Remembering a Great Nurse

Photo of Monty Ostler

Clinton Lamont Ostler (AS ’74), or “Monty,” was an alum of the BYU College of Nursing. According to Monty’s son Clint, Monty’s time at BYU was something he continually talked and reminisced about.“It was like he was trapped in that period of time,” Clint recalled. “All he ever talked about was his time in school.” Some of the people he met at BYU became Monty’s lifelong friends as he began his career.

After obtaining his associate’s degree in nursing, Monty launched into work as an orthopedic nurse. “We always got to hear awesome orthopedic procedure stories at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner,” Clint said. Additionally, Clint had a couple of aunts in the medical field that would join in. “There were a lot of medical horror stories that went around the table,” he remembered. “It would kill the mood,” he added with a fond laugh.

But Monty didn’t always plan to be a nurse. Before he went to nursing school, Monty used his bachelor’s degree in history to teach the subject at a high school level. Clint recalls that Monty’s transition into nursing was economically driven, but Monty also had the temperament for the profession. “My dad’s personality was different because he had a good bedside manner,” Clint described. “He loved having conversations with people. People loved him because he could connect with them so well. He would be funny and joke with them and helped lighten the mood of his patients. Of course, the pay was better in nursing versus being a high school history teacher, but it was about being around people and helping them.” Although he had a career in nursing, Monty continued to study history as a hobby and was particularly interested in the Civil War era.

Ever wanting to care for those around him, Monty assisted many people outside of a hospital setting. “My parent’s house was a neighborhood clinic,” Clint recalled. Monty made sure neighbors understood their medical conditions and symptoms, treating what he could and driving people to appointments when they needed the care of a physician.

When his family moved to California, Monty transitioned to work in hospice care. Primarily, he assisted those who had AIDS. “There’s a lot of stigma around AIDS, and many patients were ostracized,” Clint explained. “My dad had an amazing sense of humor, and he could make friends with anyone he came in contact with, especially these folks in their last weeks of life. He made them feel as comfortable as possible.” Monty’s compassion was felt by all the patients he worked with.

Monty passed away at his home on February 20, 2022. He is remembered by his friends and family as a loving, giving man who brightened the lives of those around him.

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