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Richard Ernest Montoya

Richard Ernest Montoya

Male 1935 - 1993  (58 years)

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  • Name Richard Ernest Montoya 
    • Named after his mother's brother - his Uncle Richard Ernest Spencer.
    Born 31 May 1935  Bingham Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Date/location of birth are from Utah Birth Certificate; U.S. Public Records Index, Volume I; and U.S. Social Security Death Index
      Richard E. Montoya born May 31, 1935 in Precinct #10, Bingham Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah; born at home at 547 Main Street; male; full term; Father was Joe Montoya of Bingham Canyon, Mexican, born Lyden, New Mexico; Mucker for U.S. Mining & Refining Co.; Mother was Pearl Eva Spencer, resident of Bingham Canyon, Mexican, age 20 who was born in Payson, Utah; housewife in her own home; Richard is her second child; born 2:30 a.m.; Physician was Paul S. Richards.

      Bingham Canyon is located in the Oquirrh Mountains approximately twenty-five miles southwest of Salt Lake City. The canyon was first settled in August 1848 by Mormon pioneers. The flood of immigrants that resulted made Bingham one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the State of Utah. It was estimated that in 1912, 65 percent of the residents were foreign born. Each ethnic group settled in a different area of the canyon, elevating the population to more than 15,000 by the 1920s. Bingham, due to its steep topography, had room for only one main street that snaked its way through nearly seven miles of canyon. This town, designed as a model mining community, was originally built by the Utah Copper Company not for the average miner, but for the company's management. The homes, which made extensive use of copper in their construction, were rented to employees until 1956, at which time they were sold to the residents.
    Richard Ernest Montoya - Birth Certificate
    Richard Ernest Montoya - Birth Certificate
    Gender Male 
    Census 1940  Bingham Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Indexed as Richard Montoya, age 5 born abt 1935 in Utah; white male; single son; living at 462 Main Street; House 462; Sheet 4A; father was born in New Mexico; mother was born in Utah; he has not attended school; he is living with his father C. Joe Montoya, age 35 and mother Eva Pearl, 25 (both parents had attended school through the 8th grade; father is a miner); siblings in the home are: Max, age 7, Juanita, age 3; and Eugene, age 1; also in the home is grandfather George Spencer, age 70; the family has two lodgers: Dave Werrett, age 71 and John Anderson, age 55; the family is renting their home for $15 
    Richard Ernest Montoya
    Richard Ernest Montoya
    (L-R) Siblings - Max, Juanita and Richard Montoya
    (L-R) Siblings - Max, Juanita and Richard Montoya
    Bingham Canyon, Utah - probably around 1938 - 1940
    Death of Parent 18 Jul 1949  Ogden, Weber County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Pearl Eva Spencer Montoya and sister Juanita Montoya were killed in a head-on car accident. Richard and brother Max Montoya were seriously injured.  
    A Young Boy in Ogden, Utah
    A Young Boy in Ogden, Utah
    (Taking a little creative license) written by Judy L. Curbow
    Newspaper Event 14 Jun 1953  Ogden, Weber County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Published Ogden Standard Examiner- Driver Sentenced - For driving a vehicle without an operator's license, Richard E. Montoya, 18 of 2743 Union Avenue, was sentenced in city court to pay $15 and serve 10 days in jail. The jail sentence was suspended providing Montoya appear before the court with a driver's permit in two weeks. 
    Richard E. Montoya - Published June 14 1953 on the Ogden Standard Examiner
    Richard E. Montoya - Published June 14 1953 on the Ogden Standard Examiner
    Richard Ernest Montoya
    Richard Ernest Montoya
    16 years old; photo taken while working in ammunitions factory.
    Military 30 Apr 1954 
    Enlistment - United States Army; Boot Camp - Fort Ord, California
    Reenlisted:
    25 Apr 1956
    24 Apr 1959
    25 Apr 1965
    24 Apr 1971
    31 Mar 1974 
    Richard Ernest Montoya - Military
    Richard Ernest Montoya - Military
    Newspaper Event 4 Dec 1957  Frankfurt am Main - Hochst, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Article published Ogden Standard Examiner on 4 Dec 1957
    Joins in Combat Tests in Germany Specialist 2.C. Richard E. Montoya, son of Joe C. Montoya, 2734 Union, recently participated in an Army training test with members of the V Corps' 317th Combat Engineeer Battalion near Hochst, Germany. During the test, Specialist Montoya helped build a a floating bridge across the Maine River, laid minefields and carried out tasks in combat demolitions. The 22 year old solder attended Lewis School.  
