Monti Santilli Rainbolt
  • 56 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 23, 1958
  • Date of passing: Aug 25, 2014
Let the memory of Monti be with us forever...that will be easy as he is hard to forget

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Monti Rainbolt who left this Earth far too young at age 56, 

If you would like details on the Celebration of His Life we are having it on September 14th in Los Angeles so please email Traci Templin-Rainbolt at tracibelieving{at}, or Shaynee Rainbolt at Shaynee{at} (please note: {at}i s substituted for @ to avoid spambots)

Monti was a kind, genuine, talented, and interesting man of many hats (literally and figuratively).  He will be remembered fondly and with a smile by many and missed by all who loved him. As Monti liked to say with his wonderful Italian accent…An diamo :  Let’s Go!  He is on to the next adventure.  His bravery, tenacity and life force were lessons for us all.  He may have struggled at times, but he never, ever gave up.  Our lives are forever changed by him and we thank the Universe for the unique energy which manifested as Monti Santilli Rainbolt.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Lori Turchin on 23rd January 2018

"Happy Birthday Monstar!  You would have been proud of the prop job I did in December.  I channeled my inner Monti.  Thank you for being the person who taught me, not only how to do props and art dept but so, so many other wonderful things.  I still miss you sooooo much, my friend.  Love you always!"

This tribute was added by Traci Templin Rainbolt on 27th August 2017

"3 Years today (Aug. 25) since Monti Rainbolt joined the Heavens... We feel his presence and get little signs and "gifts" from him all the time. 2 nights ago Theo Rainbolt, Arthur Rainbolt and I went out to was the first time in months we had all been together. We went to a lovely restaurant, and while we were talking, I picked up my phone to check something and it dialed Monti Rainbolt's old phone number (which I never deleted from my phone and he uses it occasionally to communicate with me...this was not the first time). My phone did this completely randomly and without my finger being anywhere near where it would have had to have been to do that. The boys and I had a nice smile over that <3"

This tribute was added by Lori Turchin on 26th August 2017

"Yours was such a bright light.  I can't believe it's been 3 years.  I still think of you all the time.  There is any empty spot in my heart that you once filled.  I hope you are having fun in heaven with your mom and dad, Aunt and uncle and Todd.  Love you my forever friend."

This tribute was added by David Leaf on 24th January 2017

"We miss you Monti.  1033 6th St. misses you.  Lots of love from David and #206"

This tribute was added by vicki weissenborn on 23rd January 2017

"Happy Eternal Birthday Monti,

It's been a stormy, wet and wild day here in Santa Cruz. So many memories rushing through my head about you and your amazing self. Miss you soooo much ," Mont." So I went down to your little " bohemian Apt." in Capitola. I  did throw a flower off the wharf to honor you. Your boys were so lucky to have a Dad ( although , way too short ) as you were to them. I know you are watching over them. Gosh Mont , you still have my heart and I am so grateful we had some special times together.
love you guy and know you're missed."

This tribute was added by Lori Turchin on 23rd January 2017

"I wish you were here to talk about what's going on in the world.  I miss having your uniquely Monti perspective."

This tribute was added by vicki weissenborn on 3rd September 2016

"Remember the Capitols Begonia Fest. Well I am there. Looking over @ your place and Lydia and you enjoying the beach. Soooooo many memories Mont. We laughed and you were in your element. Much love to your kids. I Wii make a sand castle for you.    Always Vic"

This tribute was added by vicki weissenborn on 3rd September 2016

"M  Festival.."

This tribute was added by vicki weissenborn on 3rd September 2016


This tribute was added by David Leaf on 25th August 2016


We miss you so much, but I'm sure that you and Eva are throwing a great party right now.



This tribute was added by Lori Turchin on 25th August 2016

"I can hardly believe it's been 2 years since you left us.  I still miss you everyday.  You may be gone but will certainly never be forgotten.  You were a one of a kind."

