Montgomery earned his bachelor of science
in agriculture degree in 1950 and his master of education
degree in 1958, both from Sam Houston State University.
He also attended graduate school at Texas Tech University.
After his graduation from college, Montgomery
served as an instructor for the Veterans On-the-Farm
Training Program in Sweetwater. He was named area
supervisor of vocational agriculture in the West Texas
region and was appointed as the Texas Department of
Education's State Future Farmers of America Executive
Secretary. He worked in the private sector for a short
time before returning to public service with the Texas
Department of Agriculture. He was appointed chief
deputy to the Texas Commissioner of Agriculture and
served in that position for 10 years. He continues
to support endeavors to improve agriculture and to
encourage youth who are interested in that area.
Montgomery has served on numerous boards
in presidential or directorship capacities with organizations
including: Texas Professional Ag Workers Association,
Texas FFA Alumni Association, Texas FFA Foundation
Board of Directors, Texas Agricultural Council, Texas
Agricultural Forum, Vocational Agriculture Teachers
Association, and Texas Weights and Measures Association.
His civic and humanitarian associations
include the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, Gillespie County
Historical Society, Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock
Show Advisor, Pedernales Creative Art Alliance, and
Fredericksburg Music Association.
He has been recognized with the award
of Outstanding Achievements in Agriculture presented
by the Texas Senate and House of Representatives.
In 1997 he became the first ever honored with the
FFA Hall of Fame Award, and he has been honored with
many other awards including the Honorary Lone Star
Farmer Degree, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's
Outstanding Service to Texas Agriculture, the Area
Young Farmer Distinguished Service Award, and the
Texas Forestry Association Distinguished Service Award.
He and his wife, Carolyn, have five
sons: Lee Montgomery, Murl Montgomery, Rod Morgan,
Larry Morgan and Lance Morgan.