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Obituary for Cristobal “Chris” Montoya

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Cristobal “Chris” Montoya

May 8, 1931 - March 10, 2017

Chris was born May 8, 1931 to Genoveva Aragon and Alfredo Montoya in Cuba, NM and departed this earth on March 10, 2017.
He served his country honorably from November 9, 1951 to July 8, 1953 during the Korean War. He then made his life in Ogden and Roy, Utah. He married in August 1952 and later divorced in 1973. From this union he raised five children.


He then married NORMA Montoya on August 5, 1978 in Elko. NV and forever affectionately referred to her as ‘Boobie’  and gained two step children. They enjoyed dancing, trips to Montana and New Mexico, gambling on a day trip to Wendover, NV or a week in Mesquete, NV.
He retired after 33 years of service at Hill Air Force Base. He was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  His faith was a very important part of his life. He also enjoyed his time and membership with The Men’s Club at the Parrish.


He owned and operated two Mexican Restaurant’s in the 60’s and was very proud of those accomplishments. He enjoyed working in his garage on 21st Street repairing and painting cars and spending time with his brothers and friends.


In the late 80’s he took up golf and it became his new passion. After getting a ‘Hole in One’ in August 1994 there was no stopping him. He enjoyed golfing with the Railroaders, his son, Chris and anyone who would raise their “sword” at him. He always enjoyed life, but mostly when he could bring his family, extended family and friends together in his home or garage for any occasion for food, music, love and lots of laughter.
He is survived by his wife NORMA Montoya; Daughter, WEDA and Bryan Cooper, Daughter, VIVIAN Montoya, Daughter, MADDY and Danny Guillot, Daughter, ROSIE Wilde, Son, CHRIS and Peggy Montoya, Daughter, JACCI and Dan Snow, Son, JON Ericson; Sister, Rosa Sanchez, Brother, Tranquillino and Eloise Montoya, Sister-in-law, Ofelia Montoya, Sister-in-law, Tootie and Gary Collier. He was blessed with 22 Grandchildren and 30 Great-Grandchildren.
Chris was preceded death by his parent; five brothers, Federico and Margaret Montoya, Manuel and Virginia Montoya, Eliseo and Tina Montoya, Alfredo and Jerry Montoya and Filiberto Montoya; three sisters, Elsira Rios, Sylviana Vasquez, Carlotta Lovato; Son-in-law, Craig Wilde; Grandson, Koby Harris and Granddaughter, Melisa Courtney.
The family would like to thank all the staff at the George E. Wahlen Ogden Veterans Home for the respect, love and care they gave Chris and also the kindness, patience and understanding that was shown to our family. We couldn’t have gotten through these last year’s without all of you.


In lieu of flowers the family request that you donate to the George E. Wahlen Ogden Veterans Home in Chris’ name or to a Charity of your choice.


A Viewing will be on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm with a Rosary starting at 7:30 pm at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.  Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 10:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 4050 S. 3900 W. West Haven, UT.


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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

A Rosary will begin at 7:30 pm.



Service Information

Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

St. Mary's Catholic Church


4050 South 3900 West , , West Haven, UT,

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Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, March 17, 2017

Time: 10:30 am -

Leavitt's Crystal Gardens Mausoleum


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

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Nicheside Service


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Born: May 8, 1931
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Patrick & Marti Verfurth posted on 3/19/17

When we arrived in Utah in the late sixties we knew no-one until we met Chris. He got us involved with his friends and their activities and soon we were "just part of the crowd". We played golf often and Chris particularly enjoyed the weekly outings with the St. Mary's women and men. Some of the money raising projects St. Mary's Men's Club were not work but were just fun with Chris leading the way. Then we would settle down for some poker which Chris enjoyed immensely. Chris invited me once to go on a trip to Mesquite with he and his sons. We had a great time. Marti and I left Utah in the early nineties and never saw Chris again, but the memories of him as a kind, charitable, friendly, dependable, considerate man that he was. He was THE MAN that we should emulate. He showed us the way!


Garth Dano posted on 3/14/17

Norma and the Montoya family, I deeply regret I cannot be there with you all to participate in the Rosary and Mass celebrating Chris' life. He was an extraordinary and truly wonderful human being. He was always so thoughtful and kind to me. I will never forget his smile, laughter and way... I was honored to have been lucky enough to know him and you all. I am sending love and prayers to all of you in the hope it may assuage the depth of your bereavement. My deepest sympathy to the Montoya family. I know Chris is smiling down on all of you - so proudly... Love, garth


Trish Williams posted on 3/14/17

Weda and family, I am so sorry to read about the passing of your Dad. I remember his smile, his laugh and his big heart. We are still in Arizona at this time and can't make it to Utah now. I don't want to bore you with all the sayings at this time, but sending a lot of love and prayers your way.


Kipp Dahl posted on 3/13/17

My condolences. I thought alot of Chris. Just a real genuine good man.


Leroy Atencio posted on 3/13/17

Norma our condolences for the passing of Chris. He was a true friend. I knew Chris and his parents for many years. I have many fond memories of playing golf with Chris, my many visits at his garage and his famous Mexican restaurant. Glad I was able to stay in touch with him through the years even after moving away from Utah. You were his angel in disguise as you faithfully cared for him over the many years of his illness. You are in our thoughts and prayers . Leroy and Mary Ann Atencio