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Obituaries: McFarland; Montoya Jr.

Mary Kathryn McFarland

Mary Kathryn McFarland: 1949 – 2022

Mary Kathryn McFarland, born July 25, 1949 in Casper, Wyoming passed away Saturday, December 3, 2022 at Central Wyoming Hospice.

Mary lived in Casper until she was 18, married, and moved to Cheyenne. Mary did many things in her life, but she worked as a surgical technician for 35 years in Cheyenne, Denver, and Casper. She was in the first graduating class at the new Kelly Walsh High School and the first girl to be in the auto mechanics class.

Mary enlisted in the Air National Guard at the age of 34 and was stationed in Germany and worked in the medical field.

She moved backed to Casper about 20 years ago and continued to work as a surgical technician. She was a talented ballet dancer in her teens, a master gardener, and had beautiful gardens. She loved fishing, camping, and being outdoors.

She was planning to go to Africa again this year and spending a couple of years volunteering her time – that was her dream.

Mary is survived by her mother, Clotilde McFarland, sisters, Sherry and Sandy; daughter, Heather Bundy and Bridget Smerchek; and son, Sean White.

She was preceded in death by her father, Floyd McFarland.

A Funeral Mass is scheduled for December 13, 2022 at 11:00 am at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 400 Country Club Rd, Casper, WY 82609. The family plans to have Mary’s remains put to rest at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors in the spring of 2023.

Arrangements are under the direction of Newcomer Casper. 


Jake Montoya, Jr.

Jake Montoya, Jr.: April 21, 1949 – November 25, 2022

Jake Montoya Jr., 73, from Casper, Wyoming passed away on November 25, 2022, from covid-19 complications, peacefully in his sleep.

Jake Montoya Jr. born April 21, 1949, to Jake Montoya Sr. and Pauline (Rivera) Montoya in Casper, WY.

Jake was the second oldest child of 11 siblings. After the passing of our father Jake Sr. all the younger siblings depended on Louis and Jake as the father figure. Jake and Louis loved working on their Harleys together, and all the siblings would stand in line to get a ride with them.

 Jake worked on the oil fields, and JE Acoustic Ceiling Construction. Jake also had enrolled in AMA Arizona Mechanic School. To further his mechanic ability on motorcycles. In Jake’s spare time he enjoyed riding with all his friends throughout Wyoming and the Dakotas, and Rawlins, and never missing the rally in Sturgis. Other pass times he enjoyed shooting billiards, and a backyard BBQ with neighbors and cousin.

Jake loved to cook and share his favorite green chilies recipes, and when Old Man Winter approached, Jake would clear out the living room to work on the Harleys all winter.

Jake was always a big flirt with lots of jokes and his infectious smile and love for life. He never met a stranger. He was generous with his time, love, and friendship. He was always up for a gathering or a good time with family and friends. He is greatly missed by all.

Jake is survived by his children, Shawna and Jake Montoya III, granddaughter Ava Bella Selillto of Sarasota, FL. Along with his ex – wife Susie Eye Montoya.

His siblings: Richard (Candy) Montoya of Casper, WY. Priscilla (Joe) Romero of Casper, WY. Tina (Harry) Greenberg of Denver, CO. Cecilia (Steve) Gottfried of Atascadero, CA. Paul (Janae) Rivera of Casper, WY. Roy Mestas Jr. of Casper, WY. His nieces and nephews: Andrew Mestas and Anthony Mestas. Traci Montoya, Ricky Montoya, Jr., Paul Rivera, Jr. Chelsey Rhodes. Mariah Griffin. Tricia Miller, Kim Montoya, Devona Montoya Waddell, Adam Cisneros, Matt Cisneros, Luis Romero, Celisha Rivera, Joshua Rivera, Vanessa Martin, Leeann Greenberg, James Gottfried, Caleb Gottfried, Raquel Gottfried, Sareah Gottfried, Jordan Gottfried, Andrea Montoya, Andy Montoya Jr., Louis Montoya Jr., Joe Fuller, and Amber Larimer. Also the many Montoya & Rivera relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Jake Montoya Sr. and Pauline (Rivera) Montoya. His significant other Laura Sanford. His brothers Louis Montoya Sr., Andy Montoya, Roger Montoya and Anthony Montoya. Niece Kristal Rooker the many lifetime friends, and brothers Jake met along the way in Wyoming, Montana and the Dakotas.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Avenue, Casper, WY 82601.


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