Monte Leon Munn, a fiercely, patriotic and conservative man passed away April 29, 2019, in Caldwell. He was born November 7, 1930 in Dover, Ohio, eldest child of Glen and Rita Munn. His school years were spent in Caldwell, graduating from the College of Idaho.
Monte took time out during this college years to serve his country in the US Marine Corps. He attended and graduated from officer’s school and reached rank of 2nd Lt. and spent the Korean War years as an instructor at a base camp in the High Sierras teaching cold weather survival skills.
Monte joined the Boy Scouts and became an Eagle Scout and a Scout leader in the Elk Lodge Scout troop #276. He saw his son and grandson receive the same honor award.
Monte worked as a computers systems analyst for J.R. Simplot. During his assignment in Chicago, he made the initial visit to Ray Krock of McDonalds Fame to introduce Simplot French fries. Well, we all know how that turned out. Monte took early retirement in 1986, and went onto do volunteer work for Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance (VOCA) doing economic recovery work in 3rd world countries. It was through this work that he found his love of teaching; working in more than 30 countries including South America, Asia, Russia, Africa, Indonesia. Tales of his travels and work were endless.
While recovering from a bout with cancer, Monte was asked to teach one class of Economics for Treasure Valley Community College. This assignment turned into almost 20 years. He taught at both campuses, many of the classes had waiting lists. His teaching spilled over to Boone Presbyterian church teaching Presbyterian history and culture for many years.
Monte was active in the founding of the Scottish American society of Canyon County, escorting a large group of friends on a tour. He was very proud of his Scottish ancestry. On one trip he located a church called St. Mun’s Church of Scotland. He will always be known as the family historian, a solution maker and a problem solver.
Monte was a supporter of the American red-Cross (a 99 unit donor) and a 63 year member of the Elk Lodge 1448. City fathers often called upon him for his views on community issues.
Monte met his wife, Carole while attending UCLA. They married in 1961, and raised their son Jeff. One of his great passions was reading. His home office turned into a library of over 300+ books. He loved to cook, often creating dinners for Carole although he couldn’t eat the last 2 ½ years while on a feeding tube. Monte was a cancer survivor. He tackled life with courage and a positive attitude.
Monte is preceded in death by his parents; Glen and Rita Muff and his sister Maureen Jensen.
A memorial and celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Caldwell Presbyterian Church EPC, 603 Everett Street, Caldwell. Kilts and tartans encouraged.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to the American Red Cross; Caldwell Presbyterian Church EPC or your favorite charity.