Mark Gonzalo Montiel Sr.
October 21, 1957 – January 2, 2020
Judge Mark Gonzalo Montiel Sr. (62) died unexpectedly January 2, 2020 at his longtime home in Montgomery, Alabama. He is predeceased by his father Gonzalo Fitch Montiel and his mother Voncile Long Buffat. He is survived by his children Lucile Frazier Pilkerton (Jonathan), Mark Gonzalo Montiel, Jr. (Michelle), and Mackenzie Grace Montiel, his brothers Robert Michael Montiel (Antionette) and William Richardo Montiel (Mindy), his grandchildren Anne Lucile Pilkerton, Helen Elizabeth Montiel, and Mary Wells Pilkerton. He is also survived by his beloved dogs Honey, Baby, and Pumpkin.
Mark was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. He attended University Military School in Mobile. He graduated from The University of South Alabama and attended Law School at the University of Alabama. Mark served as Legal Advisor to Governor Guy Hunt, as a Circuit Judge, and as a Criminal Appeals Judge. Although he developed a no-nonsense reputation in criminal law, Mark was extremely proud to be part of the Five Judge Panel that acquitted Walter McMillian for a murder he did not commit, later cinematized in the 2019 film “Just Mercy.”
Upon entering private practice Mark zealously represented his clients for many years. Never one to shy away from a fight, Mark took on partisan redistricting, parking cameras, State budgets, tax increases, and other conservative causes. He believed strongly in government accountability, which eventually lead to him become a Radio Talk Show Host in the River Region. Many listeners found Mark’s no holds barred style to be a breath of fresh air in local and state Politics.
Mark’s friends and family will miss his daily Facebook musings, his hot political takes, and his willingness to stand up for what he believed in.
Pallbearers will be Douglas L. Anderson, H. William Wasden, Michael M. Eley, Branch D. Kloess, Dr. Harrell Bullard, Robert Lee DeMoss III Harrison Frazier Carter, and Mark D. Wilkerson.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at St. James United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 6, 2020 with Minister John Schmidt officiating. Visitation to be held one hour prior to the service. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at Mobile Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers and in support of Mark’s love of animals, please donate to the Montgomery Humane Society.
- Visitation Monday, January 6, 2020
- Celebration of Life Service Monday, January 6, 2020
Mark Gonzalo Montiel Sr.
January 8, 2020
He will be missed . I have often said, Don't Live Life as if You were alone, Mark did not. He made his presence known and more importantly, He made a difference in Others Lives too. I shall miss Him. He told Me all the time, Him and I would share a room in Heaven. We disagreed on many things during "Our" Show together, But I hope He was right about this One more important thing. If it is GOD's Will, I shall See You again My Friend.Blessing to You Mark Montiel (jr) and McKenzie Mackenzie Montiel Your Father was a One of a kind.
January 5, 2020
I worked with Mark on a big investigation in Mobile when he was with the Attorney General’s office. Mark was a good attorney and a fine man.
Bob Scheer, ABI retired
January 4, 2020
I was an occasional court reporter in depositions with Mark with Reagan Reporters. Mark was always kind and respectful and a pleasure to work with. I have been out of touch since leaving the legal field, but he had a positive impact on me. Rest In Peace, Mark. You truly touched my soul with your presence in this world.
January 3, 2020
Mr. Montiel was a sweet man that helped me regain my confidence and prayed with me as we began the process. He was my lawyer and family friend. Mark will be incredibly missed, what a wonderful soul he was! Praise be to God for His mercy!
January 3, 2020
I met Mark when he was 14 years old and a student at UMS school when he came to volunteer for Charlie Graddicks’s first campaign for public office when he ran for district attorney. We remained friends until his death when I last spoke to him the week before his death.
Mark was a wonderful lawyer who I tried two cases with in a three year period the last resulting in one of the top ten jury verdicts in Alabama in 2007. He had such great skills and did one of the best cross examinations of an expert I ever saw.
I cannot imagine he is no longer with us. He genuinely cared about other people and had found contentment in his life . It breaks my heart not to have been able to talk to him one last time. I will always miss him.