Family, “real” country music, boating at Lake Powell, Mexican food, building, hunting, tequila, John Wayne, Jerry Jeff Walker, mountains (especially Sun King Mountain), and a good tart apple pie. These were just a few of Chris Motz’s favorite things. Chris was a wonderful husband to Linda Motz, son to Howard and Jeanne Motz, son-in-law to Dick and Marilee Thompson, brother to Greg Motz (Jody) and Gayle Mitchell (John), father to Jennifer Seal (James) and Kelly Benson (Jake), grandfather to Joseph Christopher Benson and a friend to many.
Chris was a fourth generation Grand Valley native and had fond childhood memories of helping his grandfather Harold Motz on their East Orchard Mesa fruit ranch. He began dating Linda when he was a junior at Grand Junction High School where he played football, wore his cowboy boots and discovered the music of Jerry Jeff Walker. Chris and Linda graduated from Colorado State University and married in 1979. After beginning a family, Chris moved his family to Glenwood to work in the commodities industry at CQG for five years before settling back in Grand Junction.
Chris’ mark will be left on the Grand Valley through construction projects he, his brother Greg and sister-in-law Jody have built through Sun King Construction since they began in 1982. He had a passion for shooting and enjoyed teaching classes at the Grand Valley Training Center. He also became a Mason at Grand Junction Lodge #173 in 1982. Chris had an infectious smile, gave the best hugs, had an incredible work-ethic, a brilliant business sense and a drive to do anything for those he loved.
Please join us for a celebration of his life on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 4PM in the Meyer South Ballroom at Colorado Mesa University. The family asks that you wear your cowboy boots in honor of Chris.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Chris Motz Education Fund set up at Home Loan State Bank to support the education of Chris’ current and future grandchildren.
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