Arvil Armitstead, 94, passed away on Friday, February 10th 2023 due to causes incident to age. He was born at home in Bingham Canyon, Utah, to Elvin Coupe and Sarah Conder Armitstead on May 22, 1928. He was born of pioneer heritage and was the second of six children. He graduated from Bingham High School and attended the Utah Agricultural College (now Utah State University) studying forestry and carpentry.\n\nHe was called on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the North West United States Mission, but was drafted into the United States Army before he could leave Salt Lake City for the mission field.\n\nArvil did his military training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and returned to Salt Lake City on furlough in early 1951 before being shipped out to Germany with the 4th Infantry Division. While in Salt Lake he married his sweetheart, Darlene Nesbitt, on April 3, 1951, in the Salt Lake Temple.\n\nAfter his military service Arvil and Darlene made their first home in Sandy, Utah. They later moved their family to South Jordan, Utah, where they spent the rest of their lives. He loved working with his hands and did a lot of additions, finish work and remodeling on both of his homes. He also loved gardening and had very successful gardens at both of his homes and had several fruit trees in back of his South Jordan home.\n\nArvil worked more than 40 years on the railroad for Kennecott Copper Company earning his way up through the seniority from track crew to brakeman to engineer to dispatcher.\n\nHe was a life-long member of The Church and held many different callings including Stake Seventy (now called a Stake Missionary) and was an ordinance worker in the Jordan River Temple with Darlene.\n\nHe is survived by his children Brad and Debbie Armitstead; Colette and Jim Torgerson, Elvin and Mihoko Armitstead, John and Kaylynn Armitstead, Rosanne and Kenneth Harvey, and Lynae and Steve Park, 36 grandchildren and spouses and 23 great-grandchildren, his sisters Rea Griggs and Janice Eastman, sisters-in-law Colleen Nesbitt and Suzanne Nesbitt and her husband Tony Gunderson, and brother-in-law Russ Miller, along with many nieces and nephews and other extended family.\n\nHe was preceded in death by his parents, his sweetheart Darlene and her parents Roy and Helen Nesbitt, his brother Max, sisters Gay Downs and Austa Miller, sister-in-law Bonnie Nesbitt Gerleve, brothers-in-law Steve Downs, Jim Griggs, Ken Eastman, Louis Gerleve, Bill Nesbitt, and Reed Nesbitt, two grandchildren and five nieces and nephews.\n\nFuneral services will be held on Saturday, March 11th 2023 at 11 am at the Country Park 3rd Ward Chapel, 1988 West 11400 South, South Jordan, Utah. Interment will be in the Armitstead Family plot in the north-east corner of the American Fork Cemetery.\n\nViewing and visitation for friends and family will be on Friday, March 10th from 6 to 8 pm at the Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home, 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway (10400/10600 South), South Jordan, Utah, and at the church one hour before the services.