Jose (Michael) Montano

SAN DIEGO, CA — Jose (Michael) Montano, 70, passed away peacefully Aug. 6, 2019 with his loving family by his side in San Diego, Calif.  He was originally from La Jara.

At the age of 17 he enlisted in the Navy and served for 21 years, which included three tours in Vietnam. 

He married Rosenda Agnes who passed away in 1989. He later married Libbie Kronstedt then spent the remainder of his life with his love, Cathleen Aparicio.

Survivors include his daughters Gentry (Andy) Guinn, Wisconsin, Sonia (Randy) Santos, Texas, Michelle (Louis) Pedroza, California, Jesse Montano, Colorado; grandchildren: Bethany Fryman, Wisconsin, Anthony Guinn, Wisconsin, Cristian and Noah Santos, Texas, Maya and Ezra Pedroza, California; great grandchild: Alex Guinn, Wisconsin; sisters Evelyn (Irene) Montano, Utah, Sylvia Montano, Colorado, Maria Consuelo (Daniel) Valdez, Colorado, Rachel Favela, Colorado; brother Nestor Montano, Colorado along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by parents Alfonzo and Ruby Montano; grandparents Nestor and Tonita Montano, Jose Domingo (JD) and Raquel Quintana; siblings Consuelo Mares, Antonia Martinez, Lafayette (Joe) Montano, Edward Montano, Alfonzo Montano, Victor Montano and baby sister Raquel Montano.

Viewing and visitation will be held at Romero Funeral Home in Alamosa, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, Aug. 17, followed by a graveside service at La Jara Cemetery at 1 p.m. with full military honors. To leave online condolences please visit The care of arrangements have been entrusted to Romero Funeral Home of Alamosa.