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Joel Joaquin Montemayor passed away on August 10, 2017, with his family by his side at the Village Health care in Gresham, Oregon. He was 52 years old. He was born May 11, 1965 in San Benito, Texas to parents Jose and Isabel Montemayor. The family moved to McMinnville, Oregon the summer of 1967. Shortly after obtaining his GED in June of 1982, Joel enrolled, attended and graduated from the University of Oregon in Eugene and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications with a specialty in television. Joel’s academic career lead him to San Diego State University where he received his Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Guidance. Joel later relocated to Tempe, Arizona in 1989 where he pursued and received his PhD degree in Educational Leadership at Arizona State University. Joel worked at Arizona State University several years, providing diversity training, before moving to Eugene, Oregon in 2000. He was employed at the University of Oregon as Director of the Upward Bound Program. The program’s goal was to recruit low-income students and help obtain their GED and provide the guidance and support to pursue a college education. Joel dedicated his life to providing educational opportunities to the underserved; and, to educating all on the importance of diversity and inclusiveness in our world. Joel is survived by his brothers Jose Joaquin Montemayor, George Luis Montemayor, Elias Montemayor Armando Montemayor, Sisters Elizabeth Clare Martinez and Ana Marie Montemayor along with many nieces and nephews residing in Oregon, California, and New York.

The family would like to thank all those who attended the church services and funeral and expressed their sincere condolences.


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