    Richard E. Montoya
    Richard E. Montoya
    Published Ogden Standard Examiner 4 Dec 1957
    Richard E. Montoya
    Richard E. Montoya
    Residence 1958  Ogden, Weber County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    U.S. City Directories:
    Ogden, Utah, City Directory, 1958
    Richd USA r2734 Union Ave 
    Military Dec 1966 - Dec 1967  Bear Cat Camp, Vietnam Find all individuals with events at this location 
    First Tour to Vietnam -
    My father was stationed the first time in "Camp Bear Cat." Bear Cat was a military base in Vietnam, utilized by the Americans, Australians, and Thais. It was located just north of the village of Long Thanh and a little north of Saigon. Bear Cat was the home of the 9th Infantry Division and its many supporting elements. More than 10,000 soldiers were located there at one time. Today, Bear Cat is an Army Officer's School for the Vietnamese Army, a mangrove plantation, and a rubber plantation. Besides the base itself, about 2 miles long and a mile wide, soldiers cleared an area out from the perimeter of about 1,000 meters to give them a clear line of sight and fire. 
    Memories and Ramblings - My Father's First Tour to Vietnam written by Judy L. Curbow
    Memories and Ramblings - My Father's First Tour to Vietnam written by Judy L. Curbow
    Richard Montoya - at Bear Cat Camp - Vietnam
    Richard Montoya - at Bear Cat Camp - Vietnam
    Richard Ernest Montoya
    Richard Ernest Montoya
    Bear Cat Camp, Vietnam
    Military 1970 - 1971 
    Second Tour to Vietnam - Da Nang Air Base. Da Nang was a Republic of Vietnam Air Force facility. The United States used it as a major base during the Vietnam War, stationing Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine units there.  
    Richard Montoya
    Richard Montoya
    Military 15 Jan 1971 
    Awarded The Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service:
    DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
    This is to certify that the Secretary of the Army has awarded THE ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL to Sergeant First Class Richard E. Montoya, 528-40-4109 United States Army for Meritorious Service with United States Army Material Command, Europe from January 1968 to January 1971. Given under my hand in the City of Washington this 15th day of January 1971.
    Signed J. E. Pieklik, Major General, USA Commanding and Stanley R. Resor, Secretary of the Army, United States of America - War Office.
    "While chief of the Inventory Section, Stock Acconting Branch, SFC Montoya was in charge of the first complete inventory conducted by the United States Army Material Command, Europe, since the move out of France. Without his leadership ability and knowledge of logistics, the inventory program would not have achieved its intended purpose of improving asset reliability in the European Theater. With the creation of the Plans and Programs Office, SFC Montoya was specifically chosen to be NCOIC of this new office. He gave unselfishly of himself to his men on all matters, earning the respect and admiration of all and many associates. SFC Montoya's outstanding accomplishments and meritorious service reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army."
    (The Army Commendation Medal (ARCOM) was established by War Department Circular 377, 18 December 1945 (amended in DA General Orders 10, 31 March 1960). The ARCOM is awarded to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving in any capacity with the Army after 6 December 1941, distinguishes himself or herself by heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service. Award may be made to a member of the Armed Forces of a friendly foreign nation who, after 1 June 1962, distinguishes himself or herself by an act of heroism, extraordinary achievement, or meritorious service which has been of mutual benefit to a friendly nation and the United States.) 
    Richard E. Montoya - Army Commendation for Meritorious Service
    Richard E. Montoya - Army Commendation for Meritorious Service
    Retired 31 Jul 1976  Fort Hood, Coryell County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Retired from active duty - My father's last duty station was Fort Hood, Texas. His military file contains many letters of commendations and praises from superiors (see below). He was a Marksman (Rifle); Sharpshooter (Rifle); and Expert (.45 Cal. Pistol). He received the national Defense Service Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Commendation Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry w/Palm; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Vietnam Service Medal w/1 Silver Service Star.

