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Jose Monge Montano Jr., 47, of Falls Church, Va., departed peacefully in his sleep the weekend of July 25, 2016.
Joe was a graduate of Norfolk Catholic High School and later from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. His early networking skills were tapped into during his employment for the university’s Office of Student Affairs. He crafted a career grounded in social change and saw public service as a direct path to changing people’s lives.
Joe’s true passions in community organizing were ignited in 1996 through an ambitious voter registration project, called FilVote, through the Filipino Civil Rights Advocates (FilCRA). His career in politics took him from serving as one of the youngest executive directors of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations in 2000 to a state appointed position on the Virginia Asian Advisory Board from 2009 to 2013. Joe most recently served as the Northern Virginia Regional Director of Constituent Services for Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, now the Democratic nominee for vice president.
Always the consummate statesman, Joe championed social and economic issues ranging from access to health care to voter education to and immigrant rights. His skill for engaging people — young or old, progressive or moderate — defied convention. It was his belief that by giving emerging electorates a voice, he was instilling his values and love of democracy.
Joe is survived by his parents, Jose and Loreto Montano; sister, Amelia Lopez (William); brother, Ben Montano (Loretta); two nephews, Ryan Lopez and Noah Montano; and several aunties, uncles and cousins.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4, and Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, 8464 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, Va.
A funeral mass will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 7800 Halprin Dr., Norfolk, Va. Joe’s final resting place will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, 3000 Church Street, Norfolk, Va.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Joe’s honor for funeral expenses; additional money raised will be donated to support the causes that Joe was passionate about. Donations can be made at https://www.youcaring.com/joe-montano-611355.
Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.