JAIME R. MONTOYA, 52, of Las Cruces, made his final call of duty on January 3, 2019 at 3:05 p.m. Jaime was born on April 16, 1966 in Wiesbaden, Germany to Victor and Felisa Montoya. Jaime married Bernice on June 12, 1997 and they remained best friends until his passing; por vida…right babe! Jaime will be reposing on Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 3 PM to 5 PM at Baca’s Funeral Chapels, 300 E. Boutz Road. The Holy Rosary will be recited the same evening at 7:30 PM in Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral, 1240 S. Espina. Family and Friends will join together to celebrate the Funeral Mass at 10 AM on January 11, 2019 at the same church. The Rite of Committal and Interment will follow in the Doña Ana Cemetery where he will be laid to rest. There will be a reception at Our Lady of Purification Parish Hall immediately following the funeral.
My absolutely amazing husband had an impressive career in law enforcement. I invite you to go on line and learn more about his accomplishments.
Not only was Jaime an awesome officer, he was also a son, a husband, a father, a grandfather, an uncle, a cousin, and a friend and mentor to so many. This is what the people who knew him best and outside of work thought and still think about him; he WAS THE VERY BEST MAN EVER, and we lost a true hero. Jaime was strong and smart and tough when he needed to be. He was also kind, warm, honest, loving, faithful, true-to-his word, no nonsense, and funny. If anyone had the opportunity to interact with him, you knew where he stood from the get go. He pulled no punches and said it the way it was because, in his eyes, “that was life…deal with it.”
There are a million great words that could easily describe Jaime. Know that he was the very best husband and life partner anyone could have dreamed for (heart and soul); he was a great son to his parents and his in-law parents; he was an amazing brother to all his siblings and in-laws. He loved all of his children and grandchildren; especially his “little sweetheart.” He loved all of his nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. To those of you that he mentored in any way, he loved you all and only wished the very best for each of you. Daniel, as he said, “you’re the son he never had.” Joey, he truly enjoyed sharing time with you at the church, “you’re a good kid.”
Unlike most, Jaime’s family was not limited to the traditional family but also his brothers and sisters in blue. If you looked through his phone logs, you would see family, but also see hundreds of three digit badge numbers. He remembered every single one. He was not just a father to those who called him so, but also to the many men and women who called him chief. Whether he was giving Christmas briefings four times a day, calling you into his office for a tough life lesson, or hurting over a black band over his badge, he was the truest leader. This was his greatest achievement, it was not physical, it did not earn medals or make the news, but the teaching of morals and values to the officers and community he dedicated his life to. In this chaotic world of policing, Jaime taught only peace and understanding. He was a true leader, a father figure, and a light in the darkness.
Jaime was a very simple, honest person and never let his titles go to his head. He was honored to have been able to contribute to the growth of his beloved police department. He was humbled each and every time he was recognized for doing something that he considered was “just his job.”
Jaime leaves behind his wife, Bernice, his parents; Victor and Felisa Montoya; his daughters, their spouses, and children; Alex (Joe) and their sons, Joseph and Jaime, Valerie (Johana) and their son, James, son Isaac, granddaughter, Alexis; his sister, Faith (David)and their children, Mindi, Maya, Mira, and Jennifer; brothers, Gabino (April) and their children, Diego, Santiago, Caesar, Cesareo (Laura) their children, Enrique, Andres, Aaron, and Isabel; parents-in-law, Joe and Teresa Medina; siblings-in-law, Sylvia (Alex), Patsy (Joe), Lucy, Minerva (Angel) and JD (Michelle). He also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, the LCPD family, countless friends. Including Elizabeth and JoJo, members of Our Lady of Purification Catholic Church, community members, and his Knights of Columbus family.
It was his character, this legacy, his friends, and both of his families that allowed him to leave this world in the same peace that he lived in it and taught those who will miss him for forever.
Jaime was preceded in death by his grandparents, Aurelio (Lelo) and Maria Bernarda (Bernie) Montoya, Cesareo Roman Alonso and Maria Socorro Garzon, and his aunt, Modesta Andazola.
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