Erick F. Montoya, age 90, died peacefully in his home in San Jose, CA after a long illness. He was born in Buga, Colombia. After moving to the United States in 1953, he graduated from Niagara University with a B.S. in Chemistry in 1957. He spent most of his career at both Hewlett-Packard and Spectra-Physics.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara, his nephews, Miguel Antonio Diaz Montoya, Alvaro Diaz Montoya, Rodrigo Javier Rozo Montoya and nieces, Patricia Montoya Lleras, Beatriz Montoya Robinson, Sonia Montoya Botero. He is also survived by his dear grand nephews, Andres Diaz Borda, Alejandro Diaz Gomez, Santiago Lleras Diaz, Alvaro Botero Montoya, Ramiro Botero Montoya, Carlos Botero Montoya and beloved grand nieces, Cristina Díaz Borda, Lina Rozo Moreno, Patricia Lleras Diaz, Carolina Diaz Gomez, Juliana Diaz Gomez, Fabiana Botero Montoya and Luisa Botero Montoya. He is also survived by many friends and relatives in both the United States and Colombia.
He was pre-deceased by his parents Antonio Montoya Payan and Maria de Jesus (Jesusita) Saavedra de Montoya, his brother, Alvaro Montoya Saavedra and two sisters, Alicia Montoya Diaz and Ligia Montoya Constain.
Mr. Montoya will be remembered for his wit, his laughter and joy, wisdom and kindness. He will be laid to rest at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Amsterdam, NY.