David Herbert Montague

Born in Watertown, NY on March 8, 1933

Departed on December 31, 2020 and resided in Franklin, TN

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Dave Montague of Franklin, TN passed away suddenly on December 31, 2020 at the age of 87. He is survived by his loving wife, Donna Montague; three children, Dale Montague (Karen), Diane Thomas (Mike), and Doug Montague (Laurie); two stepchildren, Kiery Clawson (Jim) and Kyle Herbel (Erica); two grandchildren, Allison Thomas and Michael Montague; four step-grandchildren; and his brother Wayne Montague (Donna).

Dave graduated from Morrisville Technical Institute in 1952. He enlisted in the United States Air Force and served during the Korean War in Guam and Japan. He went on to become a Staff Sergeant in the 15th Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC), 99th Bomb & Reconnaissance Wing at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, WA. Dave was the Crew Chief on 11 Convair B-36 “Peacemaker” strategic bombers. There are only four B-36’s left in existence and one of them is a plane from Dave’s fleet: tail #13730, now at Castle Air Museum in Atwater, California. Dave played the bugle in the Air Force Drum and Bugle Corps, playing at parades and events up and down the West Coast of the United States and Canada. He also served in the Color Guard and had the honorable role of carrying the American flag.

In 1970 Dave became a professional home builder and established Montague Construction in Spokane, WA. He was a leader in the home building industry and served in multiple leadership roles, including President of the Spokane Home Builders’ Association for several years. Dave built over 400 homes in the Spokane area and over the years Montague Construction won many awards in Spokane’s Home Shows. As Dave’s reputation grew, Montague Construction became a general contractor for commercial projects as well. The fleet of Montague Construction trucks and equipment, all painted in his signature blue and white, were often seen around town.

Dave and Donna were married in 1984 and moved to Nashville, TN in 1987. Dave continued as a designer and builder of both residential and commercial projects, which included the renovation of the stained-glass window at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, TN. He was loved and respected by his many clients in the Nashville/Franklin area, where he was commonly seen with a can of Pepsi in his hand. When Dave was not working, which he enjoyed, he also liked watching NASCAR and the Tennessee Titans.

The funeral service will be held at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens Funeral Home on January 7, 2021 at 2:00 pm. It will also be live streamed on Facebook. To view the live stream, “Like” the Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens Facebook page.

In lieu of flowers, the Montague family request that donations be made to The Store, a non-profit grocery store created by Brad Paisley and Kim Williams-Paisley (The Store, PO Box 128287, Nashville, TN 37212).

8 Comments to David Herbert Montague

  1. Todd LePIque
    January 5, 2021 3:55 pm

    My heart goes out to all of us whom loved Dave!

  2. Erica Herbel
    January 5, 2021 10:16 pm

    A beautiful life. Dave will be missed.

  3. Terri A Rowland
    January 6, 2021 2:41 pm

    What a great neighbor and wonderful man. My husband recently passed away and David was always there if I had a question. My husband had a wonderful friendship with Dave. I love you Donna for being such a fun friend. I am so very sorry.

  4. John J Young
    January 6, 2021 9:42 pm

    I only had the pleasure of knowing David for 3 years, but in that time was very fortunate to spend a lot of driving time hearing a multitude of stories and watching a true craftsman at work. Godspeed David and thank you.

  5. Jennifer Pepper
    January 7, 2021 9:28 am

    Dave was considered family to us. He worked with us on the design and build of several home renovations over the past ten years. His attention to detail, passion for his craft, and considerable knowledge made Dave a unique treasure in the home construction industry. But beyond that, Dave’s kind and gentle spirit, good humor, and his love for life has left an indelible example of a life well lived. We will miss him. We are forever grateful for having him in our lives.

  6. George and Tammy
    January 7, 2021 11:55 am

    What an exceptional man with talent, intelligence, spunk and love of life. He gave of himself freely and we loved him with our whole hearts. Donna, you were his world and everyone knew it! We are praying for you to have strength every day. You are greatly loved!

  7. John and Megan Leffew
    January 7, 2021 11:06 pm

    Our hearts are broken to hear of Dave’s passing. He touched our lives as he transformed our home. We loved his stories and his laugh. We think of him often and tell our little Clara how Dave and Dave finished a major project the night before she was born.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Donna and Dave’s entire family.

  8. Tom and Sandy Olson
    January 9, 2021 9:19 am

    Donna and Montaque family, We are at a loss of words that describe our sadness felt by our family.
    Dave was such a generous and non judgement al person in his community he will be missed by all those that knew him.
    His skill as a builder is represented by the beautiful home he built for my sister.
    He will always be remember by our family as a man with loyalty and integrity.

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