Norman Michael "Mike" Montgomery Sr.

February 6, 1950 - November 22, 2021
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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.

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Date: Friday, December 10, 2021

Time: 10:00 am

Marana Mortuary Cemetery

Address:

12146 W. Barnett Rd
Marana, Arizona 85653

 

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Born: February 6, 1950
Died: November 22, 2021

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Kathy Creighton posted on 11/30/21

Susan, hugs and prayers here.

 

Milo, Sabrina and Alex posted on 11/30/21

Mike, Hello to you in Heaven. First, it goes without saying that we very much miss your presence. The three of us would like to share some thoughts on our cherished time with you. Milo: I will always have fond memories of you being there the first time he ever swam, with you cheering him on as he kicked with a huge smile on his face in the shark head flotation device you and Sue bought him for just that special occasion. Milo loved that you also shared your favorite spot in your pool with him. He has a lot of pictures to remind him as he grows up how you were there to celebrate his first birthday, baptism and many other moments. Milo thanks you for being an honorary third grandfather for him. Who knows, maybe one day Milo will be an LSU Tiger? Sabrina: I was very blessed to have you in my life. I met you and Sue right after you moved into town, and almost immediately you both made me feel like a part of your family. I will always remember sitting with you talking about life, listening to your stories, or watching you play with Milo. You will truly be missed. Alex: I would like to thank you for all of the great conversations we had about our shared military service and the experiences each of us lived in combat that had shaped our lives, my maternal grandfather’s shared Dallas Cowboys passion with you, your life’s lessons learned that you offered up as a mentoring elder, and to embrace the ancient saying of live life to its fullest. Thank you for allowing Sabrina, Milo and I to be welcomed into your family and home. I am honored and humbled to have known such a great man as yourself. All our love, Milo, Sabrina and Alex

 

Marie Stefanovich posted on 11/27/21

Sue and Family, With Our Deepest Sympathy, Andre and Marie Stefanovich

 

Judith Bradshaw Brown posted on 11/26/21

I am so glad that Mike and I found each other after all those years and so sad that we never got to meet as adults. I am grateful to Susan for keeping me in touch with you and your family and send my condolences to you all.

 

Ginnie posted on 11/26/21

My heart goes out to you n jess.you were. Great together. Love always. Ginnie n Nick

 

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