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JOSEPH MONTES Our beloved Joseph Montes passed away peacefully May 22, 2019 after a courageous eleven year battle with cancer. He was surrounded by loving family and friends. He is survived by his daughter Gabriella Montes, his parents Orlando and Elsie Montes, sister Patty Burks (Keith), brother Reuben (Danielle) and numerous dear nieces, nephews and friends. Joe was a 1978 graduate of Santa Fe High School and George Washington University in Washington DC. Professionally, he was a top administrator at various federal government agencies including the U.S. Departments of Energy, Justice, Interior and the Small Business Administration. He worked overseas for DOJ in Haiti, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Panama. He also worked in the Washington DC office of U.S. Senator Pete V. Domenici. Most recently he managed the Small Business Development Center at UNM/Los Alamos. Joe was passionate about creating small business opportunities as a means of promoting economic prosperity in New Mexico and across the country. Joe was an expert gardener and avid traveler. He was a devout Catholic and attended regular Latin mass at San Miguel Mission. Joe continues to inspire family members, friends and young adults to pursue their academic and professional goals. Rosary 9am, funeral mass 10am at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Pojoaque followed by interment. In lieu of flowers contributions to Gabby's future educational costs are welcome.

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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican from May 24 to May 27, 2019.
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Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
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Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
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May 18, 2020
Dear Joe, our prayers are with you and your family. Be at Peace Joe with GOD Almighty in Heaven.
Simon Castillo & Family
September 12, 2019
Dear Joe, our prayers are with you and your family. Be at Peace Joe with GOD Almighty in Heaven.
Simon H. Castillo & Family
September 11, 2019
Joe's grapevines produced some mighty tasty white grapes in front of his house this summer. Did they taste that good last year? They had an exquisite taste. They are beautiful & establishing themselves nicely after he planted them about 3 years ago!Que bueno
I would have liked to post a picture but you can contact me thru this site for one.
Patty Burks
July 18, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. We have been friends on FB for about 10 years. We met in a thyroid cancer group and talked from time to time about our health issues. Joe was such a kind person and I'm very saddened by his death and for the fact we never met in person. He joked about me baking him a coconut cake. I know he is enjoying that in heaven now. God bless his family.
Robyn Prince
June 8, 2019
Joe touched some wonderful people! Your kind condolences make us recognize that we are not alone in the grief of missing our beloved brother Joe. God's peace and blessings to you all!
With love, Patty
Patricia Burks
June 5, 2019
May the Lord keep the Montes family wrapped in His loving arms Always.
Joe fought the good fight, he finished the race and kept the faith. May He Rest in Eternal Peace.
Carolyn Terrell
June 3, 2019
Our deepest condolences to Gabby and Joe's parents and family. He adored his Gabby and spoke of her often. Joe was our dear friend, customer and guidance for our business. We regret he passed and will not be with us to celebrate our new shop. He will be with us in spirit as we appreciate his guidance and friendship. God bless you.
Ian & Theresa Clemmer
May 31, 2019
Dear Patty and family,
I am saddened to hear about Joseph's passing, Joey as we called him growing up, he was my best friend in elementary, Jr. High, high school. We met in the first grade.
My condolences to his daughter and Rueben and Mr. and Mrs. Montes.
Rebecca (Becky) Martinrz
May 29, 2019
My most sincere condolences to the family and friends on the passing of your dear loved one.
May the comforting words at Ps 119:76 bring you peace and hope for this sad time of mourning.
May 29, 2019
Our deepest condolences to Ruben, Danielle and the family. We are saddened by your loss and will keep you in our daily prayers.
Marlo & Valerie Martinez
May 29, 2019
Rest in peace Joe! I loved the time we worked together at SBA. You were a very kind and generous man!
Melinda Williamson
May 29, 2019
Orlando, Elsie, Patty & Reuben...My heart and condolences go out to your family. Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine losing both Joe and my brother Raymond only one month apart from each other. It doesn't seem that long ago that all of us played together as children on Lujan Street. Now we've lost two beautiful family members. But on the brighter side of light, at least I know that Joe and Ray will be together again as they ascend into Heaven. May God Bless them, as well as our families.
Rick Anaya
May 29, 2019
Rest in peace my friend and until we meet again, "may the God who loves us all hold you in the palm of his hand."
Dottie Overal
May 29, 2019
I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Montes and spending the day with him. It was obvious he had a passion for serving his community and he a positive impact on the lives of many. I feel blessed to have had this brief interaction and hope all of his family and friends find comfort in knowing the positive impact he made in the lives of many.

