Rosendo Jaquez Montoya of Imperial passed away Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Fort Stockton at the age of 88 years. He was born on March 1, 1929 in Midland to Carlos Montoya and Conception Jaquez Montoya.
Montoya was born in Midland and moved to Imperial at a young age where he lived for over 80 years. He was a retired heavy equipment operator where he worked for many years. He also worked for the Water District in Imperial and he worked with Texas A&M, where he helped develop the first experimental shrimp farm in Imperial. However, he was most proud that he served at Imperial Volunteer Fire Department, where he was Fire Chief for several years, and fireman of the year in 1974. He was a great provider to his family and greatly respected in the community and took great care of his family.
Montoya is survived by his wife, Aurelia Montoya; son, Danny Montoya and wife Veronica of Artesia; daughters, Rosa Moreno of Abilene, Diana Garcia of Abilene, Elma Dominguez of Monahans, and Mary Ellen Montoya of Nashville. He has 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Montoya is preceded in death by his father, Carlos Montoya; mother, Conception Montoya; and son, Rosendo Montoya, Jr.
Visitation was on Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, and 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes in Imperial. Funeral service will be on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, beginning at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes in Imperial. Burial will follow at Imperial Cemetery in Imperial.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: www.heritagefuneralhomeofthebigbend.com.