1928 ~ 2013|
Monty C. Groesbeck passed away peacefully at home Saturday, July 20th surrounded by his family. He was born in Provo, Utah, December 3rd 1928 to May and Earl Groesbeck.
He is survived by his wife Marilyn, sisters Marilyn and Kaye, brother Pete, and his four children: Dave, Debbie (Greg), Jeff (Vicki) and Doug (Pam). Monty also had 12 beloved grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved little sister Anne Christine.
Monty was raised in Springville, Utah, and always fondly remembered his youth there; he graduated from Springville High School in 1946. He served an LDS mission to Germany as the first of five missionaries allowed in that country after World War II. Upon returning from Germany, he finished a degree in history and German at BYU. While at BYU Monty met his wife Marilyn and they were married in the Logan Temple on July 28th , 1954. Monty began his professional career as a school teacher in 1958 at Dixon Jr. High. While teaching at Dixon he completed a Master's of Education at BYU in 1967. In 1976 he became Dixon's assistant principal and two years later he moved to Provo High where he was assistant principal for 12 years. Along the way he affected the lives of many students both as an educator and as a friend. Monty also served for 34 years in the Air Force dedicating two years active duty immediately after earning his BA. He retired a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserves.
Monty was an avid runner most of his life, completing many marathons including the Boston Marathon in 1985. He also loved hunting, fishing, and exploring Utah's backcountry on his ATV with family and friends. To Monty, any time spent in the outdoors was time well spent. Monty believed in giving back to the community he loved, and while Monty chose to never run for public office, he served on multiple community councils and committees. He remained active in the church throughout his life and served as Bishop of a BYU student's ward for many years.
He had a deep appreciation of classical music, BYU sports, westerns, and pumpkin pie. He was a true Provo High Bulldog, and their greatest cheerleader. But by far, his greatest joy came from spending time with his grandchildren (and urging his own kids to have more).
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Perpetual Education Fund.
We would like to pay special thanks to Dora, Marie, and Kathy, our Home Hospice Angels.
A Viewing will be held Monday, July 22nd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Provo Grandview 6th Ward, 1600 North 1880 West, Provo. A Viewing will also be held at the church on Tuesday, July 23rd from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with Funeral Services beginning at 11:00 a.m. Interment services will be in the Springville Evergreen Cemetery with military honors rendered by the U.S. Air Force.
Funeral Directors: Utah Valley Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.uvfuneral.com
Published in Deseret News on July 23, 2013