PHOENIX, AZ, U.S.A.
SPC, TROOP A, 7TH SQDN,10TH CAV, 1 BCT, FORT HOOD, TX
10/02/2006, BAGHDAD, IRAQ
At just 4 years old, Raymond moved with his mother to Phoenix. As a little boy he was nicknamed Bear.
SPC Armijo stood taller than 6 feet with a brilliant smile. Raymond was the “gentle giant” of the family. SPC Armijo was a most congenial fellow, never spoke badly about anyone, and got along with everyone. He liked tasting new foods, listening to all kinds of music and singing along joyfully without hesitation.
Raymond wanted to, among other things, buy a truck, join the FBI, and become a SWAT team member. SPC Armijo was happily engaged and looked forward to marriage and to a bright future. True to the way Raymond’s lived his life was the tattoo on his forearm that read on one side: “The choices we make.” and on the other side, “are the people we become.”
Bear was loved by his family and friends. Everyone who came to know him thinks of the combination of his happy childlike playfulness and adult wisdom and strength. His smile, laughter, loud music, dancing and beautiful heart live on in the hearts and thoughts of his loved ones. SPC Armijo leaves behind his mother, Tina Armijo, sister Santana, brother Alfonso, nephew Victor, fiance Genavieve, father Raymond Armijo, grandmother Velia, great grandmother Frances Olivas.