Priory Mourns the Loss of Joe Montero '76

Community remembers beloved alumnus and faculty member.

View the Joe Montero Memorial Slideshow

Memorial Service Program
Click here to share a special memory of Joe Montero

Dear Priory Community,

It is with a heavy heart that I share Priory teacher and alumnus, Joe Montero '76, passed away on December 21 from a heart attack.

He was a much beloved member of our Priory community and words cannot express what a great loss this is for all of us. 

I ask that you keep his wife, Lindsay, and son, Joey, in your thoughts and prayers.

The funeral service for Joe was on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the Priory Chapel.

If you would like to share a special memory and/or photo of Joe, please click here

In front of Founders Hall, you will see the "Heart of the Priory" sculpture and are welcome to leave notes, flowers or something that reminds you of Joe in front of it.

May he rest in peace and may God hold him in the palm of his hand.
Tim Molak
Head of School


Obituary for Joseph Bernardo Montero, Jr.

Joseph Bernardo Montero Jr. died Dec. 21, 2017, at home from a heart attack.

Joe was born Sept. 12, 1958, in San Francisco to Irene and Joseph B. Montero Sr. He was raised in Woodside, attended Woodside Elementary, went to high school at Woodside Priory and graduated  from Menlo College.

Joe worked at Woodside Priory for over 25 years as a beloved teacher and coach. He mentored and inspired countless students. Joe was a dedicated man who put family and true friendship above all else. Joe enjoyed watching and playing soccer, softball and hiking with friends. 

Joe is survived by his devoted wife of 23 years, Lindsay Bartlett Montero, and his son Joseph Montero Jr. III, and was very proud of his son. He is also survived by his brother Tony Montero, his sisters Jocasta Montero Aleman, Jacqueline Montero Aivars.  

“His vibrant spirit will be treasured and missed.”   A memorial service for Joe will take place at Woodside Priory Chapel in Portola Valley 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018.Memorial donations may be made to the Joseph B. Montero Jr. Scholarship Fund at Woodside Priory School.


A Message from the Abbot:
My deepest sympathy to the family and the entire Priory community. I had Joe in class (American Government) in the 1975-1976 school year. It was impossible not to love him. Many years later when he coached soccer I would see him when I came to the Priory and we would always share a hug and a laugh. He was a wonderful man, full of fun, compassion and a profound sense of those things (always the people in our lives) that were most important, and that were what each day was all about. He has the prayers of all here at Saint Anselm. May he now rest in the arms of his Creator, where one day we are all meant to gather together.  Abbot Mark

Woodside Priory School