OCA is Saddened by the Passing of President-Elect, Mike Armitage


Oklahoma Farm Report 

Fri, 20 Mar 2020


The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) is saddened to hear of the passing of a well-known cattleman and industry leader, Mike Armitage of Claremore, OK. At the time of Mike’s passing, he served as the President-Elect of the OCA.


In past years, he served the OCA as the Northeast District Vice President, as Chair of the Beef Business Committee and is a past recipient of the Cattleman of the Year award.


“Mike was always on the go, but he understood the value of taking time to be involved in organizations like the OCA and was a true Champion for the beef industry and our Association,” said Mike Weeks, OCA President. “A continuous smile was his trademark, when he spoke his works were tactful and heartfelt and he sincerely believed in the youth in Agriculture. As a result, he hosted the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation summer interns at his ranch.”


Mike Armitage and his family helped create the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation Internship program and have hosted students at the A Bar Ranch for the last five summers where those students have had the opportunity to learn from hands-on ranch work.

Mike passed away on March 19, 2020, at the age of 67. 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 stilled 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...