Family Login:

Benjamin Franklin Montoya

Share This Obituary

Arrangements made by

FitzHenry - Wiefels

83057 Requa Avenue
Indio, CA 92201
Get Directions

Profile of FitzHenry - Wiefels

View Phone Number
View Fax Number
Email Us

Send Flowers
 Send Flowers

Memories & Candles

“Dear Ginny and Family, I've only just learned of Ben's passing. Ben and my Dad, Capt. Robert H. Nelson, CEC, USN, Ret. were trusted companions....Read More »
1 of 49 | Posted by: Natalie Nelson-Alexander - VA

“Dear Ginny:<br /><br />My very, very belated and deepest condolences on the loss of your Benny.<br /><br />I was Benny's...Read More »
2 of 49 | Posted by: Larry Litchfield - El Cerrito, CA

“To Ginny & Family,I just learned of Ben's passing today from Art Hull a former co-worker at PNM. Please accept my deepest sympaties. When I worked...Read More »
3 of 49 | Posted by: Bill Garcia - Santa Fe, NM

“My wife andI are so sad to hear of Ben's passing. Our sincerest condolences to Ginny and the family. Ben was my first classsman at the Naval Academy...Read More »
4 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“So Sorry to hear of what has happened to Ben.His dad and family used to visit in Downey CAVery sid nd sorry for the family.Victor Macias JR520-568...Read More »
5 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“We are so very sorry for your loss.Our thoughts & prayers are with allof the Montoya family.Tom & Darlene Allchin ”
6 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“Ginny, I was saddened to learn of Adm Montoya's passing. I remember you both very well and fondly from your years of association with USBA. Ben...Read More »
7 of 49 | Posted by: Connie Markovich - Overland Park, KS

“Ginny and family, I got to know Ben when I worked as the Vice President of Community Relations at Norwest Bank. Ben was an amazing man and I will...Read More »
8 of 49 | Posted by: Doris Rhodes - Albuquerque, NM

“Our deepest condolences to Ginny and the family. There are so many stories and warm memories of this special man. He seemed to "do it all" with...Read More »
9 of 49 | Posted by: Brian and Kaye O'Connell - VA

“My most sincere condolences to your family, Art. I never had the honor of meeting your brother but it is evident from those eloquent praises that he...Read More »
10 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“I wish you moments of peace and comfort as you remember Ben and his extraordinary life. -Jim (Hatton) Adams, Washington DC ”
11 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. ”
12 of 49 | Posted by: Irene Villegas Gabriel - CA

“I remember you with great affection and respect. I worked at United Way of Central New Mexico when you were on the Board of Directors. You were my...Read More »
13 of 49 | Posted by: Joanne Fine - Albuquerque, NM

“Ginny: I remember when we were drags at Navy. You were a ball of energy with your pony tail swishing behind you as we ran to join our guys after...Read More »
14 of 49 | Posted by: Mary Elsa and Jim Hocker - MS

15 of 49 | Posted by: James Hocker - Vicksburg, MS

“my condolences to the family my cousin michael stroud worked with Ben and always spoke very highly of him and was surprised that I knew him and had...Read More »
16 of 49 | Posted by: patricia ortiz - indio, CA

“Two weeks before Ben's death, his San Diego Classmates & wives met and learned from VADM Pete Hekman Ben's hospice situation. We discussed at length...Read More »
17 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“We have all lost a true giant among men who touched many lives. May you rest in peace. ”
18 of 49 | Posted by: Bob Bell - Sprringfield, VA

“My deepest condolences to the Montoya family. I have many fond memories of this distinguished and remarkable family. ”
19 of 49 | Posted by: John Dallosta - Tulare, CA

“Ben was a man who was more interested in people than his title. He held very important positions but never made people feel inferior. He was...Read More »
20 of 49 | Posted by: Diana (Borroel) Atha - NC

“Condolences to the Montoya family, and to Ben, thank you for your excellent service. ”
21 of 49 | Posted by: Prentiss & Danielle Sprueill - CA

“My deepest condolences to Ginney and all Ben's family. All showed my son love and comfort when he was at USNA. There was no better mentor for him...Read More »
22 of 49 | Posted by: Marilynn Smith - Spring, TX

“My sincere condolences to your family. May God "who comforts us in all our trials" (2 Cor 1:4) comfort you and your family at such a difficult time....Read More »
23 of 49 | Posted by: Alicia Bartley - Sacramento, CA

“As a Vietnam Veteran and with deepest regards to the family. ”
24 of 49 | Posted by: Gilbert Guevara - La Quinta, CA

“RIP Admiral Montoya. Thank you for your service. ”
25 of 49 | Posted by: Mike Townes - Alpharetta, GA

