One of a Kind. By David Montoya. Edited by Donald Elder. ISBN:978-1973725961.
While the United States has taken great strides towards equality since the end of the Second World War, some citizens have found that journey more tortuous than others. David Montoya, a lifelong resident of New Mexico, certainly falls into that category. After a relatively uneventful childhood spent in northern New Mexico, his life changed dramatically at the age of eleven when his family relocated to the eastern part of the state. For the first time in his life, he faced overt and often violent hostility because of his ethnicity. Refusing to accept the discriminatory attitudes prevalent at the time simply, David decided instead to live life on his terms. Facing numerous obstacles along the way—including a period of incarceration in the New Mexico State Penitentiary—David managed to become a skilled craftsman and respected member of the community of Portales, New Mexico. Supported by his family and sustained by his faith, David Montoya stands as an example of how an American citizen can help to overcome prejudice and help move the nation closer to a true equality for all. Dr. Donald Elder
David Montoya was born in 1949 in Las Vegas, New Mexico. His father became a tenant farmer in Roosevelt County, New Mexico, and he relocated his family there in 1960. After helping his father for six years, David found employment in Portales, New Mexico, and moved to that community in 1966. He has resided there ever since. Over the years, David has worked in professions ranging from construction to carpeting, becoming renowned for his hand-crafted creations.