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William Henry Mortenson

Posted By Menke Funeral & Cremation Center On October 27, 2017 @ 3:50 pm In Obituary | 13 Comments

William Henry Mortenson, 63, passed away at his home in Glendale, Arizona, on October 26, 2017, following a brave struggle with cancer.

Born on April 29, 1954, in Kane, Pennsylvania, Bill was the son of the late Gail Allen Mortenson and Patricia Ann (Fluke) Mortenson Wilcox.

Bill enlisted in the United States Navy in 1972 and served during the Vietnam and Cold War eras. He was a Top Gun Air Intercept Control Supervisor on numerous aircraft carriers in the Pacific, and was also a Third Fleet Master Training Specialist. He retired in 1992 as an Operations Specialist Senior Chief (AW). Bill’s second career was as a National Bank Examiner in San Diego, California, and St. Louis, Missouri, for the Department of the Treasury. He received BBA and MBA degrees from National University. In 2015 he and his wife retired to Glendale, Arizona.

Bill loved his family above all things. But he also loved the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and classic rock.

He is survived by his wife Zenaida (Olaguer) Mortenson, the love of his life, whom he married in 1978. Other survivors include his son William Ryan Mortenson and wife Luna of San Diego, California; his daughter Cynthia Ann Mortenson and spouse Kendra Hinojosa of Tempe, Arizona; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He also is survived by his sister Nancy Swanson and her companion Larry Moye from West Boylston, Massachusetts.

Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. with service at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 at Menke Funeral & Cremation Center. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, November 6, 2017 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, Arizona.

If you wish to make a memorial contribution, please consider the American Cancer Society or Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix AZ 85014.

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Condolence from Floyd Evangelista on October 28th, 2017 8:57 am

Thank you Bill for being part of my life . You are one of the kindest man I know . This world needs more people like you . God took you too soon from us .

Condolence from Dave and Nina Morrison on October 28th, 2017 1:28 pm

Cindy ,,you and Bill always in our heart and mind,,We won’t never forget our good times together in Belleville Illinois,,We all might been apart,,but our ponders memory of Him,,will always be in our heart,,We are mourning the loss of him as well,Our deepest condolences to you and the family,,,He love you so much,,and the kids,,,what a humble,,fun,hard working man Bill is,,He Wil be missed,,Rest in Peace Bill we love you,,Till then,,Till We Alll Meet Again ,,,Hugs and Kisses Cindy sending our love,,Dave,Nina and Nanay

Condolence from Matt Carlson on October 29th, 2017 10:29 am

Hey shipmate, you will be missed. I will always remember our time together. May fair winds and following seas be with you always. I miss you so much. Be with GOD my friend and shipmate.

Condolence from Amor Britt on October 30th, 2017 11:20 am

To Mortenson Family,(Ate Cindy)

We hope that our Lord brings you and your family the much-needed peace during this sad time. Our condolences to you and your family. remembering uncle Bill wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. He may rest in peace! sending love your way.

From: Britt Family (Amor, Neil & Bella)

Condolence from Anita Likens on October 30th, 2017 3:24 pm

My sincere sympathies to all of you, the family and friends of Bill. I enjoyed working with him, laughing with him, and enjoying his great insights into the important issues, as well as the mundane. I know that he will be missed by the many people whose lives he touched. I pray for your peace and comfort at this difficult time.
Anita Likens

Condolence from Chris Fransway on October 30th, 2017 3:26 pm

So sorry to hear the news. I worked with Bill at the OCC. He constantly talked about you, Cindy, and the kids and grandkids. It was crystal clear how much the family meant to him. You were his world, he was so proud of his family.

Condolence from Lawrence Carter, OCC, Santa Ana California on October 30th, 2017 4:15 pm

Bill was a Team Lead for our office when he retired just a short two years ago. He was responsible for developing our new young bank examiners, and he worked hard to provide them the strong guidance they needed to succeed. He cared. His pony tail, smile, and sense of humor added a unique flavor to an already diverse team. This is how I will remember Bill. I am sad to see him go, and offer my sincere sympathy and condolences to his family.

Condolence from Miriam Bazan on October 30th, 2017 5:33 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many memories working with Bill at the OCC, from when I was a trainee to when we trained new hires. I will always remember Bill’s humor, compassion, and generosity. He loved his family deeply, which was abundantly clear. I feel blessed to have had him in my life.

Condolence from Phillip and Desiree Carlson on October 30th, 2017 10:26 pm

Our condolences to Auntie Cindy and her kids Billy, Luna, and Cynthia and all their wonderful kids. Uncle Bill was a great man and I will always love and remember him as an absolute joy to be around, and a huge part of my young life through adulthood. Whether it was conversations about books, politics, or general mayhem, there was always something positive to be taken away from every encounter. We love and miss you Uncle Bill.

Condolence from Richard Dixon on October 31st, 2017 12:24 pm

My sincere condolences to Bill’s family. Bill was a good friend and OCC co-worker. He always brought a terrific work ethic, positive attitude, and great sense of humor to the job. We missed Bill when he retired from the OCC and will miss him more in life. Please take solace in your memories of Bill, he was a good man and lived a good life.

Condolence from Carol and Al Stazinski on November 1st, 2017 6:27 am

Al and I are thinking of all of you during this sad time and sending sincere sympathy. My heart breaks for all of you. Sending prayers and love to all.

Condolence from Gregory Cannon on November 1st, 2017 12:34 pm

To Cindy and the family of Bill, we are sorry for your loss. I worked with Bill since his arrival in Southern California in 2002 up to his retirement in 2015. The job was never dull when working with Bill. Besides his love for the Steelers, Pirates, and classic rock, Bill fancied himself a history buff, and he often found a way to inject some sort of historical fact into conversations. A movie critic as well since Bill repeatedly said Top Gun was the best movie ever made followed by Blazing Saddles. Above all, though, was his family. Bill liked wearing the tie imprinted with the picture of his grandchildren. Bill loved his family so much that I would not have been surprised I he wore a blazer embossed with a portrait of his family. We miss you Bill, rest in peace.

Gregory, Femi, Landon, and Lauren.

Condolence from Will Johnson on November 1st, 2017 3:18 pm

You will definitely be missed Unlce Bill I’ll always remember you and how you definitely made my childhood memorable my condolences for Auntie Cindy, Billy, and Cynthia

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