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Adelmo "Memo" Garcia Montes, 77, passed away peacefully Saturday, October 27, 2012, with his family at his bedside. He was born November 5, 1934, in San Juanito, Jalisco, Mexico to Priciliano and Senorina (Garcia) Montes.
With the passing of his father, Memo discontinued his education and migrated to the United States with his mother and siblings having assumed the role of the head of household at the age of 12. Adelmo settled in Gonzales where he lived for the remainder of his life.
Memo married Elida Borrayo on January 26, 1969, in Mazatan, Nayarit, Mexico. A mechanic at the Gonzales Potato Company for 35 years, Memo displayed a remarkable knack for solving problems through constant tinkering. Memo truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures; chatting with friends and family, day trips, and spending time with his grandchildren. Memo had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way.
Memo was preceded in death by his father and mother; his brothers, Juan, Jesus, Jose Anslemo "Chemo"; and his sister, Isabel.
He is survived by his wife, Elida; his son, Jose "Chemo" (Maria) Montes; his daughters, Maria Guadalupe (Steven) Clemens, Sandra Montes (Perry) Anderson and Mona (Jason) Clifford; his brother, Joe "Jesse"; his sisters, Maria Garcia, Emily (Robert) Chavez and Gloria (Gilbert) Velazquez; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. On behalf of the Montes family, we appreciate all your love and support.
Family, friends, and others whose lives Memo touched are invited to Saint Theodore's Catholic Church for a public viewing from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, with a Rosary to follow.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., at Saint Theodore's Catholic Church, Gonzales.
Internment will follow at Gonzales District Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements by Alta Vista Mortuary, 41 E. Alisal, Salinas, CA 93901, 831-424-9700.
Online condolences to www.altavistamortuary.com
Alta Vista Mortuary
41 East Alisal Street Salinas, CA 93901
Published in The Salinas Californian on Oct. 30, 2012