Lloyd John Armey of Sedro-Woolley, passed away November 23, 2020 at Peace Health Hospital at the age of 84. Lloyd was born April 29, 1936 in Cando, North Dakota, the son of William Lewis and Ester (Jay) Armey. He was the second of five children. In 1949, the family moved to Sedro-Woolley, where he was raised and attended school. He enlisted in the Marines in 1954 and was stationed in Korea until 1957. He excelled in the sport of boxing and lost only one match.
On December 13, 1959, he was united in marriage to Evelyn Morgan, the love of his life. They lived in Sedro-Woolley where they raised their four children: Sandy, Butch, Curt and Dennis. Lloyd and Evelyn were involved in all three boys’ sports activities from little league, baseball, football, and wrestling all throughout school.
Lloyd started his apprenticeship in Heavy Equipment Mechanics, where he worked for Berglund Motors/Vern Sims until 1959. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Local 302. He worked at several different companies, including Snelson Company until 1990. He then decided to start his own business at home “Armey Auto and Truck Repair” until his retirement in 2002.
Lloyd and Evelyn enjoyed playing BINGO, where they won a few big jackpots!, camping with friends and family and some traveling. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, where he achieved Master Mason.
Lloyd’s biggest passion was racing. Lloyd and his famous #37 race car were an iconic figure at Skagit Speedway for many years. He started driving in the early 1960’s; he also built several race cars for his friends. In 2004, Lloyd was inducted into the Hall of Fame. That was a proud moment for him. Lloyd liked to travel and race, he was a fixture for a few years on the CAMRA Tour throughout the Pacific Northwest. He traveled to California to race the Sacramento Mile in 1970. He also traveled to Knoxville, Iowa in 1996 to compete in the Master’s Classic, a race for drivers 50 and older. It was his first sprint car race since he retired from racing. Over the years, Lloyd was always involved with Skagit Speedway. He was the president multiple times for the Skagit Racing Association, helped with the tech committee and was the flagman. He was car owner and crew chief for his son, Dennis for many years. He mentored and influenced several young drivers throughout the years, including several grandsons. Lloyd was the guiding force behind several young drivers referred to as “Armey’s Army!” including Dennis, Jason Solwold and Shannon Wheatley.
After Evelyn passed away in 2004, Lloyd sold the family home, bought a motor home, and traveled the World of Outlaws until the last few years when it became difficult to travel. His good friend, Doyle and wife, Mary Guffie invited Lloyd to park his motor home at Rallye’s Auto Lot, where he has stayed for the last 16 years. He always said he had the best deal in town!
He was a gruff tough guy on the outside, but anyone who knew Lloyd knew he had a huge heart. He will be missed by many.
He is survived by his three sons, Dennis Armey, Jim “Butch” (Jacque) Johnson and Curt (Jackie) Johnson all of Sedro-Woolley; 10 grandchildren, Jimmie Walker, David Walker, Cheryl Mogul, Kim Van Esch, Justin Johnson, Alicia Colgan, Jill Moller, Wes Armey, Taryn Forst and Christopher Armey; 19 great-grandchildren and seven great great-grandchildren; sister, Sharon Anthony; sisters-in-law, Shirley Parker and Marianne Armey; aunt, Joyce (Armey) Johnson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Evelyn Armey; daughter, Sandra Williams; grandson, A.J. Armey; sisters, LaVonne Hodgin and Gladys Smith; brother, Lewis Armey; brothers-in-law, Wayne Parker and Ron Smith; nephew, Jerry Armey; and niece, Carol Anthony.
A Graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 11:00AM at the Union Cemetery with Military Honors. Due to Covid-19 there will not be a reception following the service. Please share your memories of Lloyd, and sign the online guest register.