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Jan. 26, 1937 — Nov. 20, 2010
Monty passed away at home on Nov. 20, 2010, with his daughters, brother and numerous other family members at his bedside. He was loved. He put up a courageous and hard fight and never once did he complain — he remained kind to everyone and often shared his trademark wink and
Monty was born in North Hollywood, Calif., on Jan. 26, 1937, to Jack and Vella Montgomery. He lived most of his life in El Dorado County. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda A. Hoover. He is survived by his loving children: son, Mark Montgomery; daughters and their husbands, Michelle and Robert Fritz, Sharon and Jerry Lehman, Christina and Marvin Craghead; son-in-law, Chris Hoover; siblings, Jackie Elder and Johnny and Robert Montgomery; grandchildren, Matthew, Angela, Benjamin, Paul, Jason, Joshua, Christine, Bryan, Courtney, Christopher, Kyle, Christopher and Elizabeth; and great-grandchildren, Lexy, Jeffrey, Sierra and Audrey.
Monty served in the United States Marine Corps for 17 years as a staff Sergeant. He was in the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Korean Conflict. After leaving his career in the Marines he worked for a time as a Deputy Sheriff with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department before beginning his career with the California Highway Patrol’s Placerville office. He worked as the maintenance and auto shop man for 28 years before retiring. Monty let it be known often that all the fine people at the C.H.P. office were indeed considered a large part of his family.
Monty loved life and he had many hobbies. He was a talented artist, he loved fishing and camping and he loved to sing — especially with his friends at the Irish Pub in Diamond Springs on Karaoke Night. He and his beautiful smile will be greatly missed by his family and many, many friends.
A celebration of life will be held on Dec. 4 at the Cold Springs Community Church, 2600 Cold Springs Road in Placerville, Calif., at 10 a.m. Private inurnment has been held. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers please make donations to California Highway Patrol, 1199 Club (Officers killed in the line of duty Widows and Orphans Fund), P.O. Box 1417, Placerville, CA 95667. Condolences and a guest book can be signed at chapelofthepinesfunerals.com.