Montez, who served as road and bridge administrator for the county, died in April 2012.
Commissioner Eloy Rodriguez, who made the proposal to the court after having been asked about doing so by family members, said, “Frank Montez was a valued employee for close to 30 years.
“He started out as a mechanic back in 1984 and moved himself up to administrator.
“In all of those years, I never heard any complaints.”
Rodriguez praised the former department head for his willingness to do whatever was needed for the county.
“He performed his job well and was always willing to help those in need,” Rodriguez said.
“Any time you called him, he was right there.”
Commissioner Dennis DeWitt, echoed the sentiment shared by Rodriguez.
“He was one of those people dedicated 24 hours a day. It didn’t matter—cold or wet,” he said.
“I have the deepest respect for him and his family.
“I think this is an honor that should be done.”
Haggard reminded that the work done by Montez for the county can still be seen.
“He also was a great teacher,” he said. “If you want to see that, look at the people working there now.”
The current head of that department, Ray Gonzales, is one of those trained by Frank.
The decision to honor Montez by naming the area in his memory came by unanimous vote.
Commissioner Carlos Salazar said, “I cannot find any greater person to name something for or after.
“Frank was truly special for the county.”
Judge David Silva added, “Mr. Montez made Bee County the envy for other counties for our roads and maintenance.
“I think we are down to one mile of unpaved road, and that is because the people don’t want it.”
A handful of family members were in the audience when commissioners made their decision.
Iris Montez, the daughter-in-law of Frank, said, “When Commissioner Rodriguez called me to tell me this was going be on the agenda, I got a lump in my throat.
“I am sure if he were here today he would say, ‘No, no, no. I was just doing my job.’
“He didn’t like people to fuss over him.”
However, for the family, this showed them just how much Frank meant to the county—beyond just being an employee.
“We truly appreciate this great gesture of respect for my father-in-law,” she said.
Martin Montez said he remembers the many times he would be sitting with Frank on weekends or in the evenings and would hear the phone ring.
“You would hear, ‘There is a tree down in Normanna,’ and he would take off.”
It was that dedication and willingness to go above and beyond what could be expected of any county employee that prompted this honor.
“It will be a great honor to him and his family,” Martin said. “I know he would he would be very proud of what is going on.”
Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.