Montanez, Michael Dean, a 6 year resident of Temecula, passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2008. Born in Orange County, CA, Michael was 37 when he died. Mike was a San Diego Chargers Season Ticket Holder who loved to tailgate. His hobbies were golf, cooking, and of course, going to Chargers games. He was a good father, husband, uncle, and a great friend. He is survived by his Wife, Micki Montanez of Temecula, CA; Sons Michael Jr. and Jarod, and Daughter Valory Montanez; Sister, Nancy Montes-Stidham of Redondo Beach, CA; Brother, Gilbert Montanez of Long Beach, CA; Sister, Tammy Montanez-Ruiz of Wildomar, CA; and Sister, Joann Montanez of Escondido, CA. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Norene and Gilbert Montanez. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Saturday January 26, 2008 from 2 to 6pm. Burial will be private at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach.

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  1. Im going to miss you very much! You are my brother and very much a big part of my soul. You and I could become one with just a stare between us. It was great! We grew to become so close and it was my honor to have you in my life. You’re a good man, father and husband as well as uncle, friend brother-in-law and most of all my brother. You are with Mom and Dad now, rejoice with your re-union together. Someday we will all be there together again as a family once again. I long for that day ! I love you Michael and im only a breath away. See you Bro….

  2. Dearest Family, With all of our tears,and bad thought of what happen.Let’s put that away and CELEBRATE Michael’s life that we had with him . After all he is the one that is in the better place.Michael lived life to the fullest each day and i know that he would want us to remember him just that way. My heart is heavy with tears. Michael was the one person in our family that could calm me but … I hold him very near still!! Forever we will have him in our hearts . To Micki and the kids …. Michael is near ,just call with your voice he’ll hear you. l Love you Tina

  3. Dear Michael we lost you on earth, a great and kind person. Now God has you in his arms. God always takes the good ones frist.I will miss you very much.

  4. Uncle Michael… it is hard to belive that you are no longer here with us, however you will always be remembered. Your smile, laughter, and your over all presence, how you could walk into a room and light it up. Remembering all the goods time that we shared, I heard your voice on my phone yesterday and it warmed my heart, and comforting to know you were right there talking to me. Thank you for being “our” uncle, and friend … loving you today, tomorrow, and always

  5. My uncle, you have showed me a life that a uncle and nephew can have in life by coming together and being close. i am glad i have found and been through this experience with you. You were to closet uncle i ever had and only one. i loved your yelling and shouting. i hear it everyday. i see you eveyday. and i cry for you everyday. if i had to pick the one thing i loved the most with you, it have to be hugging you while u lay on the couch for a long period of time, and listening to you breath so calmly. i miss you and love you so much. always be in my heart. i love you my uncle. your nephew

  6. Michael, You will be missed by all!! Here we are sad, but up there in Heaven, they are celebrating your arrival. They truly are the lucky ones!! You were a wonderful loving person, always kind to everyone and you made everyone laugh! Never really got the chance to say how much we loved you, but I know somehow you knew we did. I thank God for the gift of having you as our cousin and being a part of our family! We have been truly blessed!! You will always have a place in our hearts!! Love your cousins, Kenny, Linda, Gina, Sam, Lisa, Justin and Jordan

  7. My Dearest Cousin Michael, As I am writing this, I can barely hold back my tears, not just for saddness of missing you, but also for the Joy that the Lord has waiting for YOU :} I have a song in my heart for you :} It’s called He Knows My Name! Song: I have a Maker, He formed my heart, Before even time began, My life was in His Hand. He knows my name, He knows my every thought. He sees each tear that falls and hears me when I call. He designed us before we even knew it :} Today you are with Him forever!! He has a special place for you in His Kingdom!! We will one day be with you!! I love you Micahel! You have brought such joy, happiness,& so much laughter to ALL!! Well will miss you greatly & will always treasure our memories of you! For Michael’s Family – Vic & I are so sorry to hear the passing of Michael :{ Vic & I just embraced each other with our eyes flood with tears :{ We will continue to lift you & your family in prayer. God Bless you!! Cousin Lucy Pages

  8. My Brother Michael, you never said i’m leaving you never said good-bye you were gone before we knew it and only God knew why, A million times we needed you, a million times we cried if love alone could have saved you, you never would have died. In life we loved you dearly in death we love you still in our hearts you hold a place that none could ever fill It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn’t go alone for part of us went with you the day God took you home. Yesterday,Today, Tomorrow, Forever, Love your sister Tam

  9. I am so sorry that you lost your brother and I lost a dear cousin. I really wish that I had gotten to know him better. Years slip by without doing or saying what you want to express to people. Especially family. I want you all to know how much I love and appreciate you all and my biggest regret is that I didn’t get to know Michael better. He was such a wonderful person and loved by everyone he knew. God bless him and all the loved ones that will miss him.

