Claudio Benito Monge
Sep 26, 1959 - Nov 27, 2018
Claudio was born September 26, 1959 in Los Angeles, California to Dora and Claudio Monge. He excelled in academics and baseball. He loved music and played the saxophone in school. He graduated from Bassett High School with honors which gained him a full scholarship to Cal Poly Pomona to study Architecture. While attending college he decided to serve his country enlisting in the Air Force where he became an air-traffic controller. Claudio had an adventurous spirit which he experienced through various ways but his favorite was in his travels. He always had a generous heart especially for his family. He was a devoted son, brother, husband and step father. Claudio’s pride and joy was his wife Anne, his step children: Matilda, Ernest, Kate, and Tess.
They met playing World of Warcraft and he flew across the world to be with her and start a new life that included 4 grown children. As Matilda said,
“He had the biggest heart in the world. He loved my mum and bragged about all of us like we were his own. We were his Australian family. He was an amazing cook, a damn fine 500 partner, the best hugger and he always had a friendly ear and lots of good advice. My family has lost its soft cuddly centre. I hope wherever he is he knows that he was loved. So so much.”