Marc was born to parents Barclay Milton Armitage and Donna Lee (Farmer) Armitage, and they soon welcomed a brother, William Todd Armitage. The family made several moves during his youth and Marc learned to make friends easily. His middle school years were spent in Eugene, and he attended Sunset High School in Portland where was voted ‘Friendliest’ in his class.
Oregon State University was a natural choice for college where his father and grandfather both attended pharmacy school. Marc was a member of Delta Tau Delta and active in intramural sports. But it was during a production of IFC Sing for Mom’s weekend where he met his future wife, Ruth (Holzapfel). Marc was one of the last members to hang his paddle and the last member of the Delts to endure the ‘pinning’ ceremony when he gave Ruth his hard-earned fraternity pin.
He and Ruth were married one year after graduating, and soon started a family in Eugene, where he enjoyed weekends hunting and fishing. After a couple of years, three kids arrived to keep them busy: first Erin, then twins Tim & Amelia.
Marc’s passion for hunting soon outgrew his passion for fishing, and when the young family moved to Tualatin, he joined Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Oregon Hunters Association and Sylvan Archers the list of friends grew in proportion. Trips to Wyoming, Eastern Oregon, the coast range, and Alaska cemented lifelong friendships. He took his kids, their friends and their cousins scouting, fishing, camping and adventuring.
Marc’s other passion was cooking for friends. His legendary chili cook-off was an anticipated event, and after the kids left home, he still cooked for a crowd. He loved sharing with office-mates and neighbors, making sausage and a few other home-grown goodies. He and Ruth also enjoyed raising sheep and goats on a small farm near Oregon City for a few good years.
Marc is preceded in death by his mother, Donna (Farmer) Armitage. He is survived by his father, Barclay Milton Armitage; brother, William Armitage (Jeanette); wife, Ruth (Holzapfel); daughters, Erin and Amelia Armitage; son, Timothy Armitage (Elizabeth) and one year old grandson James Armitage as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
A funeral service is planned for 3 pm Friday, June 17 at Resurrection Catholic Parish in Tualatin. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Vincent Medical Center or the Women of Meridian Park Hospital.