Reece’s life celebrated Thursday |

Reece’s life celebrated Thursday

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

A judge who often worked for free or next to nothing will have a party thrown in his honor Thursday night to raise money for his wife and daughter.

Monte Reece, a longtime South Lake Tahoe resident who died from cancer last week at the age of 57, will be remembered with a “celebration of life” gathering at Chase’s Bar & Grill, a restaurant at Lake Tahoe Airport, from 7 to 11:30 p.m.

Half of the $20 entrance fee will go to the Reece family, and the rest of the money will pay for a Cajun buffet. The band Double Cross, lead by El Dorado County Public Defender Rick Meyer, will play, and a silent auction will offer boat rides, overnight hotel stays, parasailing and other activities.

Jordan Morgenstern, a South Lake Tahoe attorney, is organizing the event because of his friendship with Reece and because of the support the community showed his family in March when his 5-year-old son was burned in a jacuzzi accident.

“He’s doing better. He’s recovering” Morgenstern said. “A lot of it had to do with all the prayers and support from the community.”

Memorial services for Reece, a U.S. Magistrate judge, will held Thursday at St. Theresa Catholic Church on Lyons Avenue at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Reece Children’s College Fund established at Bank of America, South Lake Tahoe branch.

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