Abelino Jose Montoya Sr., 92, passed away Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. Our beloved patriarch is now reunited with our mother, Lucille, in heaven.
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Abelino was born July 27, 1921, in Cañon del Carro Village, Mora County to the proud parents of Manuelita de Atocha and Jose Vidal Montoya. Abelino was the 12th born of 15 children, including two half-brothers.
Abelino married Lucille Salazar July 29, 1938, and she passed away July 11, 1968. In 1969, Abelino married his second wife, Julianita Martinez.
In 1934, Abelino's family was faced with much hardship. His father, their only provider, passed away and Abelino and his brothers were unable to pursue their education as they had to work to provide for their mother and family. They provided for their mother for 15 years until she passed away in 1949.
At a very early age Abelino worked various jobs. He told his children stories of selling ice from a little red wagon, selling wood from the back of a truck, driving a taxi cab for Rimbert's Taxi Co., and working as a bartender in Las Vegas. A decorated World War II Veteran, Abelino was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, American Area Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Ribbon, and European African Ribbon.
Abelino was proud of his service to our country with our U.S. Navy as a Fireman First Class. He was able to serve our country from May 23, 1944 through his honorable discharge on Dec. 12, 1945.
He enjoyed talking about his travels and the people he met during that time.
In 1945, he began work with the New Mexico State Highway Department as a heavy equipment transporter and carrier. In 1973, 28 years later, he retired from the state government, as a highway safety supervisor. After 39 years of continuous employment, retirement brought Abelino leisure time to travel, fish and partake in other outdoor activities. Most importantly, he could sit back, enjoy, and watch his family grow. He moved to Albuquerque in 1988.
The last five months of Abelino's life were medically challenging. After 40 years of retirement, Abelino is now in God's hands.
He acknowledged on many occasions, his greatest accomplishment in life were his children and their accomplishments. As a devoted, giving and loving father, Abelino made a promise to Lucille before she passed away. He would keep their young children together, which he accomplished with determination, guidance and love.
Abelino was preceded in death by his first wife, Lucille E. Salazar Montoya; children, Dulia Louisa, Michael Matthew; sisters, Regina, Juanita, Eloisa, Alicia, Adelmira, Laura; brothers, Eloy I, Eloy II, Tomas, Teodocio, Alfredo, Vidal, Juan, Placido; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; son-in-law, Fred Montoya.
Abelino and his late wife, Lucille, are survived by daughters, Dulia Montoya, Teresa (Henry) Montoya Duran, Bernadette (Ben) Montoya Sena, Katherine Montoya Gallegos, Louisa Montoya, Manuelita (Dewey) Montoya Loveless, Frances (Dennis) Montoya Hawksworth, Hope Montoya; sons, Edward Montoya, David (Lisa) Montoya, Abelino (LouElla) Montoya Jr., Bobby (Loretta) Montoya, Les Montoya, John Montoya, Michael Montoya; 41 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; 25 great- great-grandchildren; step-children, Mary Esther Loredo, Ida Muniz, Joe Roy Martinez, Virginia Martinez, Willie Martinez, Loretta Martinez, Victor Martinez.
Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. today (Friday) at Daniels Family Funeral Services Wyoming Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon today (Friday), at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. Visitation will also be held from 8 to 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 9 at Daniels Family Funeral Services Wyoming Chapel located at 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE with the rosary to be recited at 9 a.m. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 12:45 p.m.
In lieu of flower donations, Abelino's family requests memorial contributions to be made in memory of Abelino J. Montoya Sr. to: Disabled American Veterans - New Mexico (DAV); mail to: Disabled American Veterans-New Mexico, 500 Gold Ave. SW Room 3116, Albuquerque, N.M. 87102. The New Mexico chapter telephone number is 505-346-4864.
To leave messages and condolences for the family, visit Abelino's online obituary at www.legacy.com.
Daniels Family Funeral Services
7601 Wyoming Blvd Ne Albuquerque, NM 87109
Published in Las Vegas Optic from Dec. 4 to Dec. 6, 2013