Jose Hilario Montoya – the Blue-Eyed Spaniard

16 Jan

Jose Hilario Montoya was my grand uncle – known to us as “Uncle Larry.”  Larry was born to Maximiano de Herrera Montoya and Maria Juana Adelia Martin in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico.  His baptismal record is recorded in the books of the San Juan de los Caballeros Catholic Church as having taken place on September 26, 1915. 

Jose Hilario Montoya

Larry grew up in and around Valerde, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico.  This is where he met and married Caroline Eufelia Trujillio when he was only 18 years old.  They married in the San Juan Church, and their marriage date is recorded there as 23 April 1934. 

Jose Hilario Montoya with wife Caroline Trujillo – Photo is courtesy of Carma Owen

 The couple had two daughters:  Alicia and Terecita. 

As told to me by my cousin Carma – I met Tio Josellario Montoya in 1980 when I traveled with my parents to New Mexico.  One of the places we stopped was at his house.  His wife, Carolina, was very friendly, and I remember their making a delicious breakfast for us.  It was interesting to see uncle and nephew, who were only separated by three years, talking about the old times.  Tio Josellario’s house is right next to his parent’s (Max & Juanita) home.  It was made of adobe and was beginning to show its age.  It had been vacant for many years and the center beams were falling. 

 Jose Hilario Montoya lived to the ripe old age of 90 years, passing away 8 May 2006.  He is laid to rest in Velarde Catholic Cemetery in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. 

Jose Hilario Montoya

Rio Grande Sun; Thursday, May 18, 2006Jose Hilario Montoya, a resident of Lyden passed away on Monday, May 8, 2006.  He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Carolina Montoya, parents Maximiano and Juanita Montoya; 2 sisters and 6 brothers.  Jose is survived by his children, Terecita Archuleta and husband Adrian of Velarde and Alicia Salazar of Lyden; son-in-law Reuben Salazar, Jr. of Penasco; Grandson he raised as a son Reuben Salazar, III and fiancé Leah Sanchez of Lyden; grandchildren:  Theresa Coffeen of Velarde, Angela Parrott and Jayce Parrott of Espanola, Brenda Abeyta and husband Victor of Ohkay Owingeh, Adrian Archuleta, Jr. of Velarde, Barbara Salazar and fiancé Gary Martinez, Carolina vigil and husband Daniel all of Lyden, his sobrina whom he loved, Filomena Rivera of Ojo Caliente; 11 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.  Public visitation was Wednesday, May 10, 2006 @ 6:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Velarde with a rosary at 7:00 p.m.  Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Friday, May 12, 2006 @ the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Velarde.  Burial followed at Velarde Catholic Cemetery.  The family of Jose Hilario Montoya has entrusted his cremation arrangements to DeVargas Funeral Home of the Espanola Valley.

I would love to hear from any of Jose Hilario’s children, grandchildren or great grandchildren to talk about the Montoya genealogy. 

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