Vivian F. Montoya, 64, passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 6, 2012. Vivian was born on April 18, 1948 in Del Norte, Colorado. He grew up in Manassa and graduated from Centauri H.S. in La Jara. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Adams State College in Alamosa. He served in the U.S. Army 4th Infantry Division and was stationed in Ft. Lewis, Washington and in Germany during the Vietnam War. Upon his discharge he became a teacher. He taught Mathematics in School District 11 in Colorado Springs where he retired after 35 years in 2005. "Mr. Montoya" was also an active coach for basketball, wrestling and table tennis for 17 years. He moved with his wife to Las Vegas, NV where he taught for another 6 years in the Clark County School District and retired again in 2011. He was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus where he served as a Grand Knight 4th Degree at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Colorado Springs. Vivian was an avid fan of the Denver Broncos. But he loved nothing more than spending time with his family and friends. He had a great sense of humor, told jokes and was the life of the party and family gatherings. Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, teacher, coach, and Knight, will forever be remembered for his smile, positive energy, gentleness, and generosity. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 43 years, Anselma; three sons, Daymn (Gary), Nicholas (Cheryl), Brandon (Julia); grandchildren, Brennen, Brittanie, Mychael, Damian, Salviano; brothers and sisters, Darlene (Gilbert), Alfonso (Michelle), Alex (Liz), Albert (Barbara), Amar (Vangie), Steve (Ruby), Mary (Tommy), Denise, Celeste (Bryan), Prax (Vonnie), and numerous relatives and friends. Funeral Services and burial took place in San Luis, Colorado.
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Published in The Gazette on Nov. 20, 2012