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5/2/41 - 10/15/10
After nearly a two year battle with pancreatic cancer, Monte passed away as he lived his life, surrounded by his family.
A son, musician, soldier, husband, father and grandfather, Monte was never far from friends and family. Whether on his boat, motorcycle, convertible car, R.V. or bandstand, family and friends were enjoying his humor, stories of travels or words of advice.
Born in Colfax, WA to Lavern and Evelyn Holmes and growing up in around Lacrosse and St. John, WA, he developed a strong sense of family and community that he carried through his life.
He became proficient with the guitar very early in life and began to sing which became the tool he used to communicate and bring others together. Monte played music in several bands throughout the United States, Europe and Canada continuing to play music throughout the last year of his life.
Monte attended Eastern Washington University earning a degree in communications. Monte served his country in the United States Army with the 6th Special Forces and he did this with great pride.
His early years were spent working in the field of radio and television broadcasting as an on-the-air host before moving into sales and marketing. This led to a career in the automobile industry in retail and wholesale.
Monte was a member of numerous service organizations that included the American Legion, Masonic Lodge and the Eagles. His service to the community was furthered through countless charity auctions and benefit concerts over many years in an effort to improve the lives of others.
Monte was preceded in death by his mother and father; sister, Ronda Shay Lockhart, her husband Tom and their son, Kip. Monte leaves behind family that will miss him dearly. He is survived by his wife, Paula; his son, Mark and wife, Ann and sons, Micah and Ryan; son, Jeff and wife, Wende and sons, Code and Brysen; also Mark and Jeff's mom, Darlene; also stepdaughter Jennifer and children: Tyler and Emilee; stepson Brian and wife, Becky.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Monte's honor, to Cancer Care Northwest.
We would like to thank Cancer Care Northwest, Dr. Danko, and all his staff for all you did. Thank you so much.
Gravesite 3:00PM, Friday, October 22nd at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery; reception to follow at VFW 51, 4:00PM, 300 W. Mission.
Published in Spokesman-Review from Oct. 21 to Oct. 22, 2010