William Christensen, CRE EMERITUS, passed away on March 21, 2016, at the age of 83.
Bill was born in Salt Lake City in 1932 and grew up in the Normandy Heights area of Salt Lake. He graduated with a degree in Economics from Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., and later served in the Korean War in the “Fighting Finance Corp” at Fort Douglas, earning the rank of First Lieutenant. After his two years of active duty, he went on to serve several more years in the Army Reserve.
Invited to membership in the Fall of 1982, he became a real estate investor in 1957 specializing in multi-family properties in Salt Lake City. He eventually ended up starting his own company, William L. Christensen and Associates. During his 33 years of membership, he was involved in his Chapter, serving as both Chair and Vice-Chair. He was awarded Emeritus status in 2014 commemorating his many years of service to The Counselors.
Bill was very active in both his community and in the LDS Church throughout his life. He especially enjoyed his nearly 20 years singing in the Tabernacle Choir.
Bill passed away within days of his wife, Marlene, to whom he was married for nearly 60 years. They met and became engaged after only six dates.
He is survived by his children William, Wendy, Matt, Maren, and Michael, who was recently invited to membership.
Benedetto Bongiorno passed away on March 30 at the age of 78.Born in New York, N.Y., in 1938, Ben graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy.
He was an established expert in real estate accounting and auditing, in addition to leading the research and consulting efforts of Natural Decision Systems, Inc.
During his 13 years of membership, Ben served as a member of the Real Estate Issues Editorial Board.
He is survived by his wife, Patti, and their five daughters.
Kent Colwell passed away on January 23 at the age of 84.Raised in Pasadena, Calif., Kent graduated from Stanford University at the age of 20 in 1951. After graduating he served as an officer in the US Navy, and earned an MBA from the Harvard School of Business. His 35-year career with Transamerica started in 1962 as an assistant to the President, culminating in the role of Vice President.
Kent was invited to membership in 1988 and during his 26 years of membership was active in the Northern California chapter, serving as Treasurer/Secretary, Vice Chair, and Chair.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Peggy, and three of their children and six grandchildren.