Reuben Ceasar Montoya, July 27, 1939 — Aug. 13, 2018 (obituary)
August 20, 2018
Reuben was born in Mogote, Colorado, the first-born son of Tobias and Marie Montoya.
He spent his formative years in and went through grade school in Red Cliff. He then attended high school at Menaul, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and attended Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina.
He joined the Marine Reserves in 1960 and served six years in Force Recon. He then moved to California where he met his future wife, Sharon. They were married in 1967 and enjoyed many years of marriage until her untimely death in 2002. They made their home in Downey, California, along with their son Mark.
Reuben was an avid golfer. He enjoyed sports of all kinds, often attending Dodgers games. He loved spending time in his beautiful home and backyard, with trees bearing a variety of fruits. Reuben worked for Sonoco, retiring after many years of working long hours. Working from 3 a.m. until 6 or 7 p.m. was the norm during the busy season, but early weekend mornings were always reserved for golf. Reuben is survived by his grandson, Joseph Sherman, whom he spent many hours with in his last few years and who was a source of joy and happiness. He is also survived by his loving caretaker and friend Chris Sherman (Ken) and their daughter Lindsey, whom he considered his granddaughter. Also, his sister Dolores Washburn, of Anchorage, Alaska, brothers Tobias A. Montoya (Nancy), of Albuquerque, Lemuel Montoya (Ella), of Eagle, Ramon Montoya (Demetria), of Denver, and sister Lavonne Montoya, of Edwards, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon, their son Mark, and his parents, Tobias and Marie Montoya.
Services will be held Aug. 21 at Rainbow Chapel, Rose Hills Cemetery, 3888 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, California, at 11 a.m.