Montgomery Lee
1952 - 2020
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Montgomery Lee

Montgomery Lee passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 2, 2020. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, grand uncle, mentor, and friend.

Monty was born in Phoenix on May 22, 1952 to Jack and Anna Lee. He grew up in Coolidge, AZ. In high school, he was a speech and debate champion and served as president of the Speech club. Upon graduation from high school, he attended Arizona State University, where he met his future wife, Alice. The two were married in 1972. In 1975, Monty graduated from ASU with his bachelor's degree in political science. He earned his JD from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1978.

Monty began his career as a Deputy Pinal County Attorney in 1978 before joining the Arizona Attorney General's Office in Phoenix as a staff Assistant Attorney General in 1981. In 1991, Monty was appointed as the Licensing & Enforcement Section Chief Counsel. He spent the rest of his career at the Attorney General's Office, administering legal representation and litigation services to state professional and occupational licensing boards, commissions, and departments. Throughout his career, he also supervised a large team of attorneys and support staff, many of whom became his friends.

Monty's daughter was born in 1985, and his son was born in 1988. Always a family man, he often met his family for lunches during the work week and spent evenings at home playing board games and Sega Genesis games. He also taught his children to play his favorite sports: golf, volleyball, and tennis.

Monty coached his children's sports teams and attended every game, concert, and family night at school. He was notorious for standing in line to secure the hottest toys for Christmas. As his children grew up, the family took many vacations to California, especially Disneyland. He enjoyed all the rides, but especially Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters.

In 2015, Monty retired from the Attorney General's Office. He spent the next several years enjoying all his favorite activities: spending time with his wife and family, traveling, golfing, playing games, watching movies, and taking trips to the store. In 2018, his grandson was born. The two shared a special bond and enjoyed playing cars, building blocks, coloring with markers, and singing together.

Monty is survived by his wife of 48 years, Alice (Raleigh) Lee; his daughter, Allison (Lee) Mills (Ben Mills); his son, Connor Lee; his grandson, Oliver Mills; and his soon-to-be-born granddaughter.

A private burial will be held on Thursday, Sept. 10. A celebration of life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please make all donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.




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Published in The Arizona Republic from Sep. 9 to Sep. 13, 2020.
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September 17, 2020
Monty was my boss & mentor for over 25 years. He was an incredible lawyer. He always had sound advice.

More importantly, Monty was my friend & I will truly miss him. He was first a family man. Work was second. He supported all 3 of my maternity leaves & was genuinely happy for Dan & I each time even though my absence of several months was very inconvenient for him. He always wanted to know how my kids were & he shared stories of his family often. When I first asked him what he thought about me working part time he figured out a way to make it happen.

My family & I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Monty. I had a good work life which in turn created a wonderful family life.

The last time I saw him we were both retired & had both become grandparents. Monty was bursting with joy.

Rest with the angels Monty. You were one to me!❤
Bridget Harrington
Friend
September 15, 2020
Monty was a great man and a great lawyer- I worked with him at the attorney generals office and attended law school with him- I never heard him say anything negative about anyone or anything- he was a class act
Mike Cianci
Friend
September 12, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
September 12, 2020
First I would like to say I’m sorry to Monty’s family, friends, and colleagues. I have known him for 30+ years. I met him in 1989 when I started working at the AG‘s office. I was thrilled when he became the section chief. He had an open door policy. He would listen and give the greatest advice, Whether it was a professional or personal manner. He was a great supervisor.
I left the AG‘s office in 2000 to join the Superior Court. But I always enjoyed getting back together with my friends from the AG‘s office on special occasions. The last time I seen Monty was in December 2019 when Yoli retired. I had a nice visit with them and we talked about our kids and grandkids. His face just lit up when he talked about Oliver and showed me his pictures. He will be missed by those of us fortunate enough to have known him. Rest in Paradise Monty, my friend.
Nanette Kenyon
Friend
September 11, 2020
My condolences, love and prayers to the beautiful Lee Family.
God bless you always.

I write this with a very heavy heart and lots of tears. First and foremost Monty was all about Family first. I worked with Monty at the AG’s Office for over 25 years. He wasn’t just my Boss, he was my friend. He is the reason I loved my job and considered him one-of-a-kind” and “one-in-a-million.” I feel lucky to have known someone that I will miss as much as I will Monty.
Rest Easy Monty!
Yoli Lloyd and Tom.
Yolanda Lloyd
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