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).