Ed Brickley, College Station, TX
May 28, 2019
Montes Family,
I am deeply saddened to hear that Joseph has passed away. My prayers and deepest sympathies are with you at this difficult time.
Scott Roybal
May 28, 2019
I send my prayers to Joe's family. I know he is irreplaceable. I shared the same cancer as Joe and we talked many times throughout the years about his trials. I had so hoped he would survive. I know he fought with vigor out of love for his daughter and family. I will always appreciate what he did for the business community of New Mexico. That is how we first met...working as small business advocates. Rest in Peace my Friend in the arms of Jesus that you so loved.
Tina Cordova
May 28, 2019
Joe believed in me when my career needed it most, and fostered my leadership capacity through tough love and steadfast support.
May all our thoughts and prayers assuage the grief now and in the years to come for the Montes family and friends.
Miguel Ruiz
May 28, 2019
Joseph you touched many lives and you made a difference in all that you did. On behalf of the Small Business Administration family your guidance and friendship will be missed by all. God Bless you and bring you eternal peace.
John M. Garcia
May 28, 2019
... RIP my friend. May God welcome you into his loving arms and comfort your family during this difficult time.
Joe Romero
May 28, 2019
Condolences to the Montes family. I had the pleasure of working with Joe and I will miss his wisdom and sincere kindness.
C. Leyba
May 28, 2019
To the family of Joe, I am saddened for your loss. As you remember the awesome times, Joe's ability to bring a smile and his wisdom be forever in the forefront of your mind. Joe was an awesome colleague during his time with the NMSBDC. I will truly miss his presences.
Sandra Taylor-Sawyer
May 28, 2019
Joe man, we weren't finished with you yet. Thank you for your friendship over the years. Your love and support of our family can never be replaced. We are all better for having known you. Gabriella has a wonderful guardian angel looking over her. And she will always have your "Florida peeps" always looking out for her. Nothing but love and respect my friend.

The Wilsons
The Wilson Family
May 28, 2019
Orlando and Elsie, we want you to know that Joe and the family are all remembered in our prayers. We pray for you during this very sad time. May God bless you. Eddie and Florence
Florence Romero
May 28, 2019
There was not a better neighbor, friend and confidant. The world was a better place with you in it, but I am honored to have met you and have you be one of my few and dearest friends. Rest in the loving embrace of our Lord. Peace.
Lydia Ramirez
May 27, 2019
So sorry to hear this as I aways had great respect of Joe. He served the Acequia Del Cano members for a number of years and always listen to the issues before having an opinion. May he rest in pease.
John Gutting
May 27, 2019
It gives me Great Sadness to hear about the passing of my friend, Joseph Montez. My prayers are with the Montez family. May he rest in peace!
Gilbert Soliz
May 27, 2019
It was heartfelt sadness to hear the news that my dear friend Joseph's had passed. You will be missed my dear friend may God receive you with open arms and give you peace. My condolences to your family. H Pulse Martinez Dallas TX
H Pulse Martinez
May 27, 2019
It was heartfelt sadness to hear the news that my dear friend Joseph's had passed. You will be missed my dear friend may God receive you with open arms and give you peace. My condolences to your family. H Pulse Martinez Dallas TX
May 27, 2019
Joseph, my sincere condolences to your family and your daughter Gabby. Thank you for being my friend. I appreciated your sincerity and honesty. Tuffy, Juan Manuel, Simon and I always enjoyed going to Santa Fe, NM to visit with you during our trips to the western part of our country. Our prayers are with you and your family Joseph. Be at Peace dear friend with GOD Almighty in Heaven.
Tony Salinas
May 27, 2019
I was deeply saddened by the news of Joseph's passing. My heart felt condolences to you and your family. <
May 27, 2019
Montes Family

My sincerest condolences. Had the pleasure of working with Joseph on the Lou Gallegos campaign - was very sincere in his commitment to New Mexico citizens. May he rest in the arms of angles.
Tom Padilla
May 27, 2019
Back to the old days with Joe. He was campaign manager in 1984 for congressional candidate Lou Gallegos. I was communications officer. A fine gentleman and sharp political mind. Introduced me to Tomasita's chile. Thanks for your kindness, Joe.
May 26, 2019
With gratitude for your caring notes to Joe and our family.
The services are Thursday, May 30, 2019.
Patty Montes Burks
May 26, 2019
Dear Joseph, our prayers are with you and your dear family, with deepest condolences to your daughter Gabby, the love of your life. You will be always in our memories as a colleague and friend, for your leadership as a federal public servant & proactive contribution to the growth & development of small business enterprises in our country as the Regional Administrator (RA), Region VI (5 states), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). I am honored and proud to have served as the SBA Branch Manager, Corpus Christi, TX, during your management tenure as RA. Be at Peace our dear friend Joseph Montes with GOD Almighty in Heaven.
Simon H. Castillo & Family
May 25, 2019
Phil and I are heartbroken over the passing of this very special man. We prayer for sweet Gabby and all the people who loved him. May they find peace. May Joe Rest In Peace in heaven with all of God's good people. -Rosanne Archuletta
Rosanne Roberts Archuletta
May 25, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. He will always have a special place in my heart.
May 25, 2019
Sending my deepest and most sincere condolences to Joes family, especially his precious Gabby. Such a kind, bright, and strong individual. Truly blessed to have met him after attending a conference for the illness we both shared. You are an inspiration. I will truly miss my dear friend. Rest peacefully, Joe.
Fran Goodstat
May 25, 2019
Our sincere condolences to all of Joe's beloved family. Our hearts ache for you. May Our Lord Jesus wipe your tears and comfort you.
Leonard and Luci Maestas
May 24, 2019
It is with a sad heart I write thisJoe will always be remembered because he not only contributed so much to our NMSBDC and our small businesses but because he was genuinely a nice, kind person. I am blessed to have known him and worked with him. My prayers are with his daughter and his family--Julianna
Julianna Barbee
May 24, 2019
My condolences to the entire Montes family. God bless you all at this time and help you as you grieve.
Margie Fresquez
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