Robert Guy Armor was born July 2, 1940, to George Franklin Armor and Marion Elizabeth Armor in Canton, Okla. He was born in the family farm house, next to an Arapahoe and Cheyenne Indian reservation.
Mr. Armor attended Canton Elementary. In Blackwell, Okla., he attended Huston School, Lovett Jr. High and, in 1958, graduated from Blackwell High School in Oklahoma City.
Mr. Armor received his bachelor’s degree, with a major in social sciences and a minor in education, from Northwestern State College in Alva, Okla., in 1962. He obtained his master’s degree in education and counseling at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in 1966. Mr. Armor later participated in additional graduate study at California State University, Fresno, California State University, Long Beach, Whittier College, Chapman College and California State University, San Diego.
In 1964, Mr. Armor taught one of the first educationally handicapped classes in California. He also served as the Southeast Los Angeles district administrator of special education. Between 1967 and 1969, he was vice president and president of the Visalia Unified Teachers Association. He received numerous honors throughout his career for his contribution to the education of our children and the community. Mr. Armor was a licensed marriage, family and child counselor and the owner of Armor Counseling Service in Huntington Beach in the early 1970s.
Mr. Armor retired from the Los Angeles County Office of Education in 2001 as coordinator in charge of ROP programs in several Los Angeles high school districts.
Mr. Armor’s community activities included the Jaycees, Toastmasters and the chamber of commerce. He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, the Association of California School Administrators, the National Education Association, the Council of Exceptional Children and was, most recently, a volunteer instructor and assistant state coordinator of AARP’s Senior Driver Education Program in Nevada County.
Mr. Armor loved the ourdoors – backpacking, hiking and skiing. He was an avid bridge player and met his wife, Terry, during a “friendly” game of darts. Mr. Armor married Terry in 1975. They lived in Orange County prior to their retirement. In 2001, they moved to Nevada City.
He brought the world closer to home with his passion for travel and as a ham radio operator (KF6KR). He and his wife fulfilled many of their dreams, traveling the continents and cruising the seas.
Mr. Armor is survived by his wife, Terry; children Cynthia of Fremont, Darren of Richmond and Stephanie of Oak Harbor, Wash.; grandchildren Jackson and Lindsay Armor of Richmond and Jacob, Elijah and Samantha Jo Olson of Oak Harbor; brother, George William Armor of Laverne, Okla.; sister, Betty Tripp of Redmond, Wash.; and numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his father, George Fanklin Armor, in 1992; and mother, Marion Elizabeth Armor, in 1997.
A long-distance celebration acknowledging Mr. Armor’s love and optimism for life will be enjoyed by many. He was always grateful for the simple things evident in the environment and surroundings and most recently, for the guidance and love shared by family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Mr. Armor’s life can be sent to the Sierra Nevada Hospital Foundation – Cancer Center, Hospice of the Foothills or AnimalSave.
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