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David Arthur Montague
February 20, 1945 ~ August 14, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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David A. Montague, a beloved husband, father, brother, and respected high school teacher, passed away on August 14, 2023, at Beaumont, CA, after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. Born on February 20, 1945, David lived a rich and fulfilling life filled with kindness, faith, and a love of history. David is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Rosalinda Montague, his son, Christopher Montague, and his sister, Susan Humble. He was a beacon of kindness and thoughtfulness. His faith was unwavering, providing him with strength and comfort throughout his life, insofar as to start a faith based group for students during his time at Calipatria, CA.
David dedicated almost four decades of his life to education, starting as just a mere track and field coach at Calipatria, he would eventually begin his career as a high school teacher there soon after. Fighting for fellow teacher's pay and benefits, David accomplished much during his tenure there, and would later move on to Banning High School where he would teach and raise his family until his retirement in 2009. He was a beloved teacher by his students, known for his patient teaching style, firm temperment, his passion for history, and his genuine care for his students. His contribution to the field of education was immense, and his influence continues to resonate in the lives of the many students he touched. David was always surprised, but greatly enjoyed running across his former students, and hearing how they've grown.
A man of many interests, David was an avid reader and a history enthusiast enjoying both learning and teaching it during his career. He enjoyed sports immensely, always watching the Angels, Lakers, Steelers, and UCLA's Bruins. He also had a great passion for traveling and experiencing the world's diverse history firsthand. Traveling across the UK, Europe in his younger years, Canada, America on summer road trips with his family, and far across the Pacific Ocean to Hong Kong, and even the Philippines. His love for learning was infectious, and he hoped he inspired many of his students to pursue their passions and interests. David always tried his best for the many students that passed through his classroom and did his best to never give up on them.
David's kindness and thoughtfulness extended beyond his family and his work. He was a man of strong faith, and his belief in the inherent goodness of people was a testament to his character. He was a source of wisdom, support, and always ready to lend a listening ear and offer words of encouragement.
In his later years, despite his struggle with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Disease, David remained optimistic and hopeful. He faced his challenges with grace and dignity, never losing his sense of self. He fought hard to keep his mind sharp, never forgetting those closest to him. Though Parkinson's would eventually take away his mobility. David would enjoy small trips out of the house, content to enjoy the scenery riding along to the doctor's office or seeing homes decorated with lights around Christmas. His resilience in the face of adversity was a testament to his strength of character and his unwavering faith.
David A. Montague's life was one of love, service, and faith. He will be greatly missed by his family, his former students, and all who had the privilege of knowing him. His legacy will continue to inspire and guide those who were fortunate enough to have been a part of his life. His memory will be a blessing to all, and his spirit will live on in the hearts and minds of those he touched.