Monte Gene Broadhead, 83, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 24, 2022. He was born on May 29, 1939, in Garfield, Utah to Genieve and Robert Broadhead. Monte was the oldest of 4 children, including DeeAnne, Steve (preceded in death), and Kathy. Monte was raised in Garfield and Magna, Utah and graduated from Cyprus High School in 1957.
Monte married Marilyn Jean Healey on July 26, 1968, in the Logan Utah Temple. He was the proud father of four wonderful children, two he shared with Marilyn (Shawn and Adrian), and two step-children he selflessly helped raise (Ron and Pamela). Together they lovingly share 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, with a new great-granddaughter on the way.
Monte had a great testimony and love of the gospel. Throughout his life, he served in many capacities for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including bishopric and high counsel. He served a mission for the church in Uruguay. He loved to teach, and early in his married life he was asked to develop and teach curriculum for young married couples. As word-of-mouth spread, his class grew more and more each week.
Monte loved and excelled in high school. In addition to being the valedictorian, he lettered in football and swimming and was captain of the chess club. During his senior year he was saluted by the Deseret News. He continued his elected role as student body officer throughout his life, helping plan a high school reunion every 5 years. After returning from his mission, he attended the University of Utah for two years majoring in accounting.
Monte was extremely hard working and dedicated. He was truly happy when he was being productive. Early on in his career he had several jobs, including water treatment and oil drilling mud engineer, often taking him on the road throughout Utah and into neighboring states. When possible, he enjoyed taking his family with him. In the mid-1980s he started his own business selling and installing signs, which he loved and continued doing well into his late 70s. Although terrified of heights, he had no problem climbing ladders or hopping into a hydraulic lift to install a sign. In addition, he proudly served his country for over 20 years, briefly joining the Army National Guard before transferring to the Air National Guard. He retired in 1999, just after his youngest son enlisted.
He didn't particularly love to travel, but he was able to enjoy several vacations throughout his life including: Costa Rica, Alaska, Phoenix, San Antonio, Yellowstone, Lava Hot Springs, Snowbird, Park City, multiple locations in Southern Utah, Las Vegas, Seattle, Disneyland, San Diego, Los Angeles, a business trip to Houston, a working vacation to Hawaii, several months in Zion National Park on a business venture, and a second honeymoon to Branson, Missouri.
While spending time with his family, working, and building things were his favorite ways to spend his time, his love of chess continued throughout his life. He was a tournament chess player, taught his children how to play, and volunteered to play with people in nursing homes later in his life. He also enjoyed reading, table tennis, home improvement, collecting Tweety Bird memorabilia (which has always lived all over the house), listening to classical music, and using a one needle looper to create blankets for his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed cars and motorcycles, owned a ‘56 Chevy, and rode motorcycles into his 30s. He had an insatiable sweet tooth and loved his deserts, particularly ice cream, Coca Cola, whipped cream, and brownies.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 30, 2022, 11:00 a.m., at Taylorsville 23rd Ward, 4932 South 3200 West, Taylorsville, Utah. Viewings will be held Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 6-8:00 p.m. at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road, and again prior to services at the church from 10-10:45 a.m. Interment, Redwood Memorial Estates.