Mr. Montoya was born July 4, 1924, in East Los Angeles and began work as a coffin maker at an early age. He joined the Army Air Forces at the beginning of World War II and became a flight engineer, stationed on the island of Tinian. After the war, he studied to become an X-ray technician before returning to service as a reserve. He served four years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He and his wife then settled in Lakewood to raise their family, and he earned his law degree at age 56.
Survivors include four children, Theresa Aimerito of Lakewood, Charles Montoya of Manteca, Eugene Montoya of Tracy and Christine Perez of Long Beach; two siblings, Mary Garduno of San Gabriel and Connie Wilson of Burbank; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his wife of 58 years, Gloria Montoya, who died in 2008; and two siblings.
On Sunday, a Mass will be dedicated to Mr. Montoya at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 163 W. Eaton Ave. He will be buried at sea.
Contributions in Mr. Montoya’s name may be sent to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (http://mda.org), P.O. Box 78960, Phoenix, AZ 85062-8960.
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