Todd Newell Montgomery Todd was born July 2, 1963 in Washington, D.C. the second of three sons of Dr. Robert and Nancy Montgomery. He graduated from Borah High School and pursued a degree in Political Science at Univ. of Colorado, where he graduated in 1987. Todd loved the mountains and the Idaho outdoors more than anything else. He remains the youngest falconer ever in the state, working with protectors of the birds of prey in Idaho. He found his career in the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, where he worked for many years. The people who knew him best appreciated him as a man of immense talent, incisive wit and a gentle soul who helped many through troubled times. Todd had a deep compassion for birds and all animals and he loved working with plants and flowers. His first love however was climbing, and it made him happier than anything else in this world. He climbed extensively in Idaho and the United States, but his heart was in the City of Rocks and Joshua Tree. He is survived by his parents, Dr. Robert and Nancy Montgomery; brothers Bruce and Judd and their families; his many devoted friends; and his dog, Mina - all of whom will miss him dearly. "Best of all he loved the fall, the leaves yellow on cottonwoods, hawks floating on the murmuring winds, and above the hills, the high and quiet stoneNow he will be a part of them forever." Todd died of natural causes in Joshua Tree, Calif. on March 26, 2008. Arrangements are by Summers Funeral Homes, Boise Chapel. In celebration of his life and in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Peregrine Fund, 5668 West Flying Hawk Lane, Boise, Idaho 83709.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Apr. 6, 2008.