This tribute was added by Lori Turchin on 23rd January 2016

"Happy Birthday my dear, dear friend.  I miss you continually.  So many things we shared that I can't with others.  You were a one in a million.  How fortunate I was to have you in my life,  You taught me so much.  To quote the song in "Wicked", Because I knew you, I have been changed for good."  I love you eternally."

This tribute was added by vicki weissenborn on 25th August 2015

"TEARS.... Mont : Quite a guy. You're thought of every day . Everyone who met you , would say " who is that guy ?? " There was always some hope that I would see you again. Talk of old times, our kids , laugh and laugh some more !!. Those were some of the best years of my life . Although , I am relieved that you are out of pain.. What strength and courage you had !!! To know how much you loved your Theo and Arthur and how much you were loved makes me smile . Your heart , your silly " off the wall " ways , oh and your laugh ... will always be with me . Forever and ever , Missed..
This video and music is so beautiful and Thank you for letting us all share Monti.... Love"

This tribute was added by Lori Turchin on 25th August 2015

"Not a day goes by when I don't think about Monti!  No words can ever express the lose I continue to feel with his passing.  Especially, now that HEATHERS is having a bit of a renaissance.  Thanks for the love and most of all the laughter.  Always the laughter!  Tell Joan and Robin I say, hey.  You always did have good timing."

This tribute was added by Traci Templin Rainbolt on 25th August 2015

"Today is 1 LONG year since the unique and vibrant energy that was MONTI ascended from this planet. That energy lives on here in his 2 beautiful sons and in the memories and laughter he shared with so many people.  He is missed by many.  See you on the other side Mont..."

This tribute was added by vicki weissenborn on 23rd January 2015

"Happy Eternal Birthday MONTI..... 1/23/2015"

This tribute was added by Marjorie Gauley on 18th September 2014

"I am so very sorry you have lost your dad, Arthur and Theo.  Traci I am so glad you all were blessed to be together as he transitioned.  It must have been a comfort to all of you and others dear to you whom I do not know.

He helped arrange and then hung special photos in my home office, and it was Monti who made a wonderful birthday video of Sherm and our guests several years ago.

What he contributed will always be a part of our lives.
Thank you, Monti.

Many many blessings to all who loved him.
He will hold his rightful place in your hearts, forever.
marjorie Loring Gauley"

This tribute was added by Traci Templin Rainbolt on 15th September 2014

"Andrea Muller 9/15/14 - I met Monti in the 80s when I dated a friend of his. I no longer remember the friend's name, but my friendship with Monti continued for 30 years (though we haven't kept in touch much lately). I have flashes of memories; moments in time when Monti was...Monti...unique, unusual, and endearing. When Monti and Traci were married, the L.A. reception was held at my home; a party at the Santa Monica apartment; Monti glowing with health and happiness as they waited for the arrival of their first child; a visit to his father's rather bohemian home; a day hanging out in my backyard with a cocktail and trading anecdotes about loves, lives, and careers. I'll miss him."

This tribute was added by Dwayne Grady on 9th September 2014

"Monti you will be missed. We first crossed paths in the 80's and several times since ,like big looping sine waves in time. You were a unique and thoughtful creature, too human for show biz at times and at others perfect for the world of dreams on screen.  I Enjoyed our mutual love of the Marx brothers,Nor Cal, music,slanted humor and the absurd.
My thoughts and prayers go out Traci, Theo, Arthur- Monti always spoke of you with such love and pride- a glow at mention of you all...

Rusted Mustang driving, Crazy life filled smiling,Outrage at injustice and still cynical view laughing. Character in all ways- thank you Monti-"

This tribute was added by Traci Templin Rainbolt on 8th September 2014

"Monti was a down to earth kind of guy.  I always looked forward to talking with him.  My memories of camp fire sing alongs and Monti playing the guitar and singing are forever etched in memory banks.

