Raymond Thomas Montez, 98, peacefully passed away Sunday, March 23, 2013, in Kingman. He was born in Kingman on July 14, 1915, and witnessed many changes here.
Raymond had an eclectic career which included service in the Army during World War II along with working as a self-employed carpenter, a maintenance supervisor at Job Corps, and retiring from Bureau of Land Management as a manager of their shop located at the Kingman Airport. During his lifetime, he built and remodeled many homes and businesses in and around Kingman. In his free time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and time spent in the outdoors.
He is survived by his children, Susie and Danny Chastain; Penni Nichols; Richard and Jeannie Montez; his grandchildren, Jodi and Brian Scott, Nikki Chastain, Stephanie and Guy Robertson, Randy Elliot, Gena and Phil Durrett, Steve and Christy Rood; great-grandchildren Natasha, Valentina, and Guy Robertson Jr., Ian Durett, Tommy, Cameron, and Bryson Rood, David Montez, Anthony Montez, Roberta Montez, and Theadore Montez, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy; his children, Ronnie Montez, Raymond Montez Jr., Edward Montez; grandson, Daniel Montez; his sisters Mary Mendoza, Lola Banegas, Helen Montez, Louise Cruz, Pearl Banegas and Dora Belle Esquibel; and his brothers, Trinidad Esquibel, Frank Esquibel, Merle Lawrence Esquibel and Tiburcio "Butch" Esquibel.
Per Raymond's request, there will be no services. In support of life, his body was donated to advance medicine through research.