Dr. Samuel Anthony Monticello

June 10, 1936 ~ March 4, 2024

Dr. Samuel Anthony Monticello, 87, passed away in Lake Charles, Louisiana on Monday, March 4, 2024. A lifelong resident of Lake Charles, he was born on June 10, 1936, one of three children of Anthony and Stella DiCarlo Monticello.

Dr. Monticello graduated from Landry Memorial High School in 1954. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in Biology-Chemistry/Education from Lamar University in 1959, followed by a Master of Science in Animal Nutrition from LSU in 1960. In 1964, he achieved his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University. Until his passing, he remained an avid fan of LSU and Texas A&M football.

Dr. Monticello entered private veterinary practice, founding Monticello Large Animal Clinic in 1965, where he dedicated himself to large animal (primarily equine) care and surgery until his retirement in 2000. In 1966, he began teaching part-time at McNeese State University, eventually becoming a full-time Associate Professor of Animal Science and earning Professor Emeritus status in 2019. He was an advisor to and sponsor of student pre-vet organizations at McNeese, was an active member of several professional organizations, and was a contributor to numerous studies and publications. He held two U.S. patents, one for the use of a water curable fiberglass resin for the repair of equine hoof defects, and one for a new generation of spoon fishing lures. Throughout his career, his students and many of his clients called him “Dr. Sam.” Dr. Sam enjoyed helping the McNeese College of Agriculture whenever and however he could.

Devoted to his family, faith, and community, Dr. Monticello served Our Lady Queen of Heaven Parish in the PREP Program. He cherished his role as a husband, father, and grandfather, finding joy in spending time with his family, with whom he was both a loving patriarch and a renowned practical joker. In his leisure time, he enjoyed fishing, “piddling” in his shop and with his boat,  yard work, exercising, and having a weekly “Old Man’s breakfast” with his friends at Big Daddy’s restaurant.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Leah Lisman Monticello, whom he met at Lamar University; his daughter, Dr. Lisa Snider (Dr. Van); his sons, Chris Monticello (Stacey) and Sean Monticello (Lisa); four grandchildren, Lauren Snider, Melissa Snider Smith (Cameron), Nicolas Monticello, and Alexander Monticello; and his sister, Veronica Kemerly. He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Stella Monticello, and his sister, Claire Smith.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 9, 2024 at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. Rev. Samuel Bond will serve as Celebrant. Pallbearers will be Chris Monticello, Sean Monticello, Dr. Van Snider, Nicolas Monticello, Alexander Monticello, Randy Partin, Cameron Smith, and Darren Goodwin.  Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Ballard, Len Benckenstein, Uland Guidry, Robert Labby, Dr. Frederick “Chip” Lemieux, Don Matheson, Buzzy Nagem, and John Smith. In respect of the family’s wishes, a private burial will be held at Consolata Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

The family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the McNeese Foundation, Dr. Sam Monticello Scholarship in Agriculture, P.O. Box 91989 Lake Charles, LA. 70609.  Make checks payable to the Sam Monticello Scholarship Fund.

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Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, March 9, 2024
11:00 am

Our Lady Queen Of Heaven Catholic Church


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  1. Candle 2Prayers for the family of Dr. Sam. He surely will be missed by all who knew him. Before verifying the time for his vet. visit at the Meche home, he inquired what was for lunch that day. Mom and Dad asked him what he wanted for lunch and it was prepared and ready for him. There was much LOVE there for him. Rest in Peace Dr. Sam. The Bruce Meche Family.

  2. Candle 1So sorry for your loss. He was a great vet and cared deeply about his patients. He will be missed greatly.

  3. So sad to hear about Dr. Sam. What a great Animal Doctor he was. Heart felt Sympathy to the Family. You have lost a good man. You all are in my prayers 🙏🕊♥️. Rest in Peace my friend. Martha H. Richard

  4. Nothing but love and respect for a great mentor and boss. I can never express how much I enjoyed my time with Dr. Sam. He was special not only to me but numerous other young veterinarians.

  5. Candle 7Please accept our deepest condolences. Dr. Sam was our vet for many years. He was a great vet and a good person. The world has lost a good one. Prayers are with the family.

  6. Candle 2So sorry to hear about Dr Monticello! Praying for Gods Grace and space in your heart as you mourn your loss and celebrate his life!

  7. Deepest sympathy for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Sonny & Ednadeen

  8. We are so sorry about Dr. Sam. I can’t say enough good about him. We used him for allot of years and I always learned something new about horses from him. He was the best Veterinarian that we ever knew.
    Praying for the family.🙏

  9. Candle 1Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to you all. May faith and loving memories carry y’all through this difficult time. We enjoyed having the Doc for our very dear friend, for so many years. We will forever hold the memories we made of those days gone by, dear to our hearts. May you Rest In Peace, Doc, in your Heavenly Home with all the Angels and Saints. Amen

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