Louis R. (Louie) Montano
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. LOUIS (LOUIE) R. MONTANO Former Santa Fe Mayor, died on July 30, 2008, after an accidental fall while enjoying his beloved Santa Fe. Mr. Montano was born on January 18, 1928 in Roswell, NM. He lived most of his life in Santa Fe, NM. He attended St. Michael's High School and graduated from Albuquerque High in 1948. He also attended the College of Santa Fe and the University of New York. Mr. Montano was quite involved in the community and received a number of awards from the Chamber of Commerce, Boys Clubs of America, Boy Scouts of America, The State of New Mexico, various church organizations, and the City of Santa Fe. In 1950, he left his studies in the seminary to serve in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. Shortly after his tour of duty, he took the position of Director of the Santa Fe Boys Club, where he worked with Santa Fe Youth for some 27 years. He later worked for the State of New Mexico as an employment counselor, and later as Director in the Department of Labor. Mr. Montano served two terms on the Santa Fe City Council and was elected Mayor of the City of Santa Fe in 1982. Louie was the son of Jose and Macedonia Montano. He is survived by his brothers: Benjamin and Rudy; and his sisters: Rose Valdez, Jane Frank, Margaret Roybal, Mary Jo Sanchez, and Frances Carrillo. A Rosary will be recited Wednesday, August 6, 2008, 7 p.m. at St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, August 7, 2008, 10 a.m. at St. Francis Cathedral. Mr. Montano will be buried at the Santa Fe National Cemetery following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all donations be made to the American Heart Association. Arrangements are under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600

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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Aug. 5, 2008.
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October 29, 2008
Mr. Montano: It's been a few months since your passing and I just know that you and Jimmy Joe are having a great time together again. Thank you for being a great person who made a huge impact on a lot of people's lives. Until we meet again.
Carmen Ortiz (Gonzales) de Martinez
August 8, 2008
To the Montano Family:

Our deepest condolences to you on the loss of Louie. He made a real difference in Mary Esther's and our lives. We're sure he's happy now to be at rest and peace and finally getting to see her after all these years. God Bless you Louie.
Lorraine & Cecil Ortega
August 6, 2008
Mr. Montano,
Thank You Sir"
You Were a Great Leader/Successor.
You Will Be Missed.
Thank You For The Memories.
Journey Well My Friend...
Via Con Dios"
Lee (Leroy) Lujan
August 6, 2008
Mr. Montano Thank you so much for every thing you did for me and all the youth of Santa Fe..I will never forget you or the lessons and memories you taught me and all my "brothers" at the Boys' Club....Please put your arms around Jimmy Joe and all the other Boys' Club Boys' that surround you in heaven...

Boys' Club Boys'

Boys' Club boys' they like to live but when it comes to die...
you never hear them moan or groan you never hear them cry.....
they march right up that golden gate you bet your life they do.....
and when they meet St. Peter he's a Boys' Cluber too......

and if by chance you wonder from the straight and narrow path.....
and if you flunk your morals like you used to flunk your math.....
don't be disappointed when you hear that funeral bell....
for there's a shining Boys' Club at the very depths of heaven..

God Bless You Mr Montano....We all love you very much....Rest in Peace
Paul Gonzales
August 5, 2008
To the Pine Street Montaño Family

We are so sad to hear about Louie. Our condolences to all of you. Know that our prayers are with you and for Louie.

En paz descanse.

From the Pine Street Gale Family
Fred Gale
August 5, 2008
Mr. Montano, you will be missed. You were a great leader and a great human being. My prayers are with all your family, now and forever.
Greg Lucero
August 5, 2008
Good bye Louie and thank you for all you did for Santa Fe, may God bless you for now you are with the Angels and Saints, your work here on earth is done you can rest now knowing that the work you did here was rewarding and that you made a difference!
Eric Lujan
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