Aug 06, 1929 - Jul 03, 2016
Jack N. Armstrong, D.V.M., 86, died July 3, 2016, in Carson City, Nevada.Dr. Armstrong worked with the Nevada State Department of Agriculture for 25 years, serving as State Veterinarian, Chief of the Division of Animal Industry and Supervisor of the Animal Disease Laboratory. He retired in 1996. Throughout his career with the state he worked closely with members of the farming and ranching industry in all parts of Nevada, considering that a highlight of his career.
A native of Emigrant, Montana, he was born August 6, 1929, to Elmer and Ann Armstrong at Chico Hot Springs, Park County, Montana. In Nevada, Dr. Armstrong lived in Sparks for 41 years, living his final four years in Carson City as a resident of the Carson Plaza retirement community.
Dr. Armstrong graduated from Park County High School in Livingston, Montana. He attended both Montana State University, Missoula, and the University of Montana, Bozeman, as an undergraduate. Dr. Armstrong graduated from Veterinary School at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, in 1960. He had a large animal veterinary practice based in Livingston, Montana, for many years before attending graduate school at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, where he also worked at the Animal Disease Laboratory. He was a U.S. Air Force and Korean War Veteran and a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity.
Dr. Armstrong held membership in the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, United States Animal Health Association, Nevada Cattlemen’s Association, Nevada Wool Growers Association and the Western States Livestock Association. He was the 1995 recipient of the Nevada Farm Bureau Silver Plow Award.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Shirley (Hasty) Armstrong; daughters Kay Scherer (and husband Scott) and Wendy Johnson; grandchildren Nick Serrano (and wife Hannah), Matt Scherer, Mason Johnson and Aubry Johnson; as well as great-grandchildren Landon Serrano, Elizabeth Serrano and Sophia Serrano.
A Celebration of Life gathering will be held in his honor at Glen Eagle’s in Carson City on Saturday, August 6, at 4:30 p.m. If you plan to attend the gathering, please provide an RSVP to the family through Walton’s Funeral Home at 775-882-4965.
Dr. Armstrong asked that his ashes be spread in his beloved rural Nevada and in the Yellowstone Valley in Montana.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nevada Youth Range Camp, payable to the Nevada Section of the Society for Range Management (or Nevada SRM) and sent to Nevada SRM, c/o Tim Rubald, President, 4591 Bigelow Drive, Carson City, Nevada 89701.