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.
Please send condolences to the family at: www.leavittsmortuary.com
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
A Rosary will begin at 7:30 pm.
Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Address:4050 South 3900 West , , West Haven, UT,
Date: Friday, March 17, 2017
Time: 10:30 am -
Leavitt's Crystal Gardens Mausoleum
Address:836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403