Thomas Montez obituary (1950-2021) – Ogden, UT

Thomas Floyd Montez

June 6, 1950 to July 30, 2021

Tom was born on June 6, 1950 at home in Bingham Canyon, UT, to Joe Montez and Josephine Lopez. Tom left this world on July 30th, 2021

In 1972 Tom married Gloria and have been together for 50 years, married 49 and will now dance together in heaven for all eternity!

Tom went ahead in death with his loving wife, Gloria. Tom leaves behind his two daughters Ranae (Jerry) Prieto and Heather (Manuel) Lopez and his beloved pug Sammy. He had 7 grandchildren: Valerie, Vincent, Daniel, Ashley, Teresa, Angelisa and Dominique. He also had 16 great-grandchildren traveling with one; and surviving siblings, two sisters and one brother. In death he was preceded by his mother, three brothers and two sisters,

He lived in Sunny Side, UT until he was 10 years old when they moved to Ogden, UT for the rest of his life. He joined the U.S. Army in 1967 at the age of 17, went to Vietnam, and served with the 101, a combat infantry badge, and seven campaign stars. He returned for a second tour in January 1970 and served as a weapons instructor for the Screaming Eagles. He was honorably discharged at the age of 20. Tom helped veterans most of his life at VFW, DAV, VVA, MOPH, and American Legion.

He was a brave, courageous man who was a devoted Catholic. He loved quoting scriptures to everyone and testing knowledge of every religious belief. He loved spending time with family, smoking joints, going fishing, and camping whenever and wherever the opportunity was. Tom also loved playing his harmonica for the family so they could enjoy the tunes. He was ALWAYS the first to arrive and the last to go. He will be remembered for his “terrible” grandpa jokes, dancing, and intelligence in everything; he spoke with kind words and had a big heart. He loved telling stories and he loved telling about his Vietnam days. He was an entrepreneur who started his own law firm after serving at Hill Air Force Base and retired in 1996. We will miss him. We love you papa bear.

Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, August 6, 2021 at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 514 24th Street, Ogden. Friends can join family with family on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Rosary at 7 p.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. Funeral, Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd., where military honors are given.

Published by Lindquist Mortuary – Ogden August 4-5, 2021.

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