“He has been announcing games for more than 20 years,” said Trojan Athletic Director Jimmie Mitchell.
Police Chief Joe Treviño said 58-year-old Martin Montez was discovered on the roof of a house in the 1400 block of West Springer Street just after noon Monday.
A retired shop teacher at A.C. Jones High School, Montez apparently had collapsed on the roof of the home at about noon.
Treviño said the 911 call apparently came from one of Montez’s sons, who said he thought his father had been overcome by the heat.
Police and emergency medical technicians with Angel Care Ambulance Service had to call the Beeville Volunteer Fire Department to assist in getting the victim down and into an ambulance.
Police officers then blocked intersections in the city so that the ambulance could get to the emergency room at Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville without delay.
Doctors pronounced Montez dead shortly after the ambulance arrived.
The news of Montez’s untimely death spread across the city in minutes by telephone calls and social media.
Only days earlier, Montez had taken part in a ceremony at the Bee County Equipment Yard to dedicate a memorial to his brother, Frank, who had died of cancer.
Both Montez brothers had earned a reputation as quiet but confident men who had given many volunteer hours to the community.
Martin Montez had volunteered as a member of the City of Beeville’s Planning Commission since 2002 and had served as the commission’s chairperson, according to City Secretary Barbara Treviño.
Montez was well known within Beeville ISD both as a teacher and the man behind the microphone.
While most will remember him announcing football games, that wasn’t the only sport with which he volunteered to help.
“It was also soccer and girls softball,” Mitchell said. “Everybody is going to miss listening to him at the game. It was a big loss.”
Some people are fans of sports, but Montez was more than that.
Mitchell described Montez as a fixture at the games—someone always there rooting not for the win but for the children playing the game.
“He genuinely cared about our kids,” Mitchell said. “He cared about the Beeville Trojans.
“He was one of the nicest people you would ever get to know.”
When it came to helping the team, his support didn’t stop inside the announcer’s box.
No, it extended well beyond those walls.
“He would even come up and do odd jobs around the field house,” Mitchell said. “He never asked for anything in return. It is a sad day for us.”
Mitchell has only been BISD athletic director about a year but quickly grew fond on Montez.
“He would come into my office weekly,” Mitchell said. “He would stop by in the morning and sit with me and ask how the kids were doing.
“I am going to miss sitting down with him.
“I looked forward to those conversations.”
Assistant AD Terry Greenup said that he knew when something needed doing, he could always count on Montez to lend a hand.
“Any time we needed something, he was there for us,” Greenup said.
Montez, who retired from teaching last year as the construction technology teacher at the high school, would help out even then with repairs.
“When he was teaching here, if I needed a drill or screw, I knew could count on him,” Greenup said.
He remembers seeing the smile on Montez’s face when former students would come up to him and thank him for what he taught him.
“He touched so many people in the building trades,” Greenup said.
Montez would beam when a youth would tell him, “I had a project at home, and I remember how to do it.”
Jaime Rodriguez, now principal at Hampton-Moreno-Dugat Early Childhood Center, was principal at Jones High when Montez retired.
“He was one of the nicest, most respectful, sincere men I have ever met. He would go out of his way to help anybody out,” Rodriguez said.
The respect he garnered from the students was mutual.
“The kids respected him because he respected the kids,” Rodriguez said. “He wasn’t one of those teachers that tried to push his weight around.”
Throughout Beeville ISD, the grim news Monday hit hard.
“He was just a great human being,” Greenup said. “We are definitely heartbroken about it.
“He was part of our athletic family.”
Like Mitchell, Greenup remembers hearing Montez call those hundreds, maybe thousands, of games over the years.
“He didn’t put his commentary on the game,” Greenup said. “He gave the facts and not any opinions.”
Mitchell said, “It is hard to find somebody in high school athletics as professional in the way he did it.
“He took pride in doing it and treated it like it was important.”
Replacing Montez will be difficult.
“They are not going to fill his seat,” Greenup said. “They will sit in the chair, but no one is going to fill it.”