Victor N. Montoya
September 6, 1926 – September 4, 2019
Victor (Vic) N. Montoya was born in Gallup, New Mexico on September 6, 1926. He was surrounded by family when he peacefully left to be with his Lord on September 4, 2019, two days short of his 93rd birthday. Several days before his passing, he was told that a Mass in his honor would be held in Jerusalem on his birthday. That made him feel blessed and joyful. Vic was a member of the Knights of Columbus for 61 years. Vic was a World War II veteran who served under General MacArthur in the liberation of the Philippines, where he was wounded when his half-track vehicle was hit by enemy fire. He participated in the occupation of Japan before returning to the US to take advantage of the GI Bill. His pursuit of education led him to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This is where he met and married the love of his life, Dorothy Bahr, in 1948. It isn't hard to explain their devotion to one another as he always bought her a corsage on special occasions. They shared a bed until the end. Vic owned a television repair shop in Gallup before moving his family to Phoenix in 1969 where he worked for Arizona Wholesale as a electronics service manager and trainer. One passion he had was golf. Vic belonged to many leagues and golfed several times a week. He also golfed in the Senior Olympics, held every two years at different venues around the country where his family enjoyed walking the course to watch him play. Another passion he had was family gatherings for holidays, birthdays or just to go out and eat. Sometimes it could be a long wait to hear "Montoya, party of 12"! Vic had six children: Kathy (& Alex) Pastores, Carol Montoya, Barb Hopkins, Richard (& Masza) Montoya, Nancy (& Thomas) Church and Ron (& Jennifer) Montoya. There are many grand children and great-grand children, plus many cousins. Vic was preceded in death by his parents Victor & Bertha, and his daughter Carol. Visitation will be held at A.L. Moore- Grimshaw Mortuary, 710 W. Bethany Home Road at 6 PM on Thursday September 12th with a Rosary following at 7 PM. The service will be held at St. Simon & Jude, 6351 N. 27th Ave. at 10 AM on Friday September 13th, followed by a brief service at Resthaven Cemetery, 63rd Ave. and Northern. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Disabled Veterans of America charity. Vic was a true gentleman and one of the last things he said to his family was "thank you". This was a man who had a great love of friends, family, God and country.
You are invited to join the family for lunch at noon in the West Resthaven Funeral Home, 6450 W. Northern, Glendale.
- Victor Montoya, Father (deceased)
- Bertha Montoya, Mother (deceased)
- Dorothy Montoya, Spouse
- Kathy Pastores, Daughter
- Carol Montoya, Daughter (deceased)
- Barb Hopkins, Daughter
- Richard Montoya, Son
- Nancy Church, Daughter
- Ron Montoya, Son
- Alex Pastores, Son-in-law
- Masza Montoya, Daughter-in-law
- Thomas Church, Son-in-law
- Jennifer Montoya, Daughter-in-law
- Disabled Veterans of America charity
- Visitation Thursday, September 12, 2019
- Rosary Service Thursday, September 12, 2019
- Funeral Mass Friday, September 13, 2019
- Committal Service Friday, September 13, 2019
- Reception Friday, September 13, 2019
Victor N. Montoya
September 12, 2019
My husband Greg, and I send our sympathies and prayers for the loss of Vic. We lived up the street from them for 20 years before we moved away. They made us welcome to the neighborhood and our church.
For many years, Vic opened up the church every morning in time for the 6:15 am mass.
Wherever there was Vic, Dorothy was not far away, and visa versa. They were a lovely, happy couple who lived their marriage vows to the letter.
I know he left this world knowing how much he was loved and respected. He loved and respected you, as well.
It was always a pleasure to be around them.
God bless you with His strength at this time when your hearts are heavy.
L'Jeane and Greg Fairbourn
September 9, 2019
Dear Kathy and Alex and Family,
My sincere sympathy on the loss of your father. I know this is a hard time for you and you're in my prayers. If I can help in any way, please let me know.