Monte M. McGinty, longtime resident of Hanford, and most recently Los Osos, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on May 15, 2013, in Kelowna, British Columbia from complications of a blood clot. He was 84.
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Monte is best remembered for his self-reliant "can-do" spirit, giving nature and devotion to his family.
Monte and Barbara moved from Los Angeles to Hanford in 1963, where he taught various subjects at Hanford Union High School for 23 years, including civics, math, special education and driver's education. They raised four children out on their small farm "the menagerie" on Excelsior Avenue. He then worked for NASDA (California Agricultural Statistics Service) for another 20 years alongside his beloved wife Barbara, now deceased.
Monte believed deeply in contributing to his community and throughout his life, volunteered as a lifeguard, fireman, Indian guides and 4-H leader, foster parent and played the harmonica for the Salvation Army up until Christmas 2012.
Monte's legacy of love and devotion for his family is remembered by his five surviving children, Larry McGinty, Beverly McGinty, Debra McGinty-Poteet, Robert McGinty, and Jean McGinty; his six grandchildren, Rebecca, Nathanial, Rhiannon, Erin, Sarah and Robert, Jr.; and his one great-granddaughter, Ava Marie.
Services will be held Saturday, July 13, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church on Redington Street conducted by Pastor Susan Foster. An Irish Wake will follow ceremony.
The family requests that remembrances be sent to the Salvation Army.
Published in The Hanford Sentinel on June 29, 2013