Michael Raymond Montoya (1962 - 2014)

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Michael Raymond Montoya, a beloved father, son, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend was called to join his beloved mother Maria Elena in Heaven March 29, 2014. He is now at rest and peace with his Heavenly Father and is in his beloved mother's arms.

Michael was a loving, caring, and sharing free spirit. He loved being outdoors with the wind and sun on his face. Michael was a gentle, generous and giving soul who often gave of everything he had even if he had nothing left for himself. It did not matter whether it was family or a friend - he gave much of himself. That was his way.

His sons and granddaughters will miss him dearly, because they were his world. His father will miss his morning coffee with him.

His sisters will miss their big brother. He would tell his sons, ""Never say you tried your best; you do your best."" Michael's favorite prayer: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.

At a very young age Michael knew the value of hard work. He learned alongside his parents as they instilled in him that everyone works together to help themselves and others.

His first job was selling newspapers then later worked at Maryann's Restaurant. After obtaining his high school diploma, he attained certification required to work for Ilfeld Hardware & Furniture installing linoleum. Later, he attended Scott Diesel Truck Driving School and became CDL certified. He also worked at the Medite fiberboard plant in Las Vegas. After Medite he was employed as a psych tech at the Las Vegas Medical Center for 16 years. He was forced to retire from the Las Vegas Medical Center as a result of a work-related injury. Nevertheless, he enjoyed working at helping his friends and family to the extent his injury allowed.

Michael was born to Carlos Montoya and the late Maria Elena Montoya on Oct. 21, 1962.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Maria Elena Montoya in 2010; maternal grandparents, Geronimo and Antonia Garduño; paternal grandparents, Pedro and Isabelita Montoya; uncles, Jerry Garduño; in 1986, Pete Garduño; in 1996, Leo Garduño; in 2010, Gilbert Garduño; in 2011, Bernardino Montoya, Edwardo Montoya and Juan Bautista Garduño; aunts, Isabel G. Chavez in 2008, Liria M. Trujillo, and Edwina C. Garduno, Marilla Gertrude Garduño; and Beatriz Martinez Garduño; cousins, Alvin Garduño, Denise Garduño, Pete Trujillo, George Trujillo, Jose Montoya and Ramon Montoya.

Michael is survived by his sons, Carlos (CJ) Montoya (Rita Raya), Steven Montoya (Brianna Lopez), Raymond Montoya and the mother of his children, Anna Garcia. grandchildren, Peyton, Cierra and Alexis Montoya, all of Las Vegas; father, Carlos Montoya; sisters, Gloria L Gallegos (William), Ruby Lovato (Frank); nephews and nieces: Trinidad W. and Shanise E. Gallegos, Charlene Lopez (Carlos), Eric-Lee and Roberta Lovato; great-grand nephews and nieces, Andres, Reyes, MariaElena and Jayden.
Also surviving are his uncles, aunts and their families, Ray Garduño (Andrea), Alice Gallegos (Donald), Viola Garduño, Antonio Garduño, Danny Garduño (Antonia), Edwina Gallegos, Joe Garduño, Roseann Trujillo and Rosemarie Garduño, all of Las Vegas; Della Gonzales (Rosalio) of Arlington Texas, Lorraine Hernandez (Fred) of Pueblo, Colo., Patricia Garduño of Los Lunas. A very special uncle, Fermin Montoya (Sarah) of Denver, Colo. Also surviving are uncles, Manuel Chavez, Trinidad N. Gallegos and Daniel Trujillo all of Las Vegas; aunts, Emma Garduño of Thornton, Colo., Pricilla Montoya and Tomasita Montoya of Ojo Feliz, Emily Pacheco of Santa Fe and numerous cousins and dear friends.

Services will be held at 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Las Vegas. Funeral Services will be conducted at 9 a.m. Thursday also at Our Lady of Sorrows Church with Father Douglas Mitchell as celebrant. Interment will follow at San Jose Cemetery in Las Vegas with the following serving as casket bearers will be: Carlos (CJ) Montoya, Johnny Trujillo, Raymond Montoya, Eric-Lee Lovato, Trinidad W. Gallegos and Joseph Garcia. Honorary Casket Bearers will be Steven Montoya. Anthony Baca and all his grandchildren.

Visit Rogers Mortuary's website at www.rogersmortuarynm.com to sign their online register book.

Arrangements are under the direction of Rogers Mortuary; 600 Reynolds, Las Vegas; 1-800-479-3511 or 425-3511.

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Published in Las Vegas Optic on Mar. 31, 2014