Donald Ernest MontanoMarch 22, 1960 ~ May 21, 2019 (age 59)
Donald Ernest Montano, 59, died May 21, 2019 in Colorado Springs, CO. He was born March 22, 1960 in Del Norte, CO to Rita Martinez and Ernest Montano.
Don was raised in Merced, CA and graduated from Merced High School. He played football for the “Merced Bears”. He went on to be an Exchange student in Copenhagen, traveling to Russia (was The Soviet Union then), Austria, Germany and Greece. Don finished is education in Architecture with a BA from Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, CA. A little while later, in 1984, he and his father became partners of Montano Manufacturers. He had the opportunity to travel even more and they made their way to Australia to make their first equipment sale.
In 1987 he married Heather Thomas and together they had two daughters, Jazmin and Haley.
Don was a Raiders fan from the get-go and loved hiking, was an excellent cook, loved all animals and made people happy.
In 1994 he moved to Colorado Springs and met Darlene Lottman and they became partners in June 2008.
Don is survived by Darlene “Dar”; his mother, Rita Yamaguchi and her husband, Lester; his daughters, Jazmin and Haley and his guardianship daughter, Elisia Cole; his siblings and their spouses, Geralyn Montano, Vicki Hudson, Tina & Arnold Shurin and Sonny Montano & Ashley Gaines; nieces and nephew, Eric, Nick, Robert, Noel, Kiera, Sasha, Felix, Vivian and Tatiana; and his companion, “Husker”.