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Faustino "Leon" T. Montalvo

October 29, 1942 — February 12, 2024

Faustino "Leon" T. Montalvo

Faustino "Leon" T. Montalvo a dedicated and hardworking individual, left us on February 12, 2024, leaving behind a remarkable legacy that will forever be etched in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him. Born on October 29, 1942, in the idyllic King Ranch – Laureles Division, Faustino's life was a testament to the values of determination and humility.

From a tender age of 10, Faustino embarked on his journey alongside the Kineños, forging a path that ultimately led him to becoming a Kineño. The young boy grew up amidst the vast expanses of the legendary King Ranch, where he absorbed timeless wisdom from his mentors and fostered a deep passion for ranching.  Faustino embarked on a career that spanned over five decades as he embraced the rustic lifestyle of a cowboy and drove cattle trucks for all four divisions of the renowned King Ranch. With unwavering dedication and an unyielding work ethic, he carved a niche for himself within this rugged industry. Faustino's commitment to his craft was unparalleled, evident in his remarkable service of 53 years with King Ranch before retiring. Through his loyalty and skill, he played an integral role in shaping the operations of this iconic institution.

A man of few words but boundless kindness, Faustino never met a stranger in his life. His humble nature endeared him to all who had the privilege of knowing him. He warmed the hearts of those around him with his genuine smile and caring demeanor. Whether it was lending a helping hand or offering words of encouragement, Faustino made people feel valued.

Faustino found comfort and happiness in the simple joys of life. Weekend barbecues were among his most cherished hobbies, as they served as moments of relief from the demands of life. Gathering with loved ones around the grill brought him immense happiness. However, it was in spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, that Faustino truly found unbounded delight. Watching them grow and flourish filled him with immeasurable pride.

Throughout the course of his life, Faustino “Leon” achieved many milestones that brought him great satisfaction. However, none matched the pride he felt upon his retirement from King Ranch. It symbolized the result of a lifetime of hard work and dedication; a testament to his unwavering commitment to his craft and the impact he had made in his profession. This achievement stood as a beacon of inspiration for all those lucky enough to witness his journey.

May his legacy serve as a reminder to us all that hard work, humility, and love for family are the foundations upon which a life well-lived is built. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Pedro Sr. and Teresa Trevino Montalvo; siblings, Victoria Phillips, Corina Garcia, and Pedro Montalvo, Jr.

Among those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 58 years, Maria Rumalda Montalvo; sons, Faustino, Jr. (Kelly Moreno) Montalvo, and LeRoy (Anabel) Montalvo; brother, Arnulfo (Maria) Montalvo; grandchildren, Eric Montalvo, Faustino “Tres” Montalvo, III., Pedro Montalvo, LeRoy Montalvo, Jr., and Azalea Lerea Montalvo; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.

The family will receive condolences from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 18, 2024, at Turcotte-Piper Mortuary; with a holy rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m.  A mass of christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 19, 2024, at St. Martin Catholic Church.  A rite of committal and interment will follow at Riviera Cemetery.

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Visitation

Sunday, February 18, 2024

5:00 - 9:00 pm (Central time)

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Holy Rosary

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Starts at 7:00 pm (Central time)

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Mass

Monday, February 19, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

St Martin Catholic Church

715 N 8th St, Kingsville, TX 78363

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Interment

Monday, February 19, 2024

Starts at 11:15 am (Central time)

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