“The mountains are calling and I must go.” — John Muir
Born March 8, 1958, in Portland, Ore., Monte Robert Day was the second of four children born to William Robert “Bob” Day and Carolyn Mae (Kach) Day, and later the stepson of Dean Mauchley.
Monte was a lifelong Oregonian, moving from the state only once as a young child, when his family moved to Augsburg, Germany, for several years. With his brother and sisters, he spent his childhood building forts on Rocky Butte, playing in the forests surrounding the family cabin at Rhododendron and skiing the slopes of Mount Hood.
Even then, he took care to always have a snack in his pocket, ready for any direction his adventures took him. Quick-witted and full-hearted by nature, the outdoors was his peace, his joy, his love.
Monte graduated as a valedictorian from Madison High school in 1976. He was a dedicated student, but more important to Monte, he was devoted to good friendship, a quality he kept his entire life.
After high school, he spent several months traveling; first visiting the Kramers, his second family, in Germany, then heading south to Spain, Portugal and Morocco. The journey itself was simply for pleasure, but the lifestyle of the people he met in those regions helped shape his relaxed personality.
Upon his return, he enrolled at Oregon State University, still gathering many lifelong friendships.
Monte had always been a gifted learner in many areas, but his real academic accomplishments came in math and chemistry. These talents of the mind led to an interest from Dow Chemicals, but it was his heart that called him to a simpler life.
He then made his way back north, to his beloved Mount Hood. He eventually settled in the upper Hood River Valley at the Little Red House on Trout Creek Ridge, working at Mt. Hood Meadows.
His three children, Joel, Hillary and Dylan, were born; his family was complete. He loved sharing his passion for the outdoors with everyone and anyone. He always had time for hiking, fishing and exploring all the wonders the mountain had to offer.
He found his paradise; he found his place in the world. He never lost sight of the beauty of his surroundings.
Later in life, he cherished the companionship and understanding of his loving wife and soul mate, Leah; her three daughters, Lyndsey, Amanda and Charlee; as well as six grandchildren: Nicholes, Jaden, Avery, Paxton, Hudson and Joey. Together, they completed a new family home.
Throughout his life, Monte was always able to maintain his easy-going and loving manner. His loss is greatly felt by his family and friends. His humor will be missed. His compassion admired. His love never forgotten. He truly embodied his name: Monte was “of the mountain.”
A memorial fund has been set up at Cascade Central Credit Union in Hood River. Funeral services will be held Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. at the Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, N.E. 45th and Sandy, Portland, Ore.
An open house will be held Nov. 8, from 1-4 p.m., at 6115 Trout Creek Ridge Road, Parkdale, Ore.
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