Funeral Services for Clarence James Montaño, 62, of Milan, N.M., were held on Monday, March 4, 2013, at 10:30 a.m., at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1601 E. Roosevelt Ave., Grants, N.M.
Burial followed at the Grants Memorial Park, Roosevelt Avenue, with full Military Honors by the VFW Lodge 3221.
Pastor Connie Archuleta officiated.
Clarence was born on Aug. 9, 1950, to Eufemio Montaño and Vilia Montaño in San Mateo, N.M.
He went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Feb. 27, 2013, in Albuquerque, N.M.
He was a U.S. Army veteran who served in Vietnam.
Clarence worked in the mining industry in uranium and coal mines.
His first love in life besides his wife, Molly, was helping people through ministry, and playing and coaching basketball. He also loved to ride his motorcycles and to restore classic cars.
Clarence was an ordained minister of Heaven Bound Ministries.
He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years: Molly Montaño, of Milan; children: Manuel Montaño and companion, Tawny Carrie; Ricky Montaño and wife, Valerie; and Evette Montaño and companion, David Tafoya; sisters: Sofie Molina; Trinnie Marquez and husband, Raynaldo; Margret Savedra; brothers: Charlie Montaño and wife, Delfina; Seferino Montaño and wife, Julie; and Frank Montaño; 16 grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren.
Clarence was preceded in death by his parents: Eufemio Montaño and Vilia Montaño; son: Clarence Montaño, Jr.; brothers: Florencio Montaño, Manuel Montaño and Henry Montaño.
Pallbearers were: Ralphie Montaño, Deanna Sangrae, Edward Savedra, Martin Molina, Manuel Marquez, and Ervin Salazar.
Honorary Pallbearers: Heaven Bound Motorcycle Ministries, and all of his godchildren.
Compassion Mortuary, Grants, is in charge of arrangements.