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Father Juan Montoya, O.F.M.

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Father Juan "Johnny" Montoya, O.F.M., 72, of Albuquerque, passed away Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. He was well known and beloved by many friends and family.
Father Juan was born in Magdalena on Aug. 20, 1940. He studied at Mount Carmel Seminary in Santa Fe, then entered the Franciscan Order as a friar in 1959.
Serving as a friar in many capacities, he was a gourmet chef, spending many years with St. Michaels, and the Navajos in Arizona and New Mexico. He studied at Sun Scotus College and the Pope John XXIII Seminary, and was ordained a Franciscan priest on May 10, 1980, at Holy Family Parish in Albuquerque.
Any description of Father Juan's accomplishments would be understated. But to name a few, Father Juan became a popular "priest of the people," serving in parishes in Clovis, Portales and Roswell. He also served as the director of new seminarian formation program in Denver. Upon "retirement" in 2011, he served at Immaculate Conception Church in Alamogordo. He began another new ministry serving the extremely poor through an organization called "Food for the Poor" and began traveling around the United States to raise money.
Father Juan is survived by his seven siblings, Gloria and husband, Manuel Perales; Richard and wife, Rita Cordova; Marie and husband, Pete Montoya; Joseph and wife, Lorraine Cordova; Mike and wife, Juanita Cordova; Eileen and husband, Jesse Montano; and Donald and wife, Sylvia Cordova; and his 76 nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ray and Eva Montoya-Cordova; his extended family, Sylvester Montoya, Rafaela Montoya, Ben Montoya, Willie Montoya, Stella Otero, Adam Montoya; and his twin brother Daniel.
He leaves behind many loving friends and family too numerous to mention who will miss him greatly.
The family would like to express appreciation to the many people who have contacted the family to express their condolences and support
Memorial mass will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at Immaculate Conception Church with a potluck afterward.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 6 to Feb. 12, 2013
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