Don Chavez Montoya and Della Hernandez Montoya were born in Grant Country, New Mexico in 1922. They were marries in 1940 and had three children, Donald, Betty, and Mary. As a young man Don worked at Kennecott Copper Mines in Hurly. During World War II he served honorably in the Pacific Theater with the Army Air Corps for four years. He availed himself of a college education through the G.I. Bill, earning a B.A. degree from Western New Mexico State Teachers College in Silver City, 1950.
Don continued his formal education while working with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Keams Canyon, Arizona and received an M.A. degree, in Guidance and Counseling in 1958. Don worked at the Phoenix Indian School until 1962 then moved to France with the Department of Defense Military Department Schools where he served as Principal of Toul American Junior High School. When Don and Della returned to the United States in 1964, Don worked for the Veteran’s Affairs in Los Angeles and Albuquerque until his retirement in 1980.
Following retirement, Don and Della lived in Albuquerque and Deming. They were active in several veterans’ organizations. A special accomplishment was coordination of fund-raising for the purchase of vans used to transport veterans from the southwestern part of New Mexico to Albuquerque for medical appointments. Don tutored young people through the S.T.A.R. Program in Deming. Don and Della in their Value and respect for education, including that of their own children, have provided funding for students of the College of Education at New Mexico State University.
Financial Need: Required
Class Level: FR. SO. JR. SR. GR.
Required Minimum GPA: 2.0
Other Requirements: Must tutor public school students in grades 4-12 in the areas of Reading, Language Arts, and/or Math.