06/12/74 - 11/14/98
Montoya's life was abruptly ended in a tragic apartment fire,
which was, allegedly, set intentionally by his "friend"
Don Jaramillo who took revenge on Matthew because Matthew was a
witness to the murder of Anthony C. Garcia in July of 1997,
committed by Paul Jaramillio. Matthew told the authorities
the truth when he was questioned. This truth took him
from his family, and especially Adrian (his son), at the age of
newspaper notice and eulogy were written for Matthew when his
family and friends believed that the fire was a terrible accident.
Matthew had a
special love for the young and elderly. Adrian (his son) was
his pride. Matthew was always willing to reach out and help
others, even though he didn't have much in "earthly
wealth". Matthew was good with his hand, even it it was
changing the oil in his Dad's car or putting together a computer
desk for his Mom (that came in 100's of pieces). Matthew was
very talented, he could do any task he set his mind to and do it
well. When Michelle (his sister) was going to prom he saved
up his lunch money and followed her to the restaurant where she
went for dinner, he paid the mariachis to serenade her (this was a
great deed because he loved to eat). He loved his brother Michael
and wanted to please him always, once while on a trip to Phoenix
to see the Denver Broncos play, Matt went outside the motel and
found an orange tree, he brought the oranges to Michael.
Michael told him, "Matthew they are probably poison."
He said, "No they're not, it's just food, eat
them." When Matthew was asked to administer IV
medications to his Nana, he didn't hesitate, while his older
brother and sis were "to chicken" to do it. WE
WON'T SAY GOODBYE NOW WE WANT YOU TO KNOW WE LOVE YOU AND WE WILL
SEE YOU LATER. IN JESUS' HANDS WE PLACE YOUR SOUL AND
SPIRIT, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN IN PARADISE. P.S. We
hope you're enjoying all the food in Heaven, 'cause you love to
From your family
and friends, especially Adrian.
Born June 12, 1974, Died Nov. 14, 1998. Preceded in
death by grandparents, Alex and Lela Santillanez (died Oct 7th.
1998.) / Juan and Vivianita Montoya. Survived by
parents Percy and Barbara Montoya. Brothers Michael Montoya,
and Paul Thurston and wife Marilyn, sister Michelle Montoya, son
Adrian E. Montoya whom he truly loved. Aunts, uncles,
cousins and niece, and nephew Theresa and Korey Robles.
Matthew never met a stranger, he was a friend to all. He was
loved by whomever he met. He will be greatly missed.