Victor H. Montano (Moose) was called home on July 22, 2011, after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his daughters, Monica Archuleta, Mercedes Montano and Peggy Trana (Leon); grandchildren, Joica Archuleta and Joshua Trana; great-grandchildren, Christian Archuleta, Sara Jo Carson and Leilani Lovato; stepchildren, Wanda Rivas, Elouise Andrews, Alex Montoya and Connie Medina; his siblings, Jose Montano, Evalyn Montano, Sylvia Montano, Conselo Valdez, Neston Montano and Nacheal Favela; extended family, Kenny Gallegos, Debbie Gallegos, Alfread Romero; many nieces and nephews; and his sweetheart, Elisa Loya.
Moose was born March 11, 1936, in Pagosa Springs. He attended Pagosa Springs High School where he earned his nickname, “Moose,” and graduated in 1955. He attended Adams State College and Fort Lewis College. He enlisted into the U.S. Army and, after serving his term, he returned to Pagosa Springs where he and his brother (Tosh) owned and operated Montano Cement Contractors for 45 years, until his retirement.
Moose enjoyed collecting antiques and elephants, was a loyal Denver Bronco fan, and he thoroughly enjoyed going to the weekly yard sales, better known to him as shoplifting. During the last few years of his life, his three daughters were able to fulfill his dream of traveling to Spain, Portugal, France and Italy. On Moose’s travels, he was able to visit the Vatican City, Lourdes, Fatima, stand in St. Peters Square, see the Roman Wall, the Tower of Pisa and so many other places he thought he would never see. Moose also traveled to Mexico with his companion Elisa Loya where they spent two weeks with her family. Moose will always be in our hearts and greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.
Rosary services are Thursday, July 28, 2011, at 6 p.m. Funeral services are Friday, July 29, 2011, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Graveside services are at Hilltop Cemetery, with lunch to follow.