Mike  Armitage
At 5:09 a.m. March 19, 2020, at the age of 67, Mike Armitage ran into the arms of his Lord and Savior.
Michael Lee Armitage was born to the proud parents of Lee and Wilma Armitage on August 20, 1952, in Shawnee Oklahoma. He grew up in a rural, hard working environment while attending White Rock Elementary School. Mike found a love for agriculture, academics, and sports. He would accredit his love for agriculture to his great aunt Nan when they partnered on their first cow.
Mike worked on the family farm through high school while attending Meeker High. He competed at the state level in track and basketball. Even though he played sports, he still maintained his involvement through his local Ag chapter. He attended Oklahoma State University where he got a degree in Agriculture Economics. He was a proud member of both Block and Bridle and Dr. Bob Kropp's Livestock judging team.
Upon graduation he went to work for McGuirk Herefords in Claremore, OK. serving as ranch manager. This became the place where Mike cultivated his skills in the livestock industry, which included his service through livestock publication, purebred associations, the auction industry, and his favorite, livestock marketing. As Mike would put it, he married his better half, "Martha Lou" Nunnallee Armitage on January 12th 1985. During their 35-year partnership they were able to, in time, purchase the McGuirk Ranch and grow their legacy into a cattle, equine, and marketing business. All of these combined with their faith and friendships, God blessed them with the commercial cow-calf business, A Bar Ranch.
While Mike had a strong love for the livestock industry it did not compare to the love and service he had for the Lord. He was an active member of the Cowboy Gatherin' Church of Inola, OK. When Mike was diagnosed with cancer, he decided early on he was going to use this as an opportunity to be a testament to others while letting his light shine. Even in Mike's darkest hours he was able to recount his life's blessing through his family, friends and legacy.
Mike Armitage was proceeded in death by his parents Lee and Wilma Armitage, mother and father-in-law, Calvin and Juanita Nunnallee. He is survived by his wife, Martha of the home. Three sons; Merrit and wife Michelle, Turner and wife Sarah all of Claremore, OK, Kevin and wife Tana of Linn, TX. Brothers; Mark and wife Lisa of Meeker, OK, Mitchell and wife LiAnn of Jacktown, OK. Grandchildren; Myles and Maysa Armitage of Claremore and Cole Armitage of Norman, OK and numerous aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Those who wish to honor Mike's legacy with a memorial gift may do so with donations to be made to the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation, Mike Armitage Memorial Internship, 2500 Exchange Avenue, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73108.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
Published on March 20, 2020


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Billy & Janie Bridges
Mar 27, 2020
We were so sadden to hear about Mike. We know what a hard time this is for you, but also know that having such family support will always help with healing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
Everett & Judi Penner
Mar 24, 2020
We r so sorry for ur loss. U r in our prayers .
Wanda Inman
Mar 24, 2020
Martha I remember your precious mom and the talent your children have. I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family
Mary Ann Linton
Mar 23, 2020
My heart aches for this family. We attended church a long time ago with the Armitages. Grew to love them dearly. Mike was such a very good man and always smiled, along with Martha they were a Beautiful couple. We loved the whole family and still do. God Bless You Martha, I love you and know this is a very rough time for you & the boy's & rest of the family.
Rusty Tuggle
Mar 21, 2020
I met Mike yrs ago and he always had a smile on his face no matter and dad bought hay and a few cows from him and my sympathy goes out to the family.
Brenda Clark (Sarah’s aunt)
Mar 21, 2020
My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. Losing someone you love is a hard thing. Ps. 116:15. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.
Kathy Parker
Mar 20, 2020
The consummate cattleman. Mike was gracious and humble. I always admired him for building a ranch from square one. He'd do to ride the river with.
Ken holloway
Mar 20, 2020
The Good Lord took a great man who was a superb caretaker of land and livestock to his heavenly home. Mike will be missed by all who knew him and enjoyed his warm friendship.