The services for Ramon Montoya on Monday, March 19

10:00 a.m. at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 511 Alicia Street, Santa Fe (corner of Hickock and Alicia Street)

A Rosary is also scheduled at St. Anne’s at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 18

This Obituary provided by Rivera Family Funeral Home


Ramon Isaac Montoya July 23, 1933 – March 13, 2018. He passed away at home at the age of 84, when his big loving heart gave its last beat to this world. He was born in Nambe, NM to Ramon and Frances Montoya. Ramon is preceded in death by the love of his life, Socorro, whom he lovingly cared for during her illness; parents: Ramon and Frances, brothers: Leroy and Ben, sister: Mary, and many other relatives.
He married Socorro Ortiz in 1957 and they had 9 children, Magdalene, Charles, Ernestine, Angela, Daniel, Gloria, Phillip, Diana Lehman (Mark) and Veronica Cedeno Montoya (Douglas). They were blessed with 24 grandchildren: Diego, Miguel, Naomi, Natali, Isaac, Joel, Josh, Hannah, Jacob, Krystine, Katrina, Laurie, Steven, Mario, Therese, Angelo, Jennifer, Michael, Jessica, Sarah, Hannah, Eric, Jared, and Derek. There were 18 great grandchildren: Madalyn, Julia, Elijah, Juliana, Josiah, Amaiyah, Malachi, Aaliyah, Judah, Titus, Sharahla, Ella, Christina, Jocelyn, B. Arron, Demetrio, Anthony, and James. Honorary family members: Patricia Marciano, Kirk Allen and Cindy Montoya. Ramon is also survived by the many special friends from the Seniors on Bikes club, the Chavez Center, and everyone else he met during his lifetime. Ramon was quite the social butterfly.
Ramon was an avid bicyclist skier and swimmer. He belonged to the Santa Fe Seniors on Bikes (SOB) Club. He rode in the Santa Fe Century, Enchanted Circle Bike Tour, La Tierra Torture and a few other races. Ramon won numerous medals and awards in the Senior Olympics for biking and swimming at the County, State and National levels. He represented New Mexico in the 2005 National Senior Olympics in Pittsburg, PA in biking, for his age group. When he wasn’t swimming competitively, he enjoyed swimming every morning at the Chavez Center, then socializing with his friends in the hot tub. Ramon took up skiing when he was 60 years old. He skied at some of the top resorts in Colorado, Lake Tahoe, Taos, and Santa Fe. He loved staying active.
Ramon worked in the parts department of Santa Fe Motors for twenty years, and then worked as a purchasing agent for the State of NM, until he retired in 1996. He was a member of the Pojoaque council of the Union Catolica del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus and the Union Protectiva de Santa Fe. He also enjoyed working in his yard, spending time with his family, and socializing with his many friends.
He loved being adventurous and traveled to Venezuela and Argentina to spend time with his daughter, Veronica, who was working there.
The family of Ramon would like to thank the following organizations that provided excellent and companionate care he received: Santa Fe Fire Department, Christus St. Vincent Hospital Emergency Department, Surgical Department, Pulmonary Care, Critical Care Department, 2200 Nursing Unit, Christus St. Vincent Heart and Vascular Clinic, Presbyterian Medical Group, University of New Mexico Hospital and Ambercare Hospice. They would especially like to thank Dr. Derek Batson with Christus St. Vincent.
Pallbearers are: Miguel Gonzales, Isaac Montoya, Mario Montoya, Jacob Esparza, Angelo Montoya, and Anthony Bowker. Honorary Pallbearers: Diego Gonzales, Michael Bowker, Josh and Joel Montoya, Derek Cedeno, Eric and Jared Lehman and James Fullem.
A Rosary will be held at St. Anne’s Church, on Sunday, March 18 at 7:30 pm. A funeral mass will be held at St. Anne’s Church, on Monday, March 19 at 10:00 am, with burial to follow immediately at Rosario Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers or money, please make a donation in the name of Ramon Montoya to the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation, 455 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505.

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