LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KFOX14) — Chief Jaime Montoya, retired Las Cruces Police Officer is being laid to rest Friday after his battle with cancer.
Montoya who was 52 years old died Jan. 3 after battling cancer throughout the year of 2018.
Dan Trujillo the spokesperson for the Las Cruces Police Department and one of Montoya's friends said he will be missed by many.
“It’s a very difficult day here in Las Cruces for a lot of us because we’ve lost a friend and today we send him off,” said Trujillo.
He served the Las Cruces Police Department for 26 years and was the chief from December of 2013 till his retirement in December of 2017.
“Jaime Montoya was a very good man, he dedicated his life to the community, was a graduate of New Mexico State University, he worked for LCPD for 26 years, he was the chief for four years and he just really gave his all,” said Trujillo.
The viewing will be followed by a Catholic Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Friday at Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Montoya will be laid to rest at the Dona Ana Cemetery, 601 Dona Ana School Rd., in the Village of Dona Ana. The funeral procession from Immaculate Heart of Mary is anticipated to be large with temporary closures of several intersections along the way.
The route of the funeral procession from Immaculate Heart of Mary:
North on Espina Street to Amador Avenue.
West of Amador to Main Street.
North on Main Street, through Downtown Las Cruces, to Picacho Avenue.
East on Picacho, a road which turns into Spruce Avenue, to Solano Drive.
North on Solano Drive to Main Street.
East on Main to Elks Drive.
North on Elks to Dona Ana School Road.
West on Dona Ana School Road to the Dona Ana Cemetery, 601 Dona Ana School Rd.
The best viewing of the funeral procession will be from the sidewalks along Main Street in Downtown Las Cruces, along Picacho Avenue between LCPD and Branigan Library, along Solano Drive between Spruce and Main, and along Elks Drive. The Las Cruces Police Department asks those who wish to mourn Chief Montoya, and honor his family, to remain on the sidewalks until the last vehicle in the procession passes.