Businessman remembered for building facilities as well as relationships

A celebration of life is scheduled for Feb. 20 for Chris Motz, a Western Colorado business executive remembered not only for his involvement in constructing a variety of facilities, but also the relationships he built in the process.

Motz — chief financial officer, secretary and treasurer of Sun King Management Corp. in Grand Junction —  died Dec. 7. He was 58.

“One cannot be involved in the construction development business for over 30 years and say they did not have a significant impact on our community, businesses and its economy. To say he will be deeply missed by many is putting it lightly,” said Greg Motz, Chris’ older brother and owner of Sun King Management.

A fourth-generation Western Slope resident, Chris Motz grew up in the Grand Valley and worked for his father’s business, GMCO Corp., focusing on construction and commodities. At GMCO, it became obvious Motz had a talent for trading and brokering commodities.

The experience and skills he developed led him to CQG, a commodity trading solutions corporation in Glenwood Springs. He served as vice president of marketing and sales for the United States and was successful within his role, which required him to travel throughout the U.S.

Motz eventually left commodities and returned to the Grand Valley and his construction roots in joining his brother and sister-in-law, Jody, in launching Sun King in 1982.

The client-focused construction services firm has been involved in a variety of projects in the Grand Valley, including the Moss Performing Arts Center at Colorado Mesa University, WW Peppers restaurant, Home Loan building and new Volkswagen dealership in Grand Junction.

In addition to his work, Motz taught shooting classes at the Grand Valley Training Center.

“Chris Motz was a caring, compassionate man who put his heart into building great facilities and, more importantly, great relationships. I will miss him,” said Jamie Hamilton, chairman and chief executive officer of Home Loan Insurance.

Craig Springer, president of Home Loan State Bank, agreed. “Chris had the unique ability to tackle problems utilizing his knowledge and experience while maintaining an easy and friendly demeanor. He was a good friend, and I will miss him greatly.”

Tim Foster, president of Colorado Mesa University, said he grew up with Motz and played football with and against him. “I can say that I much preferred playing with him. Sports allow for remarkable insights into a person, and I can say that Chris exhibited all of the things one would want in a teammate: hard working, motivated, competitive, supportive, tough and smart. Chris Motz in a nutshell was a mix of John Wayne, Mean Joe Green and Nate Silver. I will miss him enormously.”

“Chris Motz was one of the truly good guys and the sort of person who simply makes everything work better. In a lot of ways, Chris was Grand Junction,” Foster added.

A celebration of Motz’ life is set for 4 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Meyer South Ballroom of the University Center at CMU.

A fund has been established at Home Loan State Bank to support the education of his grandchildren. Donations may be made to the Chris Motz Educational Fund in care of Home Loan State Bank, 205 N. Fourth St.,  Grand Junction, CO 81501.