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August 3, 1960
BORN IN TUCSON
 
September of 1978
Met future wife Darlene Whittington.


You walked lightly into my life
Captivating and lovely to my mind,
At first, I never cared who you were
Now I don’t know who I am without you,
You kissed me
I felt my world change,
You held me
I heard my heart awaken,
You loved me
And my soul was born anew
You walked lightly into my life
Now my heart knows who you are
And with every breath
And every step
I take down lonely roads,
Your hand is my staff
Your voice is my guide
Your strength my shelter
You’re passion my awakening.
You walked lightly into my life,
And all my pain
You took as your own,
And all my fears
You cast into the sea,
All my doubt
Lost in your eyes,
You walked lightly into my life My life is forever changed,
Just because you loved me
For a moment in time.
And because I choose
To love you
For the rest of mine.
 
March 28, 1981
Darlene gave birth to first child baby girl Felicia 7lb 21in @ 7:07 a.m.
 
July 25, 1982
Darlene gave birth to first son Estevan Jr. 7lbs 20 in @ 5:45 a.m. Steve was thrilled to have his first son.
 
May 23, 1983
Steve and Darlene got married. "Till death did they part."  ( Untill they reunite. )
 
January 24, 1985
Steve and Darlene had twin girls Jennifer 5lb 19 @ 7:30 p.m. and Jessica 5lbs 19 @ 7:45 p.m. When Darlene had the first twin Steve said "That's Jennifer right?"
 
March 17, 1987
Darlene gave birth to Patricia Erin Montano 7 lbs 19 in.  @ 9:38 a.m. on St. Patricks Day.
 
June 6, 1987
Patricia Erin Montano passed away from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Steve was broken hearted and missed her deeply. Now it is Steve's turn to take care of the daughter he waited so long to see again.
 
December 2, 1988
Darlene gave birth to last child Javier M. Montano 8 lbs 20 in. @ 4:50 p.m. Javier was and always will be Steve's baby boy.
 
May 5, 1995
Steve and Darlene signed the papers to their first home.
 
March of 1996
Steve purchased his pride and joy Dutchess a german shepard pup. (The family's not sure who loved who more?)
 
March 12, 1998
Oldest grandson was born Luis Mark Maldonado. Steve planned on taking "Screwy Louie" to hunting classes when he turned 7 years old.
 
September 17, 1999
Second grandson was born Anthony Johnny Maldonado. (Antonio as tata would call him)
 
January 8, 2002
Another grandson was born George Nicholas Duarte (Nicky Nick)
 
January 22, 2002
And another grandson was born Sal A. Gomez Jr. (Junior)
 
May of 2003

Daughter Jessica graduated from High School. One of Steve's proudest moments.

 
October 9, 2003

The last of five grandsons (so far) was born Gabriel J. Vega

 
2004
Passed away on August 29, 2004 at the age of 44.
 
SEPTEMBER 2004
THE MONTANO FAMILY AND STEVES CO-WORKERS AND FRIENDS WITH THE HELP AND SUPPORT OF HOMICIDE SURVIVORS HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE. WE HAD SO MUCH SUPPORT FROM OUR LOCAL NEWS MEDIA. THEY WERE ALL VERY KIND AND COMPASSIONATE. THEY TREATED US ALL WITH RESPECT AND I ESPECIALLY APPRECIATE THE WAY THEY COVERED THE WHOLE STORY OF STEVE AND GAVE HIM THE RESPECT IN ACKNOWLEDGING THAT HE WAS A TRUE VICTIM OF MURDER AND LEFT BEHIND MANY TORN LIVES.IT IS HOPED THAT WITH CONTINUED EXPOSURE OF STEVES CASE SOMEONE WILL COME FORWARD WITH INFORMATION OR MAYBE A CONFESSION.
 
October 2004
            Two months after Steves death the family could finally face going back to the place Steve was murdered .. We found an abandoned campsite 1/10th of a mile from where Steve had his campsite and was murdered. The investigators apparently missed it. It is believed that this other site was involved in the death of my husband. Why was it not seen sunday when they first knew Steve had been murdered? Or the monday after ? Or for the next two months.
 
May 18 2005
                The Carole Sund/Carrington foundation donated $5000.00 to Steves reward fund bringing the total to  $7000.00. ANYONE WHO KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT THIS HOMICIDE CAN CALL 88-CRIME ( 882-7463)    THE MONTANO FAMILY THANKS THE CAROLE SUND/CARRINGTON  FOUNDATION FOR THEIR GENEROSITY .
 
To date
No leads in homicide investigation for Estevan Montano.
 
AUGUST 27TH 2005
STEVES MEMORIAL IN THE SANTA RITA MOUNTAINS

 
August 27th 2005
Steves family and friends attended the 1 year memorial. It was one of the prettiest days I have ever seen on that mountain. Fresh and very green and the cactus had such bright open flowers. Everyone was sad about why we were there, but everyone was surprised at what a beautiful day. The balloons headed straight to the top of the mountain. Steve always walked to the top in search of the perfect deer. Going home his dad had a blow-out. It was just a few feet away from where we waited for the sheriff the day we found Steve. It was as if he did'nt want us to leave. That is just one more way Steve proved he was there that day...
 
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