Antonio 'Tony' Moreno Montesinos
Longtime Homer resident Antonio “Tony” Moreno Montesinos died Tuesday, March 14, 2006, from a massive coronary at the Homer Safeway store while picking up food for the Homer Food Bank. He was 64.
Memorial services were held Saturday, March 25, at the Homer United Methodist Church. Immediately following, graveside services and interment were held at Hickerson Memorial Cemetery on Diamond Ridge Road. The Rev. Dan Lush and members of the American Legion General Buckner Post No. 16 officiated. Pallbearers were Kenneth K. Deitz, David Deitz, Donald Jones, Edward Jones, Fred Yenney, Fred Estes and Max Lopez.
Mr. Montesinos was born July 7, 1941, in Viveros, Spain, where he attended seminary school, until joining the Spanish army at age 17 to help provide for his family. After serving in combat he was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant at age 21.
He moved to Switzerland, where he lived and worked until he moved to the United States in the early 1970s. He lived in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and obtained his U.S. citizenship June 15, 1973.
Mr. Montesinos worked in Canada, Las Vegas and eventually moved to Alaska in the spring of 1979. He worked a wide variety of jobs, including card dealer and pit boss in Las Vegas, commercial fisherman, cannery worker and certified welder. His resume included seismograph worker, cab driver, bartender and tobacco field worker. The last four years he worked as a volunteer and an employee of the Homer Food Bank.
Raised a Catholic, he was a devout Christian. He also was a past member of the Homer Lions Club, a 15-year member of American Legion General Buckner Post No. 16, a 25-year member of Homer Elks Lodge No. 2127, a past member of Anchorage Moose Lodge No. 1534 and a volunteer at the Homer Food Bank. He received many awards and recognitions for his commitment and hard work in helping the organizations.
He enjoyed taking care of and playing with the dog and cats. He loved children and enjoyed making them smile and laugh, growing flowers and berries so he could share them with others and visiting with people, especially those unable to get out and about.
“His adopted family includes many who called him uncle, brother, grandpa and or friend, all of whom he took into his heart and adopted as his own family,” his family said.
Mr. Montesinos was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Matilda.
He is survived by his brother; Jesus Montesinos of Cordoba, Spain; sister, Ecencia of Valencia, Spain; longtime companion Claire Deitz; sons, Allen Deitz Jr., Kenneth K. Deitz and David Deitz; daughter, DaKean Jones; son-in-law, Donald Jones; grandchildren, Kenneth “Kad” A. Deitz, Chayla Rogers, Chauna Steen, Cherilyn Mitchell, Ernest Deitz and Edward “Eddie” Jones; great-grandchildren Hailli Rogers and Langdon Rogers; and extended family.
Arrangements were made by Homer Funeral Home.
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