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Cesar Alfonso Montano

July 8, 1948 ~ March 3, 2018 (age 69)

Cesar Alfonso Montaño, born July 8, 1948 in Jumasha, Peru, passed away on March 3, 2018, surrounded by his wife and daughters. He fought like a warrior against systemic sclerosis, a type of scleroderma, just so he could remain with his family.

Cesar grew up in Lima, Peru, the second son born to Cesar A. Montaño, Sr. and Elsa Davila Berrospi.  He excelled scholastically and learned to cook Peruvian food from his mother and grandmother. He enjoyed frequent family parties and loved going to the beach on weekends.

In March, 1965, Cesar immigrated to the U.S., settling with his family in Pasadena, California. At 16 years old, he had already graduated from high school in Peru.  Having expanded his English skills by watching Wild, Wild West on TV, he took the ACT that July and was admitted to BYU.  Cesar loved reading about anything and everything, particularly the study of medicine. He had a keen intellect and never stopped learning. Besides reading, he loved fishing, gardening, cooking, watching NCIS, and entertaining.

Cesar married Sande Morales on April 22, 1975 in the Salt Lake Temple. One year later, having graduated with his Master’s in Mechanical Engineering, he and Sande, along with their baby daughter, moved to southern California to begin their post-college lives together.

Cesar’s career, which began in the aerospace industry, took the family from southern California back to Utah, and then back to southern California again. From there the family moved to Tucson, Arizona. After 8 years and a million wonderful memories, they moved from Tucson to Maryland, Idaho, central California, and back to Utah for the last time.  Throughout those years, he rose through the ranks to Director of Engineering, but got the most satisfaction from working hands-on with new technologies.

Converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1961 and baptized on the same day as his future wife, Cesar remained a faithful member throughout his life. He served a mission in California/Arizona, and later in many callings, from Bishop’s counselor to nursery leader. Close to his heart were his nursery kids, who helped him improve his “grandpa” skills.

Cesar is survived by his loving wife, Sande; four caring daughters and their spouses: Anita (Michael) Bohman, GinaMarie (David) Rees, Lyndi (Trenton) Smith, and Katie (David) Ollmann; and 16 grandchildren whom he adored. He is also survived by his brothers, Enrique (Karen) and Aldo; his mother-in-law, Evetta Ekins; many nieces and nephews; and cousins who were like siblings to him.  He very much loved his immediate family as well as his extended family.
Immense gratitude goes to Kristee Linebaugh, hospice nurse with Horizon Home Health. She truly went above and beyond in her care for Cesar.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Manila Eighth Ward Chapel, 3785 Box Elder Drive, Cedar Hills, Utah.  Family and friends may attend a viewing from 11:00 am-12:45 pm prior to services.  Interment will be in Provo City Cemetery under the direction of Olpin Family Mortuary, Pleasant Grove.   Condolences may be sent to the family at

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