Gene J. Colin
1941 - 2017
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Gene J. Colin

Age 76, former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Ferguson Construction, died of natural causes while doing what he loved on Tuesday morning, June 6, 2017.

Gene Colin was born May 14, 1941, in Paterson, NJ to Italian immigrant parents, Gene and Linda Colin. He worked at his father's construction company while growing up. He briefly attended the Franciscan Seminary in Calicoon, NY before graduating from Rutgers Univ in Civil Engineering. He served on Active Duty in the U.S. Army's 2d Logistical Command on Okinawa, Japan, (1963-1965) during the Vietnam War.

After serving in the Army, Gene arrived in Seattle in 1965, taking a position at Boeing in construction management. Two years later, he became Project Engineer at Ferguson Construction. Gene was responsible for many projects, including a 25,000 sq ft distribution center built for Bernie Brotman in 1973. About a decade later, Gene had become CEO and Chairman of Ferguson when he got a call from Bernie's son, Jeff Brotman, who wanted him to renovate a building at Fourth Ave for a new venture he was calling "Costco Wholesale". The hundreds of Costco jobs and other building projects that followed gave Gene the opportunity to transform Ferguson Construction into the industry leader known for its high-performing, committed-to-quality 'Team Ferguson' that continues today.

Although Gene remained Ferguson's Chairman Emeritus until the day he died, he was also widely recognized for his significant service to the community, demonstrating a passion for education. He was appointed by Governor Gary Locke to serve as a member of Washington State's Higher Education Coordinating (HEC) Board, completing a term as Board's chairman. Gene's other education-related board positions include South Seattle Community College Foundation, Eastside Catholic High School, the Seattle Nativity School, and the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Washington Education Foundation. He also served as: Board member of Seattle Humane; Chairman of the AGC's Government Affairs Council; Chairman of the Washington State Building Code Council; and most recently, Chairman of the Board of Pacific Medical Centers.

Gene was the recipient of many awards and an active supporter of a great number of charitable organizations. Most importantly, Gene will be remembered as a great man with a huge heart who affected the lives of countless individuals.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Susan Janus; and his children, Ryan Hazlett (Jessica), Crista Haugen and Carla Colin.

Funeral mass will be celebrated Saturday, June 17 at 10:30 AM at

St. James Cathedral

804 9th Avenue Seattle 98104. Visitation will begin an hour

prior to the services.

A private interment will be

held at a later date.

Parking for the funeral services at

St. James Cathedral may be found in the O'Dea High School lot or the Cabrini Tower garage.

Remembrances can be made to the AGC Education Foundation, the South Seattle Community College 13th Year Promise Scholarship, or the Seattle Nativity School, a Catholic middle school in south Seattle that seeks to break the cycle of poverty through education.

Hoffner Fisher & Harvey

Guestbook at harveyfuneral.com

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in The Seattle Times on Jun. 11, 2017.
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February 8, 2018
I knew Gene for over 30 years and found him to be generally decent, kind, respectful and quite wise. I asked him to talk to my younger brother for a job and he gave him an opportunity to work for him and with him which became a great career. He always had time to meet and speak with people and offer good advice and assistance whenever possible. He will be missed. Matt j.
Matt Jackson
August 14, 2017
Sending sincere condolences and prayers to the family of Gene Colin.

From a high school friend at St. Luke's, Class of '59

Kathleen McTighe Rhody
August 12, 2017
Gene was a classmate and 4 year class president at St. Luke's High School in New Jeesey..He always had a smile and a kind word for all.He was an energetic,happy and very bright guy..
Thoughts and prayers to his family.
Dan Coughlin
August 11, 2017
Gene was a good friend at St. Luke's High School in Ho-ho-kus NJ. We were on the debating team together with Tim Sullivan and Mary Scafuro. Weirdly, I remember that his favorite restaurant in New Jersey was a place called Villa Cesare.It appears that he was quite a successful person in his life and did much good. It's too bad that we never saw each other again after 1959. Sincerest condolences to his family.

