Fred Montgomery

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FRED MONTGOMERY A memorial service for Frederick Springer Montgomery will be held at Bidwell Presbyterian Church on Friday April 26, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. A lifelong resident of Durham, Fred died of natural causes on April 11, 2013. He was born in Chico April 22, 1919 to Frederick Duprat and Mattie Irena (Springer) Montgomery and grew up in Durham on his family's almond ranch. He attended Durham schools, graduating from high school in 1937, after which he attended the University of California, Berkeley where he majored in Electrical Engineering and joined the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. In 1941, Fred was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve and served in the Signal Corps and Army Security Agency, released with the rank of captain. In 1943, Fred married Barbara Bammann of San Francisco, to whom he was married twenty-five years before she succumbed to cancer in 1968. He married Ann Behring Doryland in November 1969. Upon completing his military service, Fred returned to Durham to manage the family ranch, expanding the operation throughout the years. Fred was passionately dedicated to farming, an innovator in all aspects of agriculture, and a respected leader in the agricultural community. He was also an esteemed civic leader and the recipient of several service awards. He was a longtime Rotary member, first in Durham and later in Chico, where he eventually received his lifetime honorary membership. Fred was on the Blue Diamond Growers Board of Directors for twenty-eight years, serving as chairman for nineteen years. He was an avid supporter of the Boy Scouts of America as Scoutmaster and Explorer Post Leader, receiving the Silver Beaver Award in 1964. As an ardent supporter of education, Fred served many years as a member of the Board of Governors on the Calif-ornia State University Chico Foundation and later on the Advisory Board. In addition, he was a founding member of the Butte College Board of Trustees, representing the Durham District on the board from 1966 to 1983. The campus library was named for him in recognition of his service to the college. He was a founding member of the Enloe Foundation Board of Directors, serving as Chairman of the Board for one year. He also received the Outstanding Community Service award from Enloe Medical Center in 2002, and was a devout, lifelong member of the Bidwell Presbyterian Church. Fred was devoted to classical and contemporary music, and was a gifted musician, playing piano by music and ear his entire life and religiously attending the symphony. Fred is survived by his wife Ann Montgomery of Chico and her children, Terry (Larry) Chaney of San Diego and John Doryland of Sacramento; three sons, Rick (Sherri) Montgomery of Santa Barbara; Paul (Lila) Montgomery of Durham; Mark (Kathi) Montgomery of Durham; five grand-children; and four great-grandchildren. Donations in Fred's name may be made to the Alzheimer's Asso-ciation, Bidwell Pres-byterian Church, Boy Scouts of America, Chico Rotary Club, Enloe Foundation, or an organization of your choice. You may share thoughts and memories of Fred online at NewtonBracewell.com
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Apr. 17, 2013
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