On Tuesday, March 9, 2021, Javier Alberto Montañez, loving grandfather, father, husband, brother, son, and friend of many, passed away at the age of 45. He is survived by his granddaughter Ava Rose Montañez, son Javier Montañez Jr., wife Christie Montañez, mother Rosa Ortega, second mom Ana Montañez, and six siblings. He was preceded in death by his father Guadalupe Montañez, and brother Guadalupe Montañez Jr.
Born on June 19, 1975, Javier lived in Livingston, CA, and was a deep rooted family man who dedicated his entire life to his granddaughter, son, and family. He loved his wife, who he called “chula” (beautiful), and frequently took her on spontaneous trips to Monterey. He was more than hospitable and opened his home to everyone. He loved swimming in his pool, as well as hosting barbecues and get-togethers, where he made sure everyone felt at home listening and singing along to music. His greatest joy was having his family together and taking care of his loved ones. He always had a smile on his face, especially around his granddaughter, Ava, who called him “Papa Truck.”
Working at his family’s restaurant, Javier made great friends and touched many lives. He had the biggest heart and an unforgettable laugh; everyone who met him never left without hearing his jokes and immediately loved him, even if it was their first encounter. He was a hardworking man, a prankster, loved all kinds of music, and an adamant 49ers fan. His conversations were never boring and we will forever cherish his catchphrases, “yeah buddy,” “body of the year,” and “good times.” Javier will be missed by his countless friends and family who love him greatly. Although we are left with a hole in our hearts, we have the happiest, funniest memories that will help us weather this tragic storm and keep his memory alive. Always loved, forever missed, and never forgotten.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at Turlock Funeral Home, 425 N. Soderquist Rd., Turlock. Following the service, Javier will be laid to rest at Turlock Memorial Park.