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Posted on Mar 9, 2020
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Clot Montano 1942 - 2020

 Clotario L Montano was born in Atarque, New Mexico on the 18th of April 1942 to Frank P Montano and Anita Landavazo. He was born and raised on a family homestead ranch south of Zuni where he attended school in Fence Lake, Quemado and Zuni. In 1964 he married Geraldine White and roughly a year later was drafted into the US Army and sent off to Vietnam where he serviced and was wounded in action, then was later sent home. After recovering he went to work as a cattle hand for Beggs Land and Cattle Company and proceeded to work for neighboring ranches. From there he worked for the US Forrest Services as a fire lookout. After that, he and his beloved wife moved to Gallup, NM and began working for and managing Doxal Propane Services. From there he moved on to cattle inspecting for the state of New Mexico Livestock Board. Lastly, he joined the McKinley County Sheriff’s Department until retirement. He and his wife then moved back to Fence Lake and continued farming, ranching, and loving the land until the present.

Throughout his life he was an avid team roper, producer, and participant. He was known by many throughout the cowboy world and was an avid hunter which he enjoyed his entire life. He always had a smile on his face, a joke and story to tell, and there was never a stranger in town when he was around. He is preceded in death by his mother, father, and brother Frank L Montano. He is survived by his brother Louis Montano, and his two sisters Tillie Chavez and Della DeArmond. He had numerous nieces and nephews along with great nieces and nephews. Pall Bearers are: Jeff Montano, Frankie Montano, Jared Montano, Dillon McDaniel, Trace Montano, Roger Montano, Ricky Chavez, and Randy Chavez. Honorable Pall Bearers are: Louis Montano, Richard Chavez, Larry Baca, Kenny Monday, Jack Bell, and Daniel White.

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