George Alberto Montemayor

November 17, 1940 - February 6, 2022
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GEORGE A. MONTEMAYOR

November 17, 1940 – February 5, 2022

George A. Montemayor was called into the loving arms of our Lord and Savior on February 5, 2022, in Houston, Texas. He was born in Laredo, Texas on November 17, 1940, to Arturo Montemayor and Rufina Mancha Montemayor.

George graduated from Martin High School, Class of 58, in Laredo. He received several college degrees while attending Texas A & I Kingsville and the University of Houston, Class of 67.  His career was three-pronged; a teacher, an artist, and musician. He was also an accomplished dancer performing in Laredo and Houston. He loved people and formed many friendships during his journey.

George exhibited unusual artistic talent as a young child. His siblings were always amazed at how he could put all those colors together without having any formal instruction. George became an extraordinary artist, teaching, painting portraits, and creating commissioned drawings and paintings for various clients, including the Catholic Church. Geomonte, as he was known in the artist community, exhibited his works in Mexico City, Laredo, Houston, and other venues.

George was a dedicated teacher, inspiring students in Laredo, La Porte and Houston; eventually retiring from Houston ISD after 4 decades of teaching Spanish and Art. At Jefferson Davis High School he was Director of Fine Arts and enjoyed collaborating with colleagues in the fine arts. He was extremely proud of former students who became teachers and artists thus continuing his legacy.

George began playing piano at the age of 10.  He place his gifted talent to the service of the Catholic Church as organist and choir director. He began his career in music in serving the Lord at San Luis Rey Catholic Church in Laredo, followed by St Anne’s Catholic Church in Houston, and St. Theresa Catholic Church in Sugarland. He directed the Archdiocesan Choir for many years traveling with them to the Vatican.

George was preceded in death by his parents, Arturo and Rufina Montemayor and siblings Arturo Montemayor, Jr., Maria Gloria Montemayor, Edmundo Celso Montemayor, Juan Jose Montemayor, Conrado Montemayor, and Rufina Ada Montemayor. He is survived by his sister, Irma Montemayor Taute and her husband Chip in San Antonio; nephews and nieces, Jose A Mercado, Solmayra Mercado, Lia Mercado, Juana Mercado, Anthony Zepeda and Day Lee Snell in Houston Texas and Victor Lopez in Howell, Michigan.

George’s infectious laughter, bubbly personality and zest for life will be missed by all who loved him. We celebrate his incredible life of service to students and the Catholic Church as he joins his “angels” in the bosom of the Lord.

The family will welcome friends on Monday, February 14, 2022 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services in Laredo, Texas. Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 8:30 AM at San Luis Rey Catholic Church located at 3502 Saunders, Laredo, Texas 78040 followed by Interment at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are by Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr., Laredo, Texas 78041 (956) 723-3611. For your convenience, you may leave your condolences to the family online at www.freddickey.com

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Monday, February 14, 2022

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services

Address:

1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Time: 8:30 am

San Luis Rey Catholic Church

Address:

3501 Sanders Ave
Laredo, Texas 78040

Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Calvary Catholic Cemetery

Address:

3600 McPherson Ave.
Laredo, Texas 78041

 

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Born: November 17, 1940
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Aurelio Montemayor posted on 5/9/22

Just saw the notice on Facebook that my primo Jorge had died. I had lost contact over the last 10 years. He was talented and jovial and will be missed. QDEP

 

Sandra montemayor galindo posted on 5/3/22

I am so sorry for the loss of all the montemayor family it was a great loss we were not close but he always called me every month just to see how I was doing my uncle was pretty amazing it's a shame that nobody contacted us to let us know he passed away

 

Juvencia Rodriguez posted on 2/16/22

Our most sincere condolences to you from my mom, George’s cousin, Juvencia Gutierrez and our family!

 

Rosario posted on 2/16/22

Nos veremos luego corazón de melón te extrañare siempre todos los días te mire durante diez años mi gran amigo

 

Teodoro Estrada posted on 2/14/22

My condolences to George’s family, friends and everyone who new this multi-talented creative. I came to know George while living working in Houston at Jefferson Davis High School in Northside. Was my pleasure to be part of the fine arts department and work along his side teaching visual arts. May his soul Rest In Peace. Thank You to Jose Antonio Mercado for finding me in social media to deliver this message.

 

Marie A Bruni posted on 2/14/22

May God’s love bring comfort and peace during this difficult time. George graduated from MHS, Class of 58 in Laredo. He is reunited with his family, friends and classmates now in Eternal Rest🙏

 

Marie A Bruni posted on 2/14/22

With deepest sympathy, may memories comfort his family and bring you peace. George graduated from Martin High School Class of 58, a classmate. He is sharing his multiple, extraordinary gifts in his eternal rest. Prayers 🙏.

 

Pat Kelley posted on 2/14/22

I met Geomonte in the mid 1980's when we both worked at the Art League of Houston. He was a delightful man with a friendly, generous spirit. I remember him, one time, laughing so hard at a silly joke that I made that he turned bright red and could hardly breathe! I'm very happy that he came into my life. I wish I could join you all in Laredo for George's funeral mass. I'll be praying for his soul! Please accept my condolences for your loss. ~ Pat Kelley 713-385-4000

 

Kerry Dyer posted on 2/13/22

I was one of Sr. Montemayor's Spanish language students in LaPorte. Thanks to him I became a lifelong lover of learning foreign languages. He was a very popular teacher.

 

Lawrence Whitmire posted on 2/13/22

Mr. Montemayor was one of my favorite teachers while attending LaPorte High School in the early 70’s. As an aspiring artist myself he saw my raw talent & helped me develop my skills, and the desire to further grow as an artist. He left quite the impression on this hard headed young-man. I pray he finds comfort in the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ. May God bless his family, and love ones. RIP George.

 

Araceli Montemayor posted on 2/13/22

The picture in my mind of memory of my uncle George will always be of his bubbly character joyfully flying around. I never saw him walk anywhere it's as if he would bounce from place to place or rather "dance" from place tp place. I would dream of him being my "husband" because I saw how he would cater to my to my grandmother's every need! Memory? No, memories!!! My life with my uncle George will always be full of memories!

 

Fern Yung posted on 2/13/22

I am so sorry to hear of George's passing. I exhibited his paintings in my art gallery many years ago and have fond memories of him; he was always so happy and full of life. I'll never forget the flamenco performance he invited us to attend; I was amazed at his dancing. His former art students who visit the gallery often ask if I've heard from him; I'll now be able to tell them he's dancing with the angels!

 

Michael A. Craig posted on 2/13/22

George Montemayor had a big influence on my life the short time I knew him and spent time with him at Laredo Junior College, drawing a wonderful portrait of my first real girl friend, which I still have. His joy, optimism and enthusiasm for life had a big impact on me throughout my life, though I’ve not seen him in many years. I sort of of thought of George as always being there, forgetting how old we had all become. I really think the world has lost a good man in George and am thankful for the legacy he left in all of his students and the lives he touched throughout his lifetime.

 

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