The Curry Coastal Pilot

Dec. 31, 2012, the last day of the year, was the final day of life for a very wonderful man, husband and father. On this day, Armand William Castillo passed away in Brookings at the age of 83.

Armand was born June 25, 1929, in East Los Angeles, Calif., one of five children born to Joseph and Frances Castillo. As a child Armand grew up in Anaheim, Calif. Wanting to serve his country, at the age of 17, Armand had his mother sign permission for him to enlist in the U.S. Army. Armand was a member of the Army Constabulary Corp. and was stationed in Germany at the end of World War II.

At the end of his enlistment, Armand returned to Anaheim where he met and married Aileen Appman. They had two children, a daughter Cherie (Castillo) Ballesteros and a son Garry Castillo.

Armand worked as machinist for the Chicksan FMC Corp. in Brea, Calif. In 1972 Armand moved his family to Paradise, Calif.

Armand had always aspired to be a police officer and in 1974 that dream was fulfIlled when he was hired as a police officer with the Chico State University Police Department.

Armand was the oldest in his police academy class, but gave them all a run for their money and was presented the "True Grit" award upon his graduation. Armand was eventually promoted to detective and remained there until his retirement in 1989.

In 1985, California Gov. George Deukmejian appointed Armand to a state board position in the Department of Consumer Affairs. He held this position until 1990.

Armand and Aileen moved to Gold Hill and eventually ended up in Brookings. In 1998, Aileen passed away.

Armand met Jacque Pence and in July of 2000, they were married. Armand and and Jacque were best friends who loved, laughed and had a great passion for life. They enjoyed so many things together and loved living in Brookings. Armand was a member of the Elks Lodge 1934 in Brookings.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Frances, his brother Joel Castillo and sister Stella Sandoval.

Armand is survived by his wife Jacque; daughter Cherie Ballesteros; son Garry Castillo (Joannie); son-in-law Kevin Pence; his sisters Armida Collins (Neal), Gloria Solis (Alfonso); grandchildren Justin Castillo, Alissa Mcintire (Adam), Nicole Garcia, Gloria Durden, Yolanda Delgado, Esperanza Ballesteros and many nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service for Armand will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Elks Lodge, 800 Elk Drive, Brookings.

Submitted by the family.