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Monty Cartwright

date of birth May 4 1944 – date of death October 15 2018

Daniel Monty Cartwright passed away on October 15th, 2018 in Portland, Oregon surrounded by loving family.

Monty was born on May 4th, 1944 in Granger, Washington to Daniel and Edna Cartwright. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Juliana Cartwright, daughters, Dawn Thompson, Dyan Thompson and Michelle Erlander; sons-in-law, Theo Thompson, Cole Thompson, Eric Erlander; grandchildren, Caleb Thompson, Cody Thompson, Corby Thompson, Jem Thompson, Mason Thompson, Carsten Erlander, Jack Erlander, Rowan Erlander and Micha Thompson; and siblings Joyce Gardner, Ruth Maples, Carol Vernon, and John Cartwright. His sister Dora McDonell preceded him in death.

Monty graduated from Delano High School, Delano, California (1962) and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a BS degree in Health & Physical Education in 1966. He received his Master’s degree at Idaho State. Monty started his teaching and coaching career at Marsh Valley High School in Idaho. He taught and coached at Montana State University, College of the Canyons, Valencia, California, and Southern Oregon University (SOU) in Ashland, Oregon, where he taught in the Health and Physical Education Department for 22 years. At SOU, he was the head coach for track & field, and cross-country before becoming Athletic Director in 1995.Monty coached numerous student athletes and teams that achieved national rankings.

Monty’s accomplishments as an athlete and coach led to his induction into the Delano High School Football Hall of Fame, College of the Canyons Athletic Hall of Fame and Southern Oregon University Sports Hall of Fame. After retirement he continued his passion as an athlete by competing in Master’s Track & Field, where he received National Championship awards including All-American status in the triple jump. He was a member of the Portland Masters Track & Field Club. Monty liked to say he was ‘a legend in my own mind.’

Monty survived non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer. In 2007, he received a stem-cell transplant with cells donated by his sister, Carol.

Monty and Juliana loved to spend time outdoors hiking, running, and traveling. A vociferous reader, Monty was also a poet and published writer. His book Aging, Health & the Athletic Mind Attitude embodies the wisdom that came from his experience as an athlete and cancer survivor. Monty believed strongly in social justice and environmental activism. He inspired all who knew him through his thoughtful approach to life, sense of humor, and belief that our choices matter. Monty had the heart of a lion, always acting on his deep love of family and friends, and concern for life’s marginalized people. He had a warrior’s spirit that continued through his final years battling the long-term effects of cancer therapy.

Please share memories/remembrances below in the comments section. In honor of Monty’s generous spirit, his family invites anyone who wishes to make a donation in his name to a cause close to their heart. Monty’s family will celebrate his life in a private ceremony in spring, 2019.