Antonio Montaño (Toño)

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It is with a lot of sadness that the Mexican, Latin American and world skydiving community bids farewell to Toño. He died yesterday afternoon after 1 month in the ICU fighting COVID.

He was one of the great promoters of the sport in Mexico and through Latin America. In skydiving, he is best known for being the DZO of Skydive Cuautla near Mexico City and his boogies at Puerto Escondido. He also participated on multiple bigway records (300, 357, 400 that I can remember).

However, he will mostly be remembered not for his achievements in skydiving, but for his wonderful personality, his big grin, for being a great friend, for his positive attitude to life, for being fun and generous, for being the soul of any party.

Ironically, the first time I remember him was in the mid-90's as he was singing a mariachi song during the funeral of a fellow skydiver who had died in a general aviation accident in a small plane. Toño's singing would make any party better.

Blue skies Toño!

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