Norman “Michael” Montgomery Sr., age 71, passed away on November 22, 2021, at his home in Marana, AZ. He was born February 6, 1950, in Bronxville, NY to Agnes Montgomery (Prentice) and Norman St. John Montgomery.
He will be forever missed by his wife of 31 years Susan D. Montgomery (Jones) and three children Norman M. Montgomery Jr. (Elizabeth), Dana M. Montgomery and Jessica C. Montgomery. There are four Grandchildren; Kevyn, Michael, Lucas, Caroline and four Great Grandchildren to carry on his memory; Liam, Logan, Conor, Colin.
Michael graduated from Orange High School in Orange, New Jersey in 1968. Enlisting in the U.S. Air Force (1968-1974) he was awarded the Bronze Star and received two Purple Hearts for actions while saving the lives of downed pilots during the Vietnam War, as a medic and para-rescue.
After his honorable discharge from the Air Force, Michael went on to complete a B.S. in Biology from Louisiana State University.
His career included employment as a butcher, construction, buyer of steel products for a manufacturing firm in New Jersey and finally as a computer and software technician.
Michael was a previous resident of Brick Township, NJ prior to 2016 when he fulfilled his long time wish of moving to Tucson. He was attracted to the area while stationed at Davis-Monthan AFB after returning from Vietnam.
Michael was a large man with a matching personality that would fill a room with his presence. He was often the first to arrive and the last to leave as the life of a party.
Michael’s interests were very diverse and included food, drink, music and movie trivia and he was an avid player of role-playing video games to the very end.
He was a die-hard and longtime Dallas Cowboys fan and appreciated a good Scotch whiskey.
Michael fought back from a stroke 23 years ago and never let his limitations interrupt his drive to have new experiences. He was a grateful recipient and caretaker of a transplanted kidney for almost 10 years.
Private family service will be held on December 10, 2021, at 10:00am at Marana Mortuary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Wounded Warrior Project.