2013-02-21 / Obituaries

Michael Montiel

Michael Montiel transcended this life on Jan. 17 in San Francisco. An accomplished musician who generously shared his gifts for drumming and singing, Michael could also fix absolutely anything--cars, houses, even bruised and broken hearts. He freely gave unconditional love to everyone he met. For his wife and children, family and friends, his loved cascaded, bounteous, limitless. To be in Michael’s presence was to be steeped in patience and pure love. Everyone with whom he had contact felt the magic of his spirit touch their hearts.

Over his nearly 50-year professional career, Michael played with countless musicians and contributed to innumerable bands, spreading the joy of his heart through music. Yet the achievement of which Michael was most proud was being the father to his exceptional children: Shandi, Maia, Layla, Tiana and Timothy; and being “Tata” to his beloved grandchildren: Matt, Michael and Emelia; and fatherin law to Nick Pagano.

Of the 45 years Michael shared with his wife, Megan, the past year in Cathey’s Valley was an exquisite one, overflowing with peace, joy and love.

Michael, born Aug. 21, 1950, in Tucson, is also survived by his parents, Mike and Betty Devine; his sisters, Catherine Devine and LaDonna Carnell and her husband, Bill, also of Tucson; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family also lovingly remembers his father, Alberto; and sister, Suzanne.

His family is incredibly grateful to all of the wonderful people at UCSF Medical Center for their dedication and kindness, and especially his brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Elyse Montiel; to Lynn Tierney, and to Valerie and Ronnie Sanches for all of their love, help and support during a most difficult time.

And a special thanks to all of the emergency room personnel at John C. Fremont Hospital for all their tender, loving care.

A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Tucson Roller Derby Wreckhouse. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Tucson Musicians Museum, which inducted Michael in 2009 and which supports the development of young musicians.

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