Johnnie Montoya
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Johnnie Montoya
  • September 25, 1924 - January 10, 2018
  • Westminster, Colorado

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Johnnie Montoya, 93, left this world on January 10th, 2018. He was surrounded by family at the Lifecare Center at the time of his passing, following a brief illness. He is survived by his children: Mario Montoya, Marlene (Emilio) Uate, Dorothy (Steve) Romero, Darryl Montoya, Rick Montoya; 13 grandchildren, Angelo, Roger, Michelle, Emilio, Rick, Steve, Chaya, Nick, Joshua, Tanja, Alex, Vinnie, Fallyn; and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother Clemencia and father Doroteo Montoya, 11 brothers and sisters, his wife Mary Alice, and daughter Victoria Michelle Montoya.
Johnnie was born in Optimo, New Mexico, the son of Doroteo and Clemencia Montoya. He was the youngest of 12 children.
In his early years, his family relocated to Rocky Ford, Colorado, traveling by a team of horses and a covered wagon. He lost his mother and father at a very young age and started working to help support the family. At age 19, he enlisted in the Navy and served in WWII, surviving countless attacks aboard ship.
After his service, he met his soon to be wife Alice at a movie theater. He then enrolled in barber school in Pueblo, Colorado. After earning his Journeymen's license to barber, Johnnie and Alice moved to Denver to start his career and begin a family. Soon after, they married and he started barbering at Lowry Air Force Base. Eventually he opened his own barber shop in Commerce City where he was known as "Johnnie The Barber". He acquired many customers who became lifelong friends through his trade. His generosity and kindness were traits that were the foundation for his friendships.
Nothing meant more to Johnnie than his family. He was the patriarch, provider, and a loving example for his children and wife. His wit and spontaneous sense of humor were a testament to his character. Always the entertainer, Johnnie was a self-taught guitarist and singer. He would bring his guitar to family events and created lasting memories for all who listened.
At the end of his life, he was known as a warrior. A man of conviction, who displayed true grit. Always speaking the truth, as harsh as it might have been. He was a family man, an entrepreneur, a comedian, and musician. But most of all, given the adversities he overcame, he was a hero. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.


"The family of Johnnie Montoya wishes to express our sincere gratitude for the words of comfort, prayers, food, flowers, sympathy and love shown before and after the loss of our loved one. Thank you and God Bless you." -The Montoya Family


A rosary for Johnnie will be held Friday, January 19, 2018 at 6:30 PM at Olinger Highland Chapel, 10201 Grant Street, Thornton, Colorado 80229. A funeral service will occur Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 1:00 PM, 10201 Grant Street, Thornton, Colorado 80229. A committal service will occur Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Olinger Highland Cemetery, 10201 Grant Street, Thornton, Colorado 80020.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.olingerhighland.com.