Obituary: Jose Ben Montoya Of Nambe
Jose Ben Montoya, a loving husband, father, grandfather & great grandfather from Nambe passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2016. He is survived by his Children: Erlinda and husband, Bert Ortiz; Elizabeth and husband, Robert Findling; Elaine and husband, David Duran; and sons Rick Montoya and Esto Montoya; surrogated children: Angela Corriz and Michelle Gonzales; thirteen grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. Siblings: Ramon Montoya, Fernanda (Fernie) Giron, Michael Montoya, Roadrunner Café staff; and many other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife & soul mate Lorraine, his parents, Ramon and Frances Montoya, in-laws, Carmel and Juanita Romero; sister, Mary Roybal, brother, Leroy Montoya; daughter, Lourdes Montoya; Granddaughter, Ursula Duran and God child, Steven Montoya.
He was a United States Korean War Navy Veteran where he met Bill Atkins–a friend for 65 years. He worked at and retired from the Los Alamos National Laboratories. He and His wife, Lorraine, owned and operated the Roadrunner Café since the early 80’s. He was a man of all talents. He could fix anything–cars, machinery, electronics, etc. He loved the outdoors. Ben and his wife fostered children in the 60’s and 70’s and are Godparents to many children. Words cannot describe what a great man he was; we are so blessed to have had him in our lives.
The Rosary will be held at the Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe in Pojoaque on Tuesday, January 12 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be at Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe in Pojoaque at 9:00 a.m, on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 followed by burial at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe at 11:15 a.m. Pallbearers: Marcos Ortiz, Matthew Ortiz, JoDaniel Duran, Keith Herrera, Alfred Trujillo, and Gerard Valdez; Honorary Pallbearers: Bert Ortiz, Frudy Herrera, Bill Atkins, Julian Valdez, Gary Salazar, Ramon Montoya, and Michael Montoya.
Arrangements by Rivera Family Funeral Home