Joseph Bruce Montoya
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Joseph Bruce Montoya 1956 - 2011 Oakland, California On the afternoon of October 23rd our beloved Joe was on a Sunday Motorcycle ride with friends on Redwood Road and lost his life when an out of control car crossed the double yellow line into Joe's path. He was killed instantly. Joe lived a life that honored the environment and his fellow man. He believed strongly that there was more than enough to go around and practiced that belief on a daily basis, generously giving his time and money to numerous local and international agencies devoted to the health and welfare of all people and also to individuals he encountered personally who may have been in need of a hand. Joe was not one for many words, but his patience, reason and wisdom made him a sounding board for countless people over the years. Joe worked for East Bay MUD in various positions for the past 35 years. Most recently he worked as an instructor in the Pipeline Training Academy - a perfect job that paired his amazing ability to teach and mentor with his years of hands on experience in the trenches. One of Joe's passions was riding. He spent 17 years as the President of the American Federation of Motorcyclists (AFM-North). Prior to his time as President, he raced for many years as part of Team Bozo as a talented amateur and pro. Barbara Smith, Race Director for AFM, wrote a news release detailing his work with AFM and the high regard AFM and its members have for him. As in most of the things Joe touched he left an everlasting mark on the organization and many, many people. You can find the article in its entirety here - Joe enjoyed spending time with friends and family (which include the two doggies, Nutmeg and Iggy, that he shared with his best friend, Holly). He was known to sit quietly on a barstool and while having a "pop", think or read or write stories or letters. He was a very gifted writer with writings full of humor, deep emotion and keenly descriptive. He spent many hours tending his vegetable gardens and shared produce with neighbors up and down the block. We are all devastated by his senseless and untimely death and will forever miss his quiet, yet strong presence. There are not words to convey what an amazing person Joe was. We will forever carry him in our hearts and minds. We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of affection that has come from all those whose lives were touched by his humble strength, honesty, wisdom, loyalty, kindness and generosity. Joe gave much and asked for nothing. If you wish to honor Joe, we ask that you help someone in need. Some of the agencies that he helped support were: Boost! West Oakland, Alameda County Food Bank, East Bay SPCA, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, Project Open Hand, Doctors without Borders and OXFAM. And be sure to tip your local bartender. We will let everyone know as soon as a date is set for a memorial gathering.

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Published in Inside Bay Area from Oct. 28 to Oct. 30, 2011.
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March 8, 2015
Just left a mini-reunion with many of our fellow '74 classmates at Skyline. Did not know Joe had passed away. So sorry. Remember him from Skyline as a warm, friendly and compassionate guy. He was such a part of what made Skyline's Class of '74 a great class. Tragic loss for all of us. - Kit Hill, Ed.D. LMFT
October 1, 2013
Ah Joe... Iam so far out of touch I only found out today after getting in touch with Ralph Moran that you had left us... always meant to see you when I did come through. It has been a lifetime since I have seen you or Wayne. I am sorry you had to leave as you did. I wonder what happened to your Norton. I send my prayers for you and your family. I love you brother... yea Pep... Hills Brothers Forever, Forever Hills Brothers. I am sure you are riding that great highway in heaven Joe.
Bill Hendry
July 4, 2013
Rip Joe. God needed another angel and u were his chosen one.
Monica Jones
May 12, 2012
I am so saddened to learn (albeit late) about the tragic accident that took the life of Joe Montoya. I raced AFM from 1980 to 1984 and got to know both Joe and Wayne, Team Bozo. Joe was a real inspiration and had a personality that I only wish I had. Recently, I attended the West Coast Moto Jam and found myself looking around the pit area for Joe and Wayne. I had not been to an AFM race in a few years but will ALWAYS remember AFM # 13....Mr Joe Montoya. RIP Joe. Condolences to Joe's Family.

Wayne, if you read this post or anyone has contact with Wayne then please give me a call at (415) 806-1800. Roger Hall
Roger Hall
November 14, 2011
I had the pleasure of meeting Joe while working at Zeitgeist in San Francisco. Although, it wasn't until I moved to Oakland and started frequenting my neighborhood bar, The Heart and Dagger Saloon, that I really got the opportunity to know him. I knew he was a kind man, but after spending a few afternoons sharing stories over libations, I realized that he was just truly an incredibly gentle spirit...such a rarity to come across these days. It saddens me greatly to hear of his passing. Here's to that eternal ride home, Joe. You will be missed.
Atarah Price
November 13, 2011
Joe was the coolest, nicest person that I've ever had the pleasure to serve at the bar. Truly one of the best.......
