Reginald “Reg” Lynde Armfield

09/01/1925 – 07/28/2018 – Age 92


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Reg Armfield

Reg died peacefully in his sleep from natural causes on July 28th, 2018.  He was born in Spokane, WA on September 1st, 1925 to William Walter and Rebekah Armfield who preceded him in death.  Reg attended grade school in Spokane and graduated from North Central High School in 1943.  He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II from February 1943 to February 1946 as a 2nd Lt Bombardier on B-29’s.

After the war he attended Whitworth College in Spokane followed by the University of Washington, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He was employed for 35 years by the Standard Oil Company of California, now known as Chevron.  Reg worked in Engineering for 15 years as a Project Engineer and Project Manager on the design and construction of oil refineries.  For the next 20 years, he was involved in Chevron’s Foreign Operations.  He served as President of Iran California Oil Company in London, overseeing Chevron’s interest in the Iranian consortium.  He then served as Manager of Foreign Operations in San Francisco, having responsibilities for Chevron’s interests in such joint ventures as ARAMCO (Saudi Arabia), the Iranian Consortium and CALTEX, operating in 60 foreign countries. Reg retired from Chevron in October 1986.

After his retirement, he returned to his home state, settling in the Seattle area (Redmond).  Retirement also meant more time at his beloved lake home on Priest Lake, ID.  His passion for Priest Lake started with fishing alongside his father and grandfather who had fished the lake since the late 1800’s.  Summers at the lake were filled with visits by family and friends from near and far.

Reg was raised a Master Mason in 1965 and received a 32nd Degree in the Scottish Rite in California.  He served on the Board of Trustees of Landmark on the Sound, Masonic Retirement Center in Des Moines, for four years and was dedicated to Landmark’s vision of providing a premier living community for seniors and its goal of serving as the cornerstone of a statewide network providing families with access to services and resources for their well-being.   In 1997, Reg became a Shriner in the Nile Shrine serving as Director of Public Relations, Sultan of the Oriental Band in 2002, Chairmen of the Board of Trustees of Nile Shrine Center and President of Eastside Shrine Club.  He was a member of the Order of Quetzalcoatl, Mukilteo Teocalli Number 111, and the Order of Knights, Eagles & Tigers.  He was a devout Christian and member of Bellevue Presbyterian Church.

Reg’s life was full of travel and learning.  He loved to see the world through his work and traveling with his family.  One of his favorite restaurants to visit was the House of Prime Rib in San Francisco, even to celebrate his 92nd birthday last September.  He enjoyed continuing his education through the Great Courses learning program and doing his daily puzzles as well as constantly reading.  Reg was loved and greatly admired and in turn he loved his family and friends fiercely.  He will be remembered for the true gentleman he was.

Reg is survived by his wife of 44 years, Henrietta, his five children (three from a former marriage): Mike Armfield of Los Altos, CA (Tavie), William Armfield of Wilton, CA (Martha), Karen Thompson of San Ramon, CA, Guy Armfield of Mill Creek, WA and Rebecca Armfield of Issaquah, WA and eight grandchildren: Benjamin Armfield (Kristin), Matthew Thompson (Lauren), Tricia Armfield, Amanda Thompson, Jessica Armfield, Brendan Armfield, James Armfield, Liam Armfield and his faithful dog, Broughton.  His sister, Constance Fisher and brother William Armfield, preceded him in death.

A Service of Thanksgiving for his Life will be held at Bellevue Presbyterian Church on Saturday, September 29th, 2018 at 1pm.

The family suggests memorial gifts be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children at



7 Responses to “Reginald “Reg” Lynde Armfield”

  • Bill Wrigglesworth says:

    I met Reg through his daughter Rebecca. I enjoyed chatting with him about his Army Air Corp service and his world travels. He was a fascinating man and a pleasure to visit with.
    Best wishes with great memories to Rebecca and the entire family. You all honor him by being great people yourselves.

  • Larry Bronner says:

    Reg was also an accomplished musician playing the musset in Niles Oriental Band well into May of this year. He had more than ten pieces of music he played from memory. Also he did a membership directory for two different groups. They were always top quality. I suspect he was doing a lot of things I did not know about. He was a very remarkable person.

  • Bruce and Rosemary Yocum says:

    Henrietta and family, we felt so honored to know Reg. He truly was a gentleman and a fine man in every way. We’ll miss his warm smile and wise words. Bless you and peace to you Henrietta and all of Reg’s family.

  • Simon Part says:

    Reg, was a true gentleman and such a great character. He was the first person I met in the USA aged 9 and he showed me, Idaho and Priest lake with his most amazing family for many happy holidays and good times, throughout my childhood and growing up.

    I am so glad I got to see him in Seattle and spend a family Christmas with the Armfield’s as well as host them in the UK, accompanied by great food and drinks. He made a huge impression on me and I will remember him fondly for a long time to come, and that laugh!

    Sending all my thoughts and love to Ette and his children, best wishes and Great everlasting memories.

  • Elizabeth Broker Edward Broker says:

    Our thoughts are with you Henrietta and your family at this time in your life. He will be missed and he will leave a hole in our hearts, that will be difficult to fill. Reg always had a smile and seemed generally happy to see you. Rest in peace and without your constant pain.

  • Zach Schmitt says:

    I was lucky enough to live next door to Reg and Henrietta at Priest Lake for the first 15 years of my life. I couldn’t have asked for a better neighbor and I am extreamly lucky to have been able to talk and learn from Reg. I specifically remember going on a trip into Coeur d’ Alene with Reg and going to look at a vintage World War II with him. I already loved planes but being able to walk around it with Reg and hear his stories was a memory that I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. I hope that one day my kids will be able to learn from and know a true gentleman like Reg the same way I was able to.

  • Robin Craven says:

    I’m praying for comfort for Henrietta and family. I will always remember playing with Reg and his dog together while taking care of their lovely home. It was an honor knowing him…God bless!

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