Obituary for MONTOYA

Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Saturday October 31, 2009

Horacio Montoya, born April 16, 1916 in Taos, New Mexico to Jose Vidal and Zoraida Vigil Montoya. Our loving husband, father and grandfather passed away October 27, 2009 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Lydia, Celia, and Claudina, and his brothers, Ernesto, Eli, Jose, Rudolpho, and Ben. Horacio is survived by his loving wife of sixty-one years, Loyola Montoya; children, Carlos Montoya and wife Dolores, Victor Montoya and wife Carolyn, Michaela Montoya, Loretta Robledo and husband Miguel, and Adrian Montoya and fiancee, Rita Felter; grandchildren, Stephanie, Rachel, Alejandro, Gabriel and his fiancee, Jessica, Andres, Veronica, Michael, Adrian, Lucas and Alana; great-grandson, Alex, and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members. His military service included the 200th Coast Artillery mobilized for active duty from the Taos Armory on January 6, 1941. The 200th Coast Artillery unit landed in the Philippine Islands on September 20, 1941 and fought until their capture at the fall of Bataan with his brother, Ben Montoya. Horacio was a survivor of the Bataan Death March and 3 1/2 years of Japanese POW incarceration. His military decorations include the Bronze Star, Distinguished Unit Citation, American Defense Ribbon, WWII Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 2 Bronze stars, Liberation of Philippines (awarded by the Philippine Army) and the American Ex-Prisoners of War Medal. Horacio recently completed and published his war time memoirs in a book entitled Rising Sun Over Bataan. Friends may visit with the Montoya family at French Mortuary, Lomas location, on Sunday, November 1, 2009 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., with a prayer service starting at 6:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Our Lady of The Assumption Catholic Church, Lomas and Tennessee, on Monday, November 2, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Pallbearers will be Gabriel Montoya, Alejandro Montoya, Andres Montoya, Adrian Montoya, Lucas Montoya, and Reuben Montoya. Interment will follow church service at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Please visit our online guestbook for Horacio at www.RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500

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