Jeffrey Snow Montague died at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, September 23, 1990, while undergoing treatment for lymphoma.
Born in Salt Lake City July 12, 1946, to Keith Edgar and Elizabeth Snow Montague. He attended East High School and the University of Utah. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa during 1968-69. While completing two years of alternative service in Utah as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, Jeffrey earned his master's degree in English.He taught literature and composition at the University of Utah and at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a doctoral candidate specializing in the American political novel. From 1981 through 1983 he taught literature at the Institute of International Relations in Beijing, China and traveled extensively in Asia. His nontraditional career included work as a community organizer and fundraiser, advocate for poor, editor, and writer for print media, television, and non-commercial radio.
Jeffrey was a longtime volunteer at KRCL Radio and a member of the ACLU. He loved good food, music and "schmoozing". He read the sports section first. He lived his ideals, not just giving them lip service. He had an impeccable sense of right and wrong, was painfully compassionate and was always willing to share his accumulated wisdom. Jeffrey profoundly affected the lives of his family and countless friends in this community and around the world, most recently in Seattle, where he finished his life with characteristic grace and good humor as well as incredible bravery.
He is survived by his wife, Annina Mitchell; his daughter, Rachel, whom he adored; his parents; siblings, Christopher, Leslie and Douglas; grandmother, Vera R. Snow.
Friends are invited to share in remembering and meditation time with the family Tuesday evening, October 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the White Community Memorial Chapel, 150 East 300 North (facing the state capitol). A private gathering is being planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations of money or time and energy to one of the organizations Jeffrey cared about: Salt Lake Community Shelter, ACLU, the Nature Conservancy, KRCL Radio, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
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