Lamont (Monty) Cain was born in Palo Alto California in April of 1942, not long after the start of WWII. In January of 1945 he was orphaned to his mother, when his father was killed in action in Belgium during the “Battle of the Bulge”. In 1948 his mother remarried and the family moved to South Dakota. Monty’s stepfather was an itinerant ranch hand from the Fort Pierre, SD area, and Monty attended school in and around Pierre, SD. He attended high school in Agar, and Pierre. For several of those years, his father had worked jobs great distances from schools, so Monty would return to northern California to a stable location with his grandparents to remain in school. His grandfather was a millwright with a wealth of construction knowledge, who took Monty under his wing and taught him the basics of electrical, plumbing and carpentry at a young age. When he wasn’t involved in farming and ranching, Monty used the background he received from his grandfather and worked as a carpenter, and equipment operator. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army and served three years of active duty service in Kansas, North Carolina, in Korea, and in Alaska.
After his service in the Army, Monty married his wife Shirley Goehner and settled down. He attended and graduated from Barber College, and barbered in Redfield, SD at the Hotel Barber Shop, until 1966 when he joined the police department in Pierre. Four years later in 1970, Monty moved his family to Kulm, ND. There he took the position of Chief of Police until 1974, when he moved to Yankton, SD and attended Yankton College. In July of 1975, Monty’s wife of 23 years passed away unexpectedly so he switched gears and went to work for the Yankton College maintenance department. In 1981, Monty moved to the Black Hills Playhouse with his second wife of 35 years Lynne Gillen and his two children, working as director of maintenance and the playhouse liaison with Custer State Park. In 1984 he moved to Springfield, SD where he began his career teaching buildings maintenance, and construction technology at Mike Durfee State Prison. Monty taught at the prison for over twenty years educating prisoners in construction practices, as well as supervising state construction projects of all types until his retirement in June of 2004.
Monty currently stays busy as the proprietor of Monty’s Barber Shop in Chamberlain, SD and lives in White Lake, SD with his wife Lynne, their two dogs, and their four cats. He has recently accepted a position of Director on the Dacotah Tipis Board of Directors to continue teaching his extensive construction knowledge to the Habitat partner families and volunteers. Monty will also serve as Chair of the Dacotah Tipis construction committee for his first three year term with our organization.
Welcome aboard Monty!