Monte V. Berry passed away Sunday, March 26, 2023, at age 73. He was the father of six children and had many grandchildren.
Monte had a patient, cheery temperament and enjoyed humor. Growing up he loved hearing his father play the piano and organ, assist in the families’ music stores, watch his mother’s performances, and enjoyed time with siblings. He shared many great memories in several outdoor activities. He enjoyed dogs and had several great ones; they were his companions.
He built an early model metal detector which set his life path and love. After high school he desired to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he was a life-long member, but was drafted for service in the U.S. Army before he had the opportunity. He had various assignments prior to training and serving as a medic in Vietnam during the war. In honor of his selfless service and sacrifice on several occasions he was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was an expert marksman.
After military service he worked in law enforcement where he was recognized for developing the police departments firearm shooting qualification course and worked his way to becoming the Chief of Police. He was admitted into the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police.
After leaving law enforcement he worked in sales, marketing, and consulting. He really enjoyed consulting several Wasatch Front Utah police agencies. He was featured in several news articles, videos, movies, and magazines. He was well known and highly respected in the metal detecting community where he developed many methods and techniques which will continue as part of his legacy. He worked several decades in real estate property management prior to retiring.
He was preceded in death by this parents and brother. He is survived by his children and sisters. He will be greatly missed until we meet again.
Services will be on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at 10 a.m. at Utah Veterans Memorial Park: 17111 South Camp Williams Road Bluffdale, Utah 84065