Monty Jantzen 75 (AKA Ken Miller), of Santa Barbara, California, died August 6, 2018 at Serenity House in Santa Barbara.
He was born July 7, 1943 in Santa Barbara, California the son of late Donna Johnson and O.B Duncan. He was an only child. On May 24th, 1967 he married Carell Jantzen (AKA Susan Hughes), who survives.
Monty graduated from San Marcos High School in 1961, and joined the United States Navy, serving until July 7, 1966. He retired from Raytheon at the age of 62. He enjoyed collecting and tinkering with his many motorcycles and watching the races at Laguna Seca and camping with friends. He enjoyed reading historical and current events, bird watching, gardening, volunteering at the Braille Institute, and watching American Pickers – fueling his dream to own a junkyard. He could be seeing cruising around town on his little Honda 90, with his easel, paints and brushes, as he loved to paint.
With an incredibly talented, loving creative spirit, he loved to travel – even wining a whisky drinking contest in Ireland. A great storyteller, friend, husband, father, doggie dad and overall generous and kind person.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carell Jantzen, his daughters Steffany (Jantzen) Knable, of Santa Barbra, California, grandson Jerammi Knable (Amber), great-grandson Charles. Daughter Jenica (Jantzen) Egan (Patrick), granddaughters Katelon and Kenddal Egan, of Santa Barbara and his loving uncle Russ Johnson (LaRae) who was always a brother to him.
A celebration of his well lived life we’re so fortunate to have been part of, will be held on 1:00pm, Sunday, August 26, 2018 at the First Congressional Church, 2101 State St., Santa Barbara, CA. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.