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Marcial Montoya, born 1938 in Albuquerque, and raised in Quemado by his mother Onesima Montoya. the sixth of ten girls born to Crescensio and Sofia Padilla in Mangus NM.
At the age of 17, Marcial jointed the United States Air Force. He became an airplane mechanic and flew during the Vietnam War. At age 21, he went to California where he started his own family with
Rosie Montoya. There they raised three Children - Marcy, Robert and Daniel.
After 30 years of being a General Contractor in California, Marcial came back to his roots in Quemado to take care of his mother Onesima. He purchased his property and started building his home. Now called "CASA AZUL de Montoyas".
At the beginning there was only a little red wooden barn on the place. Soon he started transforming the outside and inside of the barn to make it a solid and livable space. “I loved my mother but I was 65 years old and couldn’t live under her thumb…” he always said with a smile on his face. He added two rooms, bathrooms and kitchen and suddenly the little barn became a house.
In 2000 Marcial started to add an addition to his home where he could host family and friends. “When you live so far out, you need rooms for your people to stay.” It took a little while to build being only semi-retired and building the house all by himself.
One day in 2012 he attended a dance in Pie Town, NM where he met his wife to be Andrea-Katharina McWhorter, a widow from Datil, NM. Katharina emigrated in 2008 from Germany to New Mexico to live her American dream to be a part of the American West. But times got tough and finding work in this rural area was difficult. In 2012, Katharina became a licensed Massage Therapist and opened her office in the Montoya Residence.
In 2015 Katarina and Marcial decided to give the home the final touch. During the remodeling process the idea of opening the home for travelers came along. “Wouldn’t it be nice to give people a nice and homey place to stay after a long day on the road…?” The decision was made!”
"We always enjoy meeting people from different countries and areas and are interested in other cultures".
Today, Casa Azul De Montoya’s, has three comfortable guest rooms with en-suite baths and a guest living room. There is also a cozy kitchen and dining area where Katharina and Marcial love to cook and entertain their guests, friends and family. They also enjoy the company of their dog “Samba”, their cat “Buttercup” and their two horses “Blacky” and “Pancho”. That said: well-behaved pets are always welcome.
“We are looking forward meeting you"!