Ezequiel - Zeke Montes
(1948 - 2013)

Ezequiel - Zeke Montes

June 12, 1948

Illionois, United States of America
January 29, 2013

Zeke was an eternally HAPPY person, and dancing made him happy. He loved his music and had worked as a musician earlier in his life.

Zeke is survived by his wife and business partner of more than 40 years, Rosalinda; children, Patricia, Christine, Edward, and Esteban, and many grandchildren.

CEO and President of Tele Guia Inc., the holding company for three successful Spanish language publications in the greater Chicago Area: Tele Guia de Chicago, El Imparcial Newspaper, and Guia Telefonica. Started in 1985, with a Spanish language TV Guide and entertainment magazine the business grew to nine magazines covering a five-county area. In 1999, he acquired his second publication, El Imparcial, a Cicero and Berwyn based Spanish language newspaper to ensure that the Hispanic community was and continues to be well-informed about their schools and government. In 2006, Montes launched Guia Telefonica, a Spanish language yellow page directory.

Zeke was always the first to volunteer to help for anything - and the first to pick up a check. Everyone remembers him as such a positive, energetic, happy person. So full of joy. So committed to seeing the Latino community get treated with the respect that it deserves.

Zeke devoted his life to bettering Hispanic Print and NAHP (National Association of Hispanic Publications). Zeke serve six terms as President - more than anyone else has or will be able to. He was elected as the second NAHP President in 1986 and served three terms early in the NAHP history when board members were elected to one year terms (1986-1989). His many accomplishments from this period include the NAHP joining HACR and other key national organizations, the NAHP Group Buy program grew, the start of what is today the José Martí Awards, first scholarships, and first convention in Mexico.

From 1999 to 2003 he served another 2 terms during a major growth period for the NAHP. During this time the NAHP had one of it's most memorable events when future President of Mexico Fox and Edward James Olmos were at the same lunch and both gave amazing speeches.

Zeke was in the final year of his final two year term (2011-2013).

While others have devoted meaningful time to the NAHP and the development of Hispanic Print - Zeke devoted his life to bettering Hispanic Print.

Zeke helped organize the Latino Book and Family Festival to promote literacy and education to the approximately 25,000 annual attendees. Served on the Board of Directors for organizations such as the Norwegian American Hospital, the Cicero Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, the National Hispanic Media Council, and the National Hispanic Leadership Council. Previously also chaired the Outreach Committee for the American Cancer Society of Illinois, served on a Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee for Morton College, and served as a District Chair for the Chippewa District of the Boy Scouts.


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We always remember you and your inspirational leadership Zeke.
Pepe Palacio (friend)
April 22nd, 2013
Uncle Zeke:
Well today was the day we parted ways in our physical life on earth. You were always an inspiration to many and representative of the second chance that we should always get. You danced in life in more ways than you could imagine. Your grace on the dance floor was also what you brought into a room when you arrived.

Personally , I vividly recall your passage from The IC to insurance salesman , car salesman , bar owner and finally publisher. (Did I miss any?) you are truly a testament to the opportunity that this great nation we live in can be. I looked up to you as one of the many role models I was blessed to have growing up. We are all richer through our existence with you. I am proud to have been your nephew.

Your big smile, your laugh -that laugh that filled the room with great joy- will sorely be missed. Your calls and emails about business stuff won't come anymore. I know you will stop in from time to time . I look forward to it. Say hello to grandma and grandpa - give them a hug for me. Until we see each other again. Rest in peace Uncle. With much love.
Lou Sandoval (Nephew)
February 8th, 2013
Love You so much Uncle Zeke! You've really touched my family and I on your years on earth. You mean so much to Tia Rosie and I. I was crying so much when I heard the news. Best Wishes to the Montes family.
Caroline Sandoval (Great Niece)
February 7th, 2013
I will forever be thankful for all the support and help you gave me Mr. Montes! He was an amazing human being with a big heart and love for people. He was devoted to his work and his family. It was a privilege to have have known you and worked for you! We will miss you and we will remember you ALWAYS!! Prayers and thoughts are with Mrs. Montes and the family.
Rebeca Nava
February 7th, 2013
I remember being introduced to Mr Montes many years ago through his daughter Christina and had the opportunity to visit his business and was amazed by his vision, dedication, and leadership within the Chicagoland Hispanic community. His dedication to his family is a bright reflection in the love to his family and everyone around him. His smile it all...happiness and love surrounds him always.
Emma Cavazos ( friend)
February 6th, 2013
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"We all miss you tio. I hope your a well off as you were in life, the rest of us fondly remember you. Love you Tia and everyone !"
Raphael Montes
November 19th, 2013
"Ha sido una gran perdida para todos aquellos que conocimos a Mr. Zeke Montes, con tristeza mis más sinceras condolencias a Rosy Montes, Cristina Montes y por supuesto a toda la familia. Trabajé con ustedes y fué una gran, gran y lindísima experie"
Lupita Padilla
March 1st, 2013
"Para un gran hombre y jefe que me dio la oportunidad de trabajar con el por 17 años en Teleguia y todas sus publicaciones, quien siempre me apoyo, y me abrio las puertas de su empresa, de su casa y su familia. Dios lo bendiga y lo tenga en su gloria"
February 14th, 2013
"You will be truly missed...your contributions to the growth of Hispanic print will remain as the memorial to your leadership...your wonderful, happy soul will remain with us to keep our spirits soaring. Goodbye friend...I know we will meet again..."
Gloria Rodriguez
February 8th, 2013
February 4th, 2013
""Mr. Montes" You always had a warm smile and kind words. You knew how to MAKE THAT PERSON FEEL SPECIAL. you gave your time and your love to all that knew you. I will forever remember your contagious smile and laughter, We will meet again. R.I.P"
Laura Urbina
February 4th, 2013
"I met my wife at Teleguia(over 20+ years ago)Zeke asked me to check his computer. We have been friends since then. If he had never called me to help him with his computer's problem I wouldn't be able to have the wonderful family I have today. Thank"
Charles Urbina
February 4th, 2013
"We lost a GREAT PERSON and AMAZING LEADER with the passing of Zeke Montes. Zeke Montes was the most giving person I’ve ever met. He was always the first to volunteer to help for anything – and the first to pick up a check."
Kirk Whisler
February 2nd, 2013
"I feel very fortunate to know Zeke and his family. He was not just a great father ,friend husband or a leader but he was a "Great Person" all together and he did leave a legacy behind.We will miss him.."
Zee Kurap
February 2nd, 2013
"“Mr. Montes” admirable su vitalidad, emprendedor incansable de nuevos proyectos, siempre dispuesto a escuchar a los demas aun cuando tuviera muchas cosas pendientes por hacer, gran conversador …su palabra favorita “Guaaauu”, te hacia sentir"
Odeth Mendoza
February 1st, 2013


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