    Enlisted Efficiency Report by Gene A. Venzke, LTC, SC dated 23 Apr 1975: "SFC Montoya is one of the most knowledgable, aggressive and spirited NCO's I have ever served with. His intense drive to get the job done with a minimum of supervision has earned him the respect of the entire battalion. SFC Montoya has been the de facto S-4 for a period of two months in the absence of the assigned S-4 and has performed admirably. He actively supports the Army EOP and is definately 1SG material." 
    Richard E. Montoya - U.S. Army - Retirement
    Richard E. Montoya - U.S. Army - Retirement
    Occupation 1976 - 1993  Austin, Travis County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    After retirement from the U.S. Army, Richard worked in security for Texas Instruments.  
    Richard Ernest Montoya - at Texas Instruments
    Richard Ernest Montoya - at Texas Instruments
    Will 12 Mar 1993  Austin, Travis County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Execution of Last Will and Testament of Richard E. Montoya 
    Died 2 August 1993  Austin, Travis County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    • Date is from Texas Death Index/Death Certificate
      Richard Ernest Montoya, male, died 2 Aug 1993 in Seton Northwest Hospital in Austin, Travis County, Texas; born 31 May 1935 in Bingham Canyon, Utah; age 58; 528-40-4107; Caucasian; Hispanic origin - Castillian; was a member of the Armed Forces; 12 years of school; Married - Christa Geier; security at Texas Instruments; resident of 12311 Black Angus Drive in Austin; Father was Joe C. Montoya; Mother was Pearl Spencer; cause of death was Gram Negative Septicemia due to recurrent Adendcarcinoma of the colon (also renal azotimin and dehydration). Death Certificate was later amended to correct social security number.
    Richard Ernest Montoya - Death Certificate
    Richard Ernest Montoya - Death Certificate
    Buried 5 Aug 1993  Austin, Travis County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Memorial Service was held at Cook Walden Chapel of the Hills in Austin, Texas. No burial - cremated.
    Probate 31 Jan 1994  Austin, Travis County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate - Letters Testamentary Issued 
    Social Security Data U.S. Social Security Death Index: R. E. Montoya; 528-40-4109; born 31 May 1935; died 15 Aug 1993 {THIS IS INCORRECT]; Issued Utah (before 1951) 
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    Notes 
    • Memories - from Jake Montoya - My dad (Louis Celestino Montoya) likes to tell stories of Uncle Richard. How he used to hug on my brother and give him whisker burn when he was a baby. My best memory of Uncle Richard was when I was a kid, not sure about the age, but I must of been 5 or 6, I made a $20 bet with him on something. I lost. He demanded I pay up. Being a 5 or 6 year old kid, I didn't have $20. I started crying, more like bawling. He picked me up and hugged on me and told me I didn't have to pay up. He was laughing so hard. I wish I could have known him better, Grandpa Joe too. Man I miss them.
    Person ID P3  Curbow Montoya Family | Curbow Family Branch, Geier Family Branch, Lipsdorf Family Branch, Montoya Family Branch, Spencer Family Branch
    Last Modified 6 Aug 2015 

