Dr. Monty Allen Hampton

  • Born: September 22, 1941
  • Died: December 15, 2019
  • Location: El Granada, California

Miller-Dutra Coastside Chapel - FD-40

645 Kelly Avenue
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Tel. (650) 726-4474

Tribute & Message From The Family

Dr. Monty Allen Hampton
September 22, 1941 to December 15, 2019

Monty Allen Hampton passed away peacefully on December 15. It was a sunny afternoon at his home overlooking the ocean. He was surrounded by family and friends after a courageous battle with cancer.
Monty was born in Glendale, California on September 22, 1941. He attended schools in Burbank and Lancaster, California. He was the first in his family to go to college and received a BS in Geology in 1966 at Los Angeles State College and a PhD in Geology in 1970 from Stanford University. After earning this degree, Dr. Hampton accepted a teaching position at The University of Rhode Island bringing in National Science Foundation grants to the Geology Department at the University. In 1974 he and his family returned to California to participate in Project Independence, The Outer Continental Shelf Environmental Assessment Program where he worked at the United States Geological Survey for 28 years. During this time, he was the Chief Scientist in many field areas and his research brought him all over the world. While at the USGS, in 1984-1986 he served as Branch Chief of Marine Geology, a management position, traveling extensively to promote cooperative research with other countries and overseeing branch research and projects. In 2002 he retired and kept his Emeritus status until 2016. During that time he worked with colleagues in the San Juan Islands, volunteered on scientific cruises and finished publications on past research.
Monty was active in all types of sports. In college he ran track and pole vaulted. He acquired a love for surfing, rock climbing, hiking, skiing, wind surfing and boogie boarding. He ran several marathons and enjoyed biking and roller blading in later years. Monty enjoyed playing his guitar and listening to blues music. He also experimented with watercolor painting.
In his retirement years, Monty loved traveling with his wife Karen of 50 years and looked forward to spending time with his 5 grandchildren. He was a member of SEPM, AGU, Surfrider Foundation, PCA and the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club and gave talks related to Coastal Geology for various organizations.
Friends and family described Monty as a kind, honest, intelligent, true warrior during his illness and at times a humorous person - a true gentleman devoted to his wife and daughters.
He is predeceased by his father and mother, Milton Hampton and Eva Marie Peters and brother George Hampton. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Karen; daughters, Jenny (Christopher) Grantham; Julie(David) Marcik and grandchildren – Ryan (Abigail) , Kyle and Dalton Grantham; and Vienna and Zurich Marcik; and brother, John Peters.
A celebration of his life is being planned at Coastside Lutheran Church on January 10. Visitation at 10:00 and service at 11:00. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: Stanford University, The Cancer Fund for Dr. Howard Lee, 485 Broadway, 4th Floor, Redwood City, California 94063.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Monty, I'm so sorry I missed you! I have been trying to find Hampton (or Peters) descendants for a long time. Monty, your Mother, Eva Marie, was my 1st Cousin, ie her Father and my Mother (Fern Alexander) were siblings. I've been working on our family history for over 20 years. I have some great family photos I'd like to pass along, so if anyone is reading this, who is interested (or knows someone who is) I would be glad to send them to you. Rest in Peace, Monty! Your Cousin, Sherry Steele (Everett, WA--steel75642@aol.com)

Posted by Sherry Steele - Everett, WA - Family   March 29, 2020

Dear Karen, Jenny & Julie: So sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Monty. Holy Family Church & Preschool are holding you close in our hearts & prayers.

Posted by Flo Driscoll - Half Moon Bay, CA - Friend   March 02, 2020

Dear Karen, Jenny and Julie, You did Monty proud today. I was happy to see you all, and I know Monty was proud and is proud of you all. Everything was perfect.

Posted by Cathy Frazee - Placerville, CA - Coworker   January 10, 2020

Monty was a true gentleman and a pleasure to work with. I'll always remember his wit, his laugh, and his calm demeanor.

Posted by Tom Reiss - San Jose, CA - Coworker   January 07, 2020


Monty was my first boss at the Survey. He was the best. I learned so much from him and with him about geology and sediment analysis and being a good person. I looked up to him and he never failed me. I was blessed to have him mentor me. He will be missed.

Posted by Cathy Frazee - Placerville, CA - Coworker   January 06, 2020

I miss you brother. nearly 44 years of research and fun. Laughs, high seas, Hawaii, Alaska. It couldn't have been any better. Thanks for taking the time to guide and mentor me.

Posted by Mike Torrsan - La Honda, CA - Friend   January 05, 2020

Rest in peace Monty. You left a wonderful legacy in the world and I will miss you. It was special sharing so many aspects of life with you: an office in grad school, classes at Stanford, starting families and watching our kids play together, cross country in 1970 to New England, and then 5 years later back to the USGS in Menlo, where we found our career niches.

Posted by Tom Holzer - Palo Alto, CA - Family Friend   January 01, 2020

A great friend and High School classmate. His loss is touching. God bless and comfort you Karen, and all the family.

Posted by Bill Bekgaard - Lake Arrowhead, CA - Classmate   December 29, 2019

I'll never forget the great times we had together in our research, and Monty's wonderful steady-handed guidance branch-chiefing. The world would be a better, and more productive, place if all the bosses of the world had the loving touch that Monty had.

Posted by Steve Eittreim - Palo Alto, CA - Friend   December 23, 2019

Rest in Peace Monty! Many thanks for all your help and generosity with the Mountain Camp and your knowledge, presence, skills, good humor and kindness. You are missed. Thanks.

Posted by John Wade - Pescadero, CA - Friend   December 23, 2019


Rest In Peace Monty! What a full and meaning life you lived! You will be missed dearly.

Posted by Rex Lawrence - Granite Bay, CA - Acquaintance   December 19, 2019

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