Frank Montalbano III

March 6, 1948 - November 17, 2021

Frank Montalbano, III, age 73, of Tallahassee, Florida, died Wednesday, November 17, 2021, in Beaumont, Texas.  He was born March 6, 1948, to Tommie Ruth Messer and Frank Montalbano, Jr. in Beaumont, Texas.  Frank was a proud graduate of Texas A & M University class of 1970 and a United States Air Force Veteran.

He was a certified wildlife biologist for Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission for 32 years, retiring in 2005.

One of his greatest pleasures was hunting ducks, geese, doves, and deer, and he was getting his hunting camp at LaBelle, Texas, ready for duck season when he passed away.  He was a masterful Labrador retriever trainer from his first dog Lady to his last dog Aggie.

He is survived by his wife, Anne Steinman Montalbano; his children Tom Montalbano (Tricia) of Tallahassee, Florida; Robbie Montalbano also of Tallahassee; and beloved yellow lab Aggie (Yellow Rose of Aggieland); also, Anne’s children Brian Meter of Oak Park, Michigan; Christopher Meter (Cameron) of Seattle, Washington; and Elizabeth Meter Smith (Bryan) of Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan; seven grandchildren Summer, Brian, Riley, Lucille, Marietta, Brooklyn, and Frankie. He is also survived by his brother Tom Montalbano (Gail) of Lumberton, Texas; and sister Diana Braquet (Brian) of Tyler, Texas; and many Montalbano and Messer cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents and by his first wife, Nancy Ann Silcox Montalbano.

There will be a gathering of friends and family at noon on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at LaBelle Ranch picnic area on Taylor’s Bayou.

Funeral services will be at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Tallahassee, Florida, on Saturday, December 4, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, please send charitable donations to Good Shepherd Church, 4665 Thomasville Rd, Tallahassee, Florida, 32309; or Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd, Tallahassee, Florida, 32308.



Gathering of Family and Friends

  • November 20, 2021
  • 12:00 pm

Funeral Service

Good Shepherd Catholic Church
  • 4665, Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, Florida, 32309,
  • December 4, 2021

Comments (9)

    Marc Epstein says:

    So very sorry to hear about Frank’s passing. Frank certainly opened doors for me, encouraging me forward in wetland management. He was an advisor and I listened knowing that the words were coming from someone who achieved a high standard in professional wildlife management. He was also a friend and have often thought of him in that way. Sad to know of his passing.

    David Brakhage says:

    So sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. I think of him fondly as a special friend and mentor, giving me my start as a waterfowl biologist and teaching me many important life lessons, both professionally and personally. My sincere condolences to the family and friends he has left behind.

    Fred Johnson says:

    Although I had lost touch with Frank over the years, I often thought of him. Frank gave me my first job out of grad school in 1981 as he was building what was to become a formidable waterfowl program in Florida. I will forever be indebted to him for his mentorship and for his friendship. I know many others feel the same. Frank will be missed, but long remembered.

    george shumaker says:

    We are so sad to hear of Fra nks death. My his soul rest in peace. Love to all, Mary Ann & George sShumaker/

    Matthew C. Perry says:

    Very sad news to learn of Frank’s death. I remember Frank well from decades past and sorry we lost contact. He was a very friendly man and will be missed. Much sympathy to family. Matt Perry

    Tom Wright says:

    Today, the lord has received a good man and My friend. Frank, may you Rest In Peace and watch over your family from far above. TJ Wright

    H W Heusmann says:

    Sad to hear of Frank’s death. I enjoyed verbally sparring with him at Atlantic Flyway tech section meetings for many years. He had a way with words and usually won the section over. He was enjoyable company.

    mike cacioppo says:

    so sorry for your loss.

    my youngest brother james tells me that frank was one of the first people to take him duck hunting.

    love & prayers,


    Linda Simpson says:

    Tom and Gail I am so sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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