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Gods Promise  
If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
The Lords Prayer  
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Thanks be unto God for His wonderful gift: Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God is the object of our faith; the only faith that saves is faith in Him.
For Us All  
God, make me brave for life: oh, braver than this. Let me straighten after pain, as a tree straightens after the rain, Shining and lovely again. God, make me brave for life; much braver than this. As the blown grass lifts, let me rise From sorrow with quiet eyes, Knowing Thy way is wise. God, make me brave, life brings Such blinding things. Help me to keep my sight; Help me to see aright That out of dark comes light. Amen
Steves 1 year Memorial  

It was the fourth time Darlene Montaño visited the campsite where her husband Estevan Montaño was found shot to death last year.

First for grieving, then for Christmas, her wedding anniversary, and on Saturday for a memorial for her husband who was killed in August 2004.

The slaying remains unsolved.

At a campsite nestled on the western slopes of the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson, about 70 relatives and friends of Estevan Montaño, 44, gathered to commemorate the one-year anniversary of his death.

Estevan Montaño was on a bow-hunting trip by himself when his family found his body.

At the campsite Saturday, white balloons were released into a cloudless blue sky. Estevan Montaño's name, birth and death dates were printed in black on each balloon.

"We released 365 balloons because he has been gone for 365 days," said Darlene Montaño, 41.

"It was a perfect blue sky … like ol' Steve called it in," said Harold Hummer, Montaño's former supervisor at Tucson Electric Power.

"If there was any way he had to go, this would be it," Darlene Montaño said of the site.

But her daughter sees more than a peaceful mountainside.

"I'm glad this is where he wanted to be," said Felicia Montaño, 24. "But the last memory he has is being shot."

The case is still under investigation, but there hasn't been anything new in the last several months, said Deputy Dawn Barkman, a Pima County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman.

DNA samples were found in the area. "It's not like we're empty-handed," Barkman said. "The DNA hasn't been linked to any particular suspect yet. We're still hopeful."

But hope is turning into frustration for the Montaño family.

"We want his murder solved because somebody needs to be punished for taking a human life," Darlene Montaño said.

The family is erecting two signs at the site - in Spanish and English. The signs say that those responsible will be punished and that a reward is being offered. Anyone with information can call 88-CRIME.

● Contact reporter Erny Zah at 307-0815 or

Steves Journey  

      Steve had many things he treasured in life. Family the most valued. Hunting is the one recreation he truly enjoyed and mastered for 20 of the 25 years I knew him .He always got a deer .He truly loved sharing hunting stories with anyone.He had a gentlemans manner when it came to hunting. He had respect for everyone whether he knew them or just met them.Steve would help you in a heart beat. For such a wonderful man to be murdered is a loss to everyone.The things people say about Steve cannot be said about very many.He was a huge asset to life.How anyone could point a gun at and shoot such a wonderful person is a question that will never have an answer.His other love was his job. He never outgrew his love to climb and "PLAY" in trees. He knew so much about trees. He had a great love for working at shaping and nurturing his own trees. He always had pride in the jobs he did for everyone. He loved to make people happy. Steve you succeeded .You can be proud of who you were WE ARE,

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