Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and dear friend, Raymond "Ray" L. Montoya, Sr., age 60, passed away August 2, 2000 to a cour-ageous battle with brain cancer, leaving behind heart-broken family and friends, but now joins his mother and father, whom he missed dearly, and now rests peacefully.
He was born Feb. 21, 1940 in Pagosa Springs, Colorado to Edward and Sophie Quintana Montoya.
Ray was raised in Price, where he met and married Gloria, his loving wife of 35 years. He lived most of his life in Price, where he raised his children. The love of his life was his family, going camping, flying and anything revolving around his broken hearted family.
He owned and operated Ray's Paint & Body Shop for 26 years. He was a hard worker and donated thousands of hours to the youth of our community. He loved to do anything for young people as he was also young at heart. He had a great sense of humor, a lover to life and giver to all. We cherish his memory and he will be in our hearts forever.
Survived by his wife, Gloria; children, Eddie Ray, Ray Jr., Mark, Chris and Elisha; his grandchildren, Eddie Ray Jr., Austin and Canessa; brothers, Orlando and Ed Jr. Montoya; sisters, Katie Lopez, Bertha Martinez, Frances Montoya and Cathy Pitcher; many nieces, nephews; and his close friends, Martie Ramirez, Deb Robison and countless others. Preceded in death by parents; brother, Frank Ortega; and sisters, Delores Owens and Julia Arzate.
Ray's wishes were to help educate cancer awareness and research.
The family would like to thank the University of Utah Hospital for all their love and supportive care.
Gloria would love to express how much she loved Ray and will miss him forever, until they meet again.
Elisha will always be "Daddy's Little Girl" and the sons can't wait until they can be loved, coached and disciplined once again.
Funeral service Wednesday, August 9, 2000, 11 a.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at Mitchell's Tuesday evening from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday one hour prior to services. Interment, Price City Cemetery.