Luis Armando Montoya, 76, a resident of Las Vegas, passed away unexpectedly at Alta Vista Hospital on Friday, Sept. 6.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Pedro E. And Maria Leonires Montoya; father-in-law, Erminio B. Martinez an aunt (raised as a sister), Sencionita Montoya; brothers: Ferdinando F., Laudente H., Lee A. And Dennis J. Montoya; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Nye; sisters-in-law, Mary, Lila, and Katherine Montoya.
He is survived by his wife, Rosie M. Montoya; daughters, Rita Montoya (Philip), and Lisa Montoya; a son, Dennis J. Esquibel and wife, Cynthia; grandchildren: Gabriela R. Almanza, Armando R. Almanza, Joshua R. Jaramillo, and Jacob I. Esquibel all of Las Vegas; sisters: Arabella L. Montoya of Albuquerque, and Emily Nye of Hastings, Mich.; his mother-in-law, Julia S. Martinez; a sister-in-law, Agnes C. Romero and husband, Ovidio, also of Las Vegas.
He is also survived by nieces and nephews: Maryanne Roberts, Lorraine Armijo (Andrew) Geri Hernandez (Mario), Yolanda Guerrero, Herman Montoya (Thomasine), Laudente Montoya Jr., Marcelo Montoya (Laura), Dennis W. Montoya (Jeanne), Albert Montoya (Michelle), Barbara Cofferen (Mike), Robert Montoya (Anna), Lydia Lopez (Ricardo), Debby Waite, Tim Nye (Laura), Tom Nye (Cheryl), Bradly Nye, Linda Gardener, Dennis E. Romero (Eva), Robert A. Romero, James P. Romero (Marcine), and numerous great nephews and nieces, great-great-nephews and nieces, and cousins, Susana and Charlie Martinez of Las Vegas and Marcos Montoya of Lucero, and close family friend and neighbor, Eileen Ireland.
Luis was born in Lucero in Mora County. At the age of 6 Luis and his sister, Arabella, 10, moved to Las Vegas and lived on their own on Railroad Avenue. They would return home on weekends when their mother, Maria, would pick them up. Selling papers and working small neighborhood jobs, Luis and his sister went to school and maintained a household. Luis graduated from Robertson High School in 1957.
He began working for the East Las Vegas Police Department out of high school as a dispatcher. This is where he met his wife, Rosie, Las Vegas' first police woman. He worked his way up through the ranks, and helped with the city consolidation, and attained the rank of First Assistant Chief when the departments consolidated. He dedicated his life and proudly served his community as a law enforcement officer until his retirement in 1986. He continued to serve his community through several organizations. He was the last surviving charter member and president of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Crimestoppers; New Mexico Sheriffs and Police Association; Fraternal Order of Police; Past Master of Chapman Masonic Lodge #2 (2003, 3004, 2005) in Las Vegas; member of Union Masonic Lodge #4 of Wagon Mound; auxiliary member of La Morada de Santa Ana. He also ran and maintained the family ranch in Lucero, after his brother, Dennis' death. Luis was also the current Presidente de la Acequia de Santa Rita in Lucero.
During his retirement he enjoyed several years caring for his grandchildren before they entered school, and instilling family traditions. He enjoyed working on the ranch, CB Radioing, leather working, jewelry making, wood working, reading his favorite magazines, Consumer Reports and Progressive Farmer, and reading the Albuquerque Journal, and fixing anything he could find.
He was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Las Vegas and the Santa Rita Church in Lucero where he donated a new cross after its remodeling two years ago. Luis and Rosie celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary in May of 2013.
A visitation will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. today (Monday) in St. Francis Chapel at Gonzales Funerals & Cremations, 2315 Hot Springs Blvd. Services will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church with a rosary beginning at 7 p.m. today (Monday) by the Sociedad de Nuestro Padre Jesus de Morada de Santana. Eulogies will follow by Mack Crow, a family friend, and at the cemetery by nephews, Marcelo and Dennis W. Montoya. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. The interment will follow in the Santa Rita Cemetery in Lucero with the following serving as casket bearers: Charlie Martinez, Marcos Montoya, James P. Romero, Gabriela R. Almanza, Armando R. Almanza and Joshua R. Jaramillo. Jacob I. Esquibel will be an honorary casket bearer.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.gonzales funerals.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Billy G Rogers at Gonzales Funerals & Cremations, 2315 Hot Springs Blvd., 425-9319 or 1-888-525-9319.