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Benjamin Weylin Montoya

Ben was born on February 13, 1975 in Denver, CO.  Ben moved to Colorado Springs in 1983. He was very active In Golden Gloves boxing where he was light weight champion at Ft. Carson, CO.  After attending Palmer High School, he entered the EMS field at the age of 18 after obtaining his EMT-B.  He also became a member of the Black Forest Fire Department, the ambulance service and was also a volunteer member of the Ellicott Fire Department.  He was also a member and past president of Explorer Post 47 Search & Rescue. Ben then moved to Denver, CO and was an employee of American Medical Response Services.

Ben moved to Liberal, KS in 1998 where he worked for the fire department.  In 2001 he moved to Beaver, OK to work for the Police Department.  Over the next several years, he became a D.A.R.E. officer, a volunteer firefighter, and a member of the United States Air Force Reserve.  He was also Chief of Police for Beaver.  Ben then was deployed to Qatar, Afghanistan.   He was also Chief of Police for Forgan, OK.   He retired as Chief of Police, but remained a Reserve Deputy for the Sheriff’s Department. 

Ben received his degree in Criminal Justice from OSU in 2003 and later earned a Master’s degree in Safety Administration from the National Association of Safety Professionals.

After his deployment, he worked for Howard Drilling taking care of Safety & Compliance.  He then went to work for Bennett Construction as a Safety Coordinator.  He began his business, Tri-State Safety Services, LLC in 2011.  Once his business grew, he left Bennett Construction in 2018 to run Tri-State full time.   

Ben is preceded in death by his mom, Carol Ann Collins, his grandparents, John & Dody Schrader and a special Aunt, Helen Ramos. 

Ben is survived by his wife, Kelli; sister Kacy Heath of Owensville, IN, sister Tori (Mike) Conway of Parker, CO.; his father, Michael Collins of Colorado Springs, CO. and  his puppy girls, Moria & Zoe; a step daughter, Amanda Falvey of Georgetown, SC and a step daughter, Cheyenne Edwards of Beaver, OK.   He also has three step sisters, Michelle, Shawna & Chenelle, all of Colorado and  several nieces & nephews and many loving friends. 

Ben became ill on 12/12/20 and was diagnosed with Covid Pneumonia on 12/15/20.  He was flown from the local hospital in Beaver to Dodge City, KS hospital on 12/20/20.  He was then flown from the hospital in Dodge City, KS to St. Luke’s on the Plaza in Kansas City, MO on 12/24/20 where he continued to fight the battle until he passed away on January 16, 2021. 

Ben was a special person who never met a stranger.  He had the gift of gab and a massive thirst for knowledge.   He was highly admired and respected by all who knew him.  He had a passion for serving people and living life to its fullest.  He met the love of his life in 2015 and they had the most wonderful 6 years together, everyone should be so blessed, not everyone gets to experience the kind of love they shared.   It just wasn’t enough time. 

His love of people and his smile were his trademark. He was so passionate about what he did, he loved everything about teaching people to be safe and tried to make it fun and something people would remember.  There will never be another Ben Montoya.  The world was a better place because of him.  Remember, “Lead Safely….Others Will Follow”.

Ben had a strong faith, and he made it known that he felt so blessed with his life and wouldn’t have changed a thing.  He had a passion for travel, concerts and loved to ride his Harley when he could.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to one of the following:

Woof Pet Rescue in Woodward, OK (PO Box 1389, Woodward, OK 73802)

Any Beaver County Fire Department of your choice

St Jude’s (262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN 38105)

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To my friend Ben,
I met you the first day of my beginning as substitute  bass player for LJ in 38 Special on 8/13/2013. You were right there offering your help and making me feel welcome to this new family. Now, after so many good memories my heart aches knowing how much you suffered in your last days of life on this earth.
Thank you Ben, for your faithful service to everyone you met.
Love and respect, Godspeed.

Barry and Lydia Dunaway Jan 22 2021 12:00 AM

I am saddened to hear of Ben's passing and my thoughts and prayers are with you Kelli! I wish I had met him in person, he was so loved by everyone. RIP Ben!

Kim Mask Jan 22 2021 12:00 AM

I had the honor & privilege to get to serve in the military with Ben and we were both even in the same section in the 137th LRS Oklahoma Air Nat'l Guard so I got to work closely with Ben during numerous drill weekends & active duty days. The things I will always remember about Ben is he always came ready & prepared to work and always had a smile on his face & a positive attitude  Ben also had a great sense of humor & that is what I liked most about him. Our job in supply was very important. We issued gear & supplies to deploying troops. While it was important it could also get kind of repetitious and monotonous at times so it wasn't exactly an exciting job and some days it could get long & boring but it was still a very important job that had to be carried out. Ben's great sense of humor definitely made it much more enjoyable of a work environment.  I had a pretty good sense of humor too so Ben & i were always making the best out of situations that weren't always so enjoyable. I couldn't have asked for a better guy to get to work with. Ben had lots of friends in LRS and the Oklahoma Air Guard and we are ALL better for having known him. It is with deep sorrow i have to say goodbye for now to a good friend and fellow Patriot but I do look forward to the time when we will rejoice in a reunion together in Heaven. In the mean time Rest in Peace my brother & my sincerest condolences to Kelli and the rest of Ben's family.

Bryan Melrose Jan 21 2021 12:00 AM

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Your Aunts and Uncles love you and are so very proud of you. Rest in Peace, Ben. Ruth and Dan Severt, Jackie and Michael Gurley, Linda and Jerry Gates, John and Amber Schrader

Jackie Gurley Jan 21 2021 12:00 AM

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Amber Wood Jan 21 2021 12:00 AM

I did not know Ben personally, but my daughter, Jacki Sherrell, spoke so highly of him after he helped her get a job with Bennett, that I feel like I knew him. My heart goes out to you Kelli and family. He is now well and in God's hands.

Mary Young Jan 21 2021 12:00 AM

Kelli I never got to meet Ben but I know how happy he made you and the love you two shared. I'm so sorry of his passing. May his love and memories give you comfort. Love Vicki Underwood

Vicki Underwood Jan 21 2021 12:00 AM

ben was one of a kind he always made me laugh.wish i could be there on saturday. kelli
i will be praying for you.RIP BIG BEN i will miss you at the 38 shows my friend.

sidney rauzin Jan 20 2021 12:00 AM

My sincerest condolences to hear of such a fantastic soul passing from the adventure on this world and onto the next one.  I remember meeting him long ago when he came to join our explorer post...a tall kid with a big smile and a cheesy moustache.  He fit into our crazy post and learned fast the skills need to be part of SaR.  He did inspire and lead a lot of us to host a ESAR conference in 1993.  He always gave hugs to anyone who needed it and made all feel welcome.  He will be missed dearly by all who were touched by his presence.  Watch over us Ben with mom!  Love you my friend!

Sherry L. Hinson Jan 20 2021 12:00 AM