Only the good die young.  He was a great father and he loved Arthur and Theo with all of his heart.  

I will sorely miss him.  Larry Awbrey"

This tribute was added by Randal W Ridges on 7th September 2014

"How so very sad to open my email today to find the news on Monti’s passing.  Monti and I hadn’t crossed paths or spoken in more than a decade, but I wasn’t surprised to see that he still had my information on his devices, as I still have his information on mine.  Even though we had not kept in touch, I’d like to think that I still carried a little bit of Monti with me everywhere I went.

Monti and I met while working together on a long-forgotten TV show called “Mad Movies”.  This was in 1985, before Monti got into the union and was just starting his career.  Those were silly days and the show’s crew and staff had silly nicknames for each other:  I was the 'Randster', there was a 'Kentster' and a 'Tomster', and I called Monti the 'Montster'.  I thought it was clever but he never liked it.

We bonded for several reasons:  His sense of humor, his laugh, his eccentricities, and his sincerity.  I lived in the South Bay at the time, and Monti had grown up not too far from my place.  We hung out a lot that summer, and he took me by his old house during one of his visits, recounting some fond memories.  Monti gave more than he got from me.  When we spoke of our dreams and wishes, I could see that Monti was not complacent with the status quo.  I could also see that he was a restless spirit who was wise beyond his years. I think part of me wished that I could be as special as he.
The show ended and we drifted apart.  Monti pursued his goals, his dreams and his ambitions, becoming a valued and respected crafts person in the business.  I took another path and moved away from the L.A. area for a period.  But we managed to speak once or twice over the years.  I talked to him after his father Bill had passed, and I was aware of his marriage to Traci and that he was starting a family.  He came by the apartment in Hollywood that I shared with my wife-to-be Susan.

I wish that I had done a better job of keeping in touch with Monti.  It is heartwarming and comforting to see the pictures of Monti and his family, and to read the tributes.  He became the person whose potential I saw and knew so many years ago.  And, so much more.
I am grateful that I had a brief moment in time with Monti, and I am saddened by his passing.  But I am also a better person for having known Monti. RIP my friend.  My wife Susan and I send our thoughts and prayers to Traci, Arthur, Theo, Shaynee and all of Monti's extended family."

This tribute was added by Bruce Ochmanek on 7th September 2014

"Monti was a big, sweet soul. He was a gifted and talented man who was quick to smile and offer a helping hand. He was a gifted musician and a deep thinker. The world is diminished without his bright light. My heart and prayers go out to Traci, Arthur, Theo, and all of his family."

This tribute was added by Lori Turchin on 7th September 2014

"I will miss our long conversations.  Although we hadn't seen each other for way too many years, our bond was always just a phone call away.  Looking at this slide show reminded me what a visual flare he had.  I told him that they stole his look with Jack Nicholoson in "Witches of Eastwick".  Monti taught me so many things.  Since hearing of his passing my wonderful memories have not stopped streaming into my brain.  Our trip to SF one winter break when we had to put gaff tape on the convertible top on the Mustang so it wouldn't make a whistling noise going over 60mph.  Singing West Side Story through San Francisco.  Teaching me to draw when I was in tears in Production design class.   Going dancing.  You were a fabulous dancer.  Of course he spent 5 days a week one summer in SD taking dance classes and eating elephant garlic from my neighbors garden.  No wonder he didn't score.  Hanging at your dads house where he was always writing the best shit of his life.  In class when you were telling us your story idea and I blurted out "Wait that sounds like the movie, "The Stud", I saw the other night.  I thought you would kill me.  LOL  And BTW...I can't stand them New Yorkers. The fact that you were responsible for my first feature film credits.  One of my proudest career moments. More than anything I will always remember the laughter.  We cracked each other up.  You impacted my life in so many ways.  Thank you my dear sweet Monstar. I'll miss and love you forever.  Have fun with Robin and Joan."

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Shaynee Rainbolt
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