My condolences to Joe's family.
Derek Dees
November 11, 2011
Joe, I hope you are having a good ride through that clear blue. You were so tall and quiet. Peace be with your loved ones.
J A Johnston
November 10, 2011
Damn, what a loss! I loved his Team Bozo and his quiet reserved attitude as our long time AFM president in dealing with a bunch of hyper, panicky racers on race days! At one time the AFM had around 700 entrants on a single weekend and between Joe and Barbara Smith, things ran like clockwork! Long live the Bozos of the world....
Steven Holt
November 6, 2011
I first met Joe in October 1978 when I first started with East Bay Mud. I will always remember what a good person he was, he never had a bad thing to say about anybody. We were good friends and I will miss him.
Dave Vallerga
November 3, 2011
I first met Joe at Taft School in Redwood City back in 1967. He was one of the nicest guys way back then, so I'm not surprised so many people have nice things to say about him today. Although its been many years since we saw each other, my heart goes out to all who knew and worked with Joe. Rest in Peace, Joe.
Dave Miles
November 1, 2011
RIP Joe. I wish I got to know you better. It's hard to make any sense of such a tragedy. My condolences to everyone who's life Joe has touched.
Katia Snow
October 31, 2011
I knew Joe for a short time that we worked together in the East Yard of EBMUD. Even though it was a just a short time, I knew he was a special person. You will be misses. I will keep you in my prayers. You will be missed.
Rick Cabrera
October 31, 2011
It was my privilege to work with Joe for many years at East bay MUD. Joe was a unique individual and always a source of amazing knowledge for me. A world without Joe is a little dimmer and a lot sadder place.
Howard McCarley
October 30, 2011
I met Joe this last summer riding redwood. To say he stood out, is an understatement. Wether it was him and his enjoyment of that old bike, or a conversation with him, he made an impression on all of us. ill always cherish the time I had with him. An incredible person I feel honored to have even known.
Sam Romick
October 30, 2011
I don't know Joe Montoya personally but what happened on that Sunday touched all of us. I'm now reading all about Joe each and everyone who reads this must take time to Give....many prayers.
Joni Cinquini
October 30, 2011
I first met Joe when I started working at EBMUD in 1997. I was assigned to work on his crew and we became friends. As we got to know each other at work, we also found out that we shared a passion outside of work. We both loved to race, Joe was into motorcycle roadracing and I was into roadracing cars. We raced at some of the same tracks and knew some of the same people that ran the tracks. Joe went above and beyond at not only helping me advance my career at EBMUD, he has helped so many others as well. He was such a kind and generous person that was loved and respected by many. I will miss Joe and will always remember the times we shared at work. I know that Joe is looking down at us wearing those black converse and is designing a race track that will be like no other and the standard specs and drawings will be far beyond the best! I am very grateful for knowing such a good person as you. My condolences to your family.
Steve Toth
October 29, 2011
Joe Montoya was a great friend for many many years and it saddens my heart to hear of his passing. To Wayne and the rest of the Family, I'm sorry for the gigantic loss of Joe, may the good times and great memories be with you all. Pep. The Hills Bros '74 forever.
Tim (Pep) Pueppke
October 29, 2011
Thanks Joe for all of the excursions and lunches you and Holly took Phyllis and I on the times I was able to come down from Oregon to visit. I will miss those times and you and Holly always coming up with something special to make the day fun. I will especially miss seeing Holly's face light up everytime she was around you, and how happy you made Phyllis knowing how much you loved Holly. And how much she loved you. Thank you for sharing some of your time with me, and I will miss seeing you when I visit down here. My condolences to your family and Holly , Phyllis, and Toby .
Suzanne Field
October 29, 2011
RIP Joe rider forever,ive had a hard week from youre loss
scott flippen
October 29, 2011
RIP Joe I do not have a mentor anymore now,
I will never forget what you taught me.
I love you Joe.
Daniel Sato
October 28, 2011
I worked with Joe for 28 yrs at EBMUD. He held many job titles and was good at all of them.I talked with him 3 days before his accident and it is hard to believe I will never see him again.You were a great guy Joe.
Rene Hernandez
October 28, 2011
I knew Joe for decades through the AFM and his occasional visits to my bar in SF. He was kind, gentle and respectful, a great guy. Condolences to his family.
Steve Engelbrecht
October 28, 2011
I didn't know Joe nor his family. He sound like a wonderful person and I think the world needs more people like him. RIP, Joe you were a true treasure. God definelty has a new angel up there!
October 28, 2011
Rest in peace Joe.
Dave Pelham
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