both boys attribute their hardworking success to their dad. As his boys married, Matt to Diana and Ty to Lisa, he enjoyed spending time with their families. He always had advice to give and a story to tell.
Andy and his wife of 33 years, Barbara Armijo spent a lot of cherished time gardening at their home, taking forest rides in the Jeep and taking care of each other through the years. Barbara brought two (2) daughters of her own, Tammy and Heather Valentine, to the family and Andy became a bonus dad to them too.
Through Matt and Diana, Ty and Lisa, Tammy, and Heather, he had 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was a brother to Beatrice (Armijo) Graham, Bobby Armijo, Gloria (Armijo) Vasquez, and George Armijo. Andy was a beloved brother-in-law, nephew, uncle, cousin, and friend to many more who will miss his big laugh, beautiful smiles, heart felt hugs, practical jokes, and long-drawn-out stories.
He was a huge advocate of his 2nd amendment, loved Donald Trump and Tom Brady, and created beautiful projects from his shop.
The family wishes to say thank you to all who have sent love, kind words, pictures, and prayers. Your love and support are greatly appreciated.
Details to say our goodbyes are as follows:
(Walk through only/masks required)
Silver Creek Mortuary
745 Papermill Road
Taylor, Arizona 85939
Friday, September 24th from 4pm – 6pm
Celebration of Life:
Fool Hollow Lake – Bluebird Pavilion
Show Low, Arizona
Saturday, September 25th – 12pm
Show Low Cemetery
240 E. Adams
Show Low, Arizona 85901
Wednesday, September 29th – 11am
Flowers can be sent to Silver Creek Mortuary in Andy’s name.
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