  10. Uncle Michael My “Tio Huero” Your someone i always wanted to be around day or night id go to your house jus knowing that i was always safe with you there nd you always welcomed me with open arms and I appreciate everything you did for my mom sister and me you always tried to make life jus a little easier for me you were my back bone and kept me strong you were like a father to me and jannell and would never hesitate to help us when we needed you you were always happy that you were the first one we called. Im gonna miss your loud as in the mornings or talking to u 4 or 5 times a day or your lectures to me your one person i could never be mad at cuz you understood the way i thought and the reasons for them and only tried to help me I love you Uncle Michael our lifes will never be the same without you thank you again for blessing my mom and us when you were here your in my heart thoughts and memories always and forever I love you Uncle Michael.

  11. A personal poem for you Michael… Today we watch in sorrow Wondering how life will be for the loving Montanez family As they feel their hearts miss a beat. Many sleepless nights will happen As they toss and turn in time For the very loving Michael Will forever be on their minds. He lived his life with laughter He lived his life with joy Oh how he was loved by his family Especially his little girl and boys. How can we ease their sorrow As tears roll down their face But to say that he is in Heaven A safe and beautiful place. As they hold on to his memory They have a message to send Michael will forever be remembered As a husband,father, brother & friend. They live today with sadness They live tomorrow with pain But with the Grace of our father True faith is what they will gain. With our all love, Ala, Gil, Sarah, Sammi, Gilbert, Stacy and Lole

  12. My heart and prayer goes out for the Montanez’s Family. Tam, as my best friend, I will always be there for you and your family to the end. When the times come when we must travel alone to heaven. I have a Poem to share, called To Those I Love and Those Who Love Me When I am gone, release me, let me go I have so many things to see and do. You mustin’t tie yourself to me with tears Be happy that we had so many years. I gave you my love, you can only guess How much you gave to me in happiness. I thank you for the love each have shown, But now it’s time I traveled on alone. So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must Then let your grief be comforted by trust. It’s only for a while that we must part So bless the memories within your heart. I won’t be far away, for life goes on. So if you need me, call and I will come. And if you listen with your ear, you’ll hear. All my love around you soft and clear. And then, when you must come this way alone, I’ll greet you with a smile, and “Welcome You Home.” Michael will never be forgotten!!

  13. Dearest Montanez Family, We were so saddened to hear of Michael’s passing. The grief over such a young man taken too soon from the family he loved so much is so painful. We know your grief is so unbearable and that many tears are being shed for him. In our sadness I turned to the scriptures and found some comfort for you. In I Thessalonians 4, the apostle Paul comforted those who mourned the death of their loved ones. He said that weeping for our loss is good, be we need not weep like those who have no hope. We, instead, should turn to the three certainties of death. The first is that the soul does not die; second, Jesus will come for every believer whether alive or ‘asleep’ in Jesus; and third that we will all be caught up in the clouds one day with our dear Jesus for a glorious reunion. I can’t wait for that day when we will see all our loved ones once again in the prescence of our Lord. We offer our deepest condolences to you all. With much love and anticipation of that great day, The entire Frank Acevedo Jr. Family

  14. To Mikes family Sometimes things happen that no man can understand. It is only with faith that we find the strengh to get through these things.This is one of these things.We have lost a man that was many things to many people. A husband,a father, uncle and friend and co-worker . He will be missed by everyone that had the oppertunity to know him.His smile and his wink will be missed on the casino floor . May your family find strengh in each other and keep your hearts filled with the love Mike shared with each and everyone of you. God Bless Cathy Cisneros( C.C.)

  15. Mike(Sugar-Free)and Family, There are no words to express the hurt that you must feel. I will miss your laughter and since of humor.I will miss you dearly my friend.I am sorry I missed the service today. My prayers are with you and your family.I will be there for your family. I love you my friend. Love always Terri Ann

  16. Mike , You were one of the nicest guys I have ever met . You will be sadly missed by your family & friends . Tammy & Jannell my heart goes out to you & your family during this time . I’m here for you guys if you ever need anything . You are in my thoughts & prayers . Lisa Ciotti

  17. There are no words to express how great the pain is of this loss to Mike’s family and friends. Mike will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends. I am sorry to have missed the viewing today but I did not want the last vision of him in this state to be imbedded in my mind but to remember Mike as one of the awesomest men I have ever met. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mike’s family and friends and if there is anything I can do to help out please do not hesitate and call. I want to remember Mike for all of his hard work he put in to make everyone around him be happy. Thank you Mike for being such a good friend to me and my family. I will always miss you buddy.

  18. Mike(Sugar-Free) and the Montanez Family, I will miss you! you were the sweetest and funniest person I knew! A Heart of Gold! You were a good friend! Your Family is in our hearts and prayers! I will always be there for your family whenever they may need me! Your Friend always, Jessicann

  19. Mic Mac, I miss you dearly. You made my morning with your love of life and your laugh. Thank you for being my friend. I couldn’t have had a better one. To Mike’s family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Please know that if ever you are in need, I would like to be of assistance. Love, Maureen

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