Monty Heyer

Lamont D. Heyer, known by his family and friends as Monty, age 80, originally of Denver, Colo., died April 23, 2017, following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, in his home at La Vida Mission Viejo in Southern California. Monty was born April 14, 1937, in Colorado Springs, Colo., to Hadley and Mamie Heckathorn Heyer.

Mr. Heyer attended Alameda High School and as a senior, was class president. He was an excellent student and earned a Colorado State scholarship, enabling him to be the first in his family to go to college. He graduated from the Univ. of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in electrical engineering in 1959. During college, he joined the ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corp) and following graduation, received a commission in the Army Corp of Engineers as a 2nd Lieutenant. He served two years active duty as an officer in the Army Signal Corp before receiving an honorable discharge in 1961.

He married Gretchen A. Van Sant, whom he had met in high school, June 14, 1959, following his graduation from college. As mentioned in his book, “Memories of Lamont ‘Monty’ Heyer,” written for the benefit of his grandchildren, “It was the best decision of my lifetime.”

Mr. Heyer worked as an aerospace engineer at Hughes Aircraft in Culver City, Calif., for 31 years, during which time he spent five years working on the radar system to the F14 Tomcat Fighter. He described this project as his most memorable work accomplishment. He retired in 1992 to enjoy golf, tennis, skiing and travel, living in Palm Springs, Calif.; Peoria, Ariz.; and Laguna Woods, Calif.

He is survived by his wife, Gretchen; son, Scott (Stephanie) Heyer; grandchildren, Nikki (Blake) Heyer-Borg, Nathan “Nate” (Corinne) Heyer, and Neil Heyer; great-grandson, Dean Borg, and soon-to-be born great-grandson (May 2017), Aaron Heyer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, along with his older brother, Kirk Heyer.

Graveside services and interment will be held 11 a.m. April 29 in the Panguitch Cemetery, in Southern Utah. Online guestbook at