“He always lived up to the NMCB3 motto of "Better Than Best". Fannie Lou joins me in expressing condolences to Ginny and the family. ”
26 of 49 | Posted by: James McNeill - Augusta, GA

“My condolences go out to Ginney and the family. I served with Ben when he was a Lt. and our Operations Officer attached to NMCB-3 in Vietnam. Ben was...Read More »
27 of 49 | Posted by: Phil Weatherwax - Azusa, CA

“My deepest sympathy to the Montoya Familyat the loss of their loved one ”
28 of 49 | Posted by: Pam Messick Crabtree - La Quinta, CA

“I served in San Diego with Admiral Ben Montoya in 1981. I was the Shop Supervisor of the Engine Overhaul Shop and he was the Commanding Officer of...Read More »
29 of 49 | Posted by: Jose Gonzales - La Quinta, CA

“My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Ginney and the family. I worked with Ben at NAVFACHQ when he was a LCDR in the late 60s. He was a very gentle...Read More »
30 of 49 | Posted by: Barbara Glenski Wilmot - Carlsbad, CA

“Admiral, your watch stands relieved, relieved by those you have trained, guided and lead. Admiral, you stand relieved sir, we now have the watch. ...Read More »
31 of 49 | Posted by: EQCM (SCW) Jeffrey C Harrison - TX

“Cheryl and I enjoyed a wonderful time with Ben at the 2015 SEABEE Gala. He gave the Key Note address and made the comment about wearing his uniform...Read More »
32 of 49 | Posted by: Joseph P. Paoluccio AIA PE - CA

“My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Ginney and the family. I worked with Ben when he was a LCDR at NAVFACHQ back in the late 60s. He was a very...Read More »
33 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“A great officer to work for and with.Charles E. WyliePresident (retired) C. E. Wylie Construction Co.Chairman (retired) Associated General...Read More »
34 of 49 | Posted by: Charles Wylie - Rancho Santa Fe, CA

“As a fellow Vietnam Veteran - I send my prayers to the family. Thank you for a lifetime of public service. ”
35 of 49 | Posted by: Rev. Bill McDonald Elk Grove, CA

“Served with your son, Ben years ago - you raised a fine son and excellent Naval Officer, he was very proud of you. May our Lord receive you with...Read More »
36 of 49 | Posted by: Kermit Cain - San Diego, CA

“I knew Ben as a great leader and my wife Betty and i both knew him as a true personal friend. We both mourn his passing and extend our deepest...Read More »
37 of 49 | Posted by: Dick Collins - San Diego, CA

38 of 49 | Posted by: James Gibbs - The Colony, TX

“B ”
39 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“A loss of a great friend and Bother. Will be greatly Missed by all ”
40 of 49 | Posted by: Jim Doggett - Kansas City, KS

“Sending my condolences to the family. May God give you strength and peace during this difficult time. (Psalm 29:11) ”
41 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“Thank You sir, for your dedicated service to your country via the United States Navy.God bless your family during this trying time for them.Fair...Read More »
42 of 49 | Posted by: Randy Gibbs - Powder Springs, GA

“Admiral Montoya was a great supporter and friend to the MCB3 veterans reunion association and all Seabee/CEC activities. We will never forget him. ”
43 of 49 | Posted by: Harold Schrage - Valley Glen, CA

“Ben may your journey home be a peaceful one and the angels singing you favorite Spanish songs. ”
44 of 49 | Posted by: Kenneth Knoll and Family - NM

“My condolences to the family on the loss of Ben Montoya. I had the honor of meeting him at the retirement party of my former boss, Clarence Plaster...Read More »
45 of 49 | Posted by: Maria Rodriguez - Indio, CA


“Holly and I are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of RADM Montoya. We extend our condolences to Ginney and the entire Montoya family.I had...Read More »
47 of 49 | Posted by: Eric Smith - Oakland, CA

“To Ben's family. We have fond memories of RADM Ben Montoya while he was on active duty in the CEC. He will be missed by us all! ”
48 of 49 | Posted by: Dick & Cindy Heine - WA

“my deepes condolences i belive i was the last to see him in public as he was my guess at our reunion in september he definet ly shine his light on...Read More »
49 of 49 | Posted by: paul landry - Boxford, MA

Benjamin F. Montoya, 80, resident of Fairfield, California passed away on December 19, 2015 in Fairfield, Ca. Born in California on May 24, 1935 to Benjamin and Margaret Ramirez Montoya. He is survived by his wife Virginia Cox Montoya and their seven children. He was a retired U.S. Navy Admiral. A wake will be held on Tues. Jan. 5, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church Palm Desert. A funeral service will be held at Sacred Heart Church Palm Desert, Ca. on Wed. Jan. 6, 2016 at the hour of 12:00 p.m. with burial to follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Coachella Valley Cemetery.