    Father Jose Celestino Encarnacion Montoya,   b. 25 March 1905, Bosque, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 October 1988, Ogden, Weber County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Pearl Eva Spencer,   b. 22 Sept 1914, Payson, Utah County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 July 1949, Ogden, Weber County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years) 
    Family ID F6  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family C.M. Geier 
    Children 
     1. Michael J. Montoya,   b. 31 Mar 1959, Fort Riley, Geary County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1959, Fort Riley, Geary County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +2. J.L. Montoya
    +3. J.P. Montoya
    Photos
    Family of Richard Montoya
    Family of Richard Montoya
    Richard and Christa Montoya; mother-in-law Anna Marta
    Geier; Judy and Joan Montoya
    Marriage Records
    Richard Montoya x Christa Geier - German Marriage Certificate - Page 1
    Richard Montoya x Christa Geier - German Marriage Certificate - Page 1
    Richard Montoya x Christa Geier - German Marriage Certificate Page 2
    Richard Montoya x Christa Geier - German Marriage Certificate Page 2
    Last Modified 25 Oct 2014 14:50:00 
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 31 May 1935 - Bingham Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Indexed as Richard Montoya, age 5 born abt 1935 in Utah; white male; single son; living at 462 Main Street; House 462; Sheet 4A; father was born in New Mexico; mother was born in Utah; he has not attended school; he is living with his father C. Joe Montoya, age 35 and mother Eva Pearl, 25 (both parents had attended school through the 8th grade; father is a miner); siblings in the home are: Max, age 7, Juanita, age 3; and Eugene, age 1; also in the home is grandfather George Spencer, age 70; the family has two lodgers: Dave Werrett, age 71 and John Anderson, age 55; the family is renting their home for $15 - 1940 - Bingham Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath of Parent - Mother Pearl Eva Spencer Montoya and sister Juanita Montoya were killed in a head-on car accident. Richard and brother Max Montoya were seriously injured. - 18 Jul 1949 - Ogden, Weber County, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNewspaper Event - Published Ogden Standard Examiner- Driver Sentenced - For driving a vehicle without an operator's license, Richard E. Montoya, 18 of 2743 Union Avenue, was sentenced in city court to pay $15 and serve 10 days in jail. The jail sentence was suspended providing Montoya appear before the court with a driver's permit in two weeks. - 14 Jun 1953 - Ogden, Weber County, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNewspaper Event - Article published Ogden Standard Examiner on 4 Dec 1957 Joins in Combat Tests in Germany Specialist 2.C. Richard E. Montoya, son of Joe C. Montoya, 2734 Union, recently participated in an Army training test with members of the V Corps' 317th Combat Engineeer Battalion near Hochst, Germany. During the test, Specialist Montoya helped build a a floating bridge across the Maine River, laid minefields and carried out tasks in combat demolitions. The 22 year old solder attended Lewis School. - 4 Dec 1957 - Frankfurt am Main - Hochst, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - U.S. City Directories: Ogden, Utah, City Directory, 1958 Richd USA r2734 Union Ave - 1958 - Ogden, Weber County, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRetired - Retired from active duty - My father's last duty station was Fort Hood, Texas. His military file contains many letters of commendations and praises from superiors (see below). He was a Marksman (Rifle); Sharpshooter (Rifle); and Expert (.45 Cal. Pistol). He received the national Defense Service Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Commendation Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry w/Palm; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Vietnam Service Medal w/1 Silver Service Star. Enlisted Efficiency Report by Gene A. Venzke, LTC, SC dated 23 Apr 1975: "SFC Montoya is one of the most knowledgable, aggressive and spirited NCO's I have ever served with. His intense drive to get the job done with a minimum of supervision has earned him the respect of the entire battalion. SFC Montoya has been the de facto S-4 for a period of two months in the absence of the assigned S-4 and has performed admirably. He actively supports the Army EOP and is definately 1SG material." - 31 Jul 1976 - Fort Hood, Coryell County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - After retirement from the U.S. Army, Richard worked in security for Texas Instruments. - 1976 - 1993 - Austin, Travis County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - Execution of Last Will and Testament of Richard E. Montoya - 12 Mar 1993 - Austin, Travis County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 August 1993 - Austin, Travis County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 5 Aug 1993 - Austin, Travis County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - Probate - Letters Testamentary Issued - 31 Jan 1994 - Austin, Travis County, Texas Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Histories
    History/Meaning of the Montoya Surname
    History/Meaning of the Montoya Surname

    Photos
    Richard Ernest Montoya
    Richard Ernest Montoya
    Abt 21 years old

    Albums
    Montoya
    Montoya (41)
    Montoya Family Media and Histories

  • Sources 
    1. [S2159750128] U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.Original data - Merlin Data Publishing Corporation, comp. Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings. Merli).

    2. [S4273286779] 1940 United States Federal Census , (United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.), Source Citation: Year: 1940; Census Place: Bingham Canyon, Salt Lake, Utah; Roll: T627_4216; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 18-45.

    3. [S2371468177] Ogden Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah), Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.Original data - Ogden Standard Examiner. Ogden, Utah, United States Of America. Database created from microfilm copies of the newspaper.Original data: Ogden Standard Examiner. Ogden, Ut).
      Published 14 Jun 1953
      Published 4 Dec 1975

    4. [S294358663] U.S. City Directories, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2008.Original data - Original sources vary according to directory. The title of the specific directory being viewed is listed at the top of the image viewer page. Check the directory titl), Ogden, Utah, City Directory, 1958 .

    5. [S2624639133] Texas Death Index, 1903-2000, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.Original data - Texas Department of Health. Texas Death Indexes, 1903-2000. Austin, TX, USA: Texas Department of Health, State Vital Statistics Unit.Original data: Texas Department of).
      Richard Montoya; 2 Aug 1993; Travis County; Male

    6. [S2624729542] Social Security Death Index, (Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security), Source Citation: Number: 528-40-4109; Issue State: Utah; Issue Date: Before 1951.

    7. [S13] Global, Find A Grave Index for Non-Burials, Burials at Sea, and other Select Burial Locations.
      Richard Ernest Montoya; born 31 May 1935 in Bingham Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah; died 2 Aug 1993 in Austin, Travis County, Texas