Dr.John Galotto, Potomac, Maryland
John Galotto
August 7, 2017
Dear Gene, so sad and sorry I missed your service. I just found out. Miss you dearly and big Hugs! Thank you for all you have done and taught me. I have learned to live and give with no fears.

Condolences to the family for your loss. I met him by fluke and he provided me the opportunity of a lifetime! I only dreamed and prayed for an opportunity vowing that if I was given a chance I will run with it and never look back. At the time we met, I was working 5 part time jobs to make ends meet while going to school. He asked me what will it do for my life if I was given a scholarship for school? Short version of the story, he blessed me with a scholarship stating "when you own a company, you can make your own rules." I am now able to function with more than enough now! He has been such a blessing and will be missed. His legacy will carry on as I am now providing others with opportunities.
AP
July 11, 2017
I knew Gene for some 21 years through his relationship in the AGC of Washington. I was very sad to hear of his passing and will miss him greatly :( He was always happy to see me and would take time to hear how I was. He was a great supporter of my husband and I in our adoption of our daughter. He would email me or touch base frequently about how she was and we were during the long process. I missed his memorial due to her fastpitch tournament (they won State). He would have been happy to hear that. I am thankful for his support professionally and personally. It has been wonderful reading through his memorial guest book as he has touched a lot of lives. Pray I touch lives through service as well. Thank you, Geno, for looking out for me, your advocacy, and your support.
I miss you here; but will see you there :) My heartfelt condolences to his family and wife. May you all find comfort now an din the years ahead in your fond memories together, of him, and in your faith :) I am so very, very sorry for your loss :(
Lauren Gubbe
July 10, 2017
Gene: Remember you well from St. Lukes. Always thoughtful & kind. Wish you were able to come to one of our reunions . You will be missed. Condolences to your family & friends, Joan Bernstein St. Lukes '59
Joan Bernstein
June 30, 2017
Gene, a pleasant journey to the vast blue yonder. You are a good man with a big heart. It is good to know you for all these years at the WAC and at Ferguson. My deepest condolences to both the families at home and at business. Cheers.
S Paul Singh
June 21, 2017
Gene was a mentor, a great friend, but mostly he was like family. He was an incredible support in so many ways. Susan said it so well, he made you feel like you were bigger than you were. He saw your potential. He did that for me all my life, and made me a better person for it. The support from Gene to myself and my family over the 20+ years I have known him is far too great to list. I sincerely appreciate him more than he could ever know and will truly miss the special person he was. My family and I extend our condolences to Susan, his family, and all of you experiencing the loss of Gene. He truly was larger than life, and will live on with all of us.
Brina Hatcher
June 16, 2017
I WENT TO THE LACEY COSTCO TODAY TO GET A COUPLE OF ITEMS. I TOLD THE CASHIER AND THE GUY CHECKING ME OUT THAT I WAS ABOUT TO TELL THEM SOMETHING THAT THEY PROBABLY COULD CARE LESS ABOUT. BUT I TOLD THEM ANYWAY, THAT TOMORROW I WAS GOING TO THE FUNERAL SERVICE FOR THE GUY WHO BUILT THIS COSTCO AND MOST OF THE REST OF THEM. THEY SMILED AND SAID GOODBYE. SO DEAREST SUSAN...TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR SELF...BOB BRUNKE
June 16, 2017
God Bless Gene on his new adventure! A toast too him having lived a great life with his sweetie Susan!!!
Carol Caughey
June 15, 2017
It was my privilege to know Gene. I pray when my time comes to face eternity that I may be fortunate to get a room close to his. Eccl.5:18-19.
Paul Brown MD, FACS
June 15, 2017
Gene was a gracious and kind man. I only knew him from my work, but it was always such a pleasure to see him. My sincerest condolences to his family, he will be greatly missed.

Jeff Boyle
Hotel Sorrento
June 14, 2017
Tonia Neal
June 14, 2017
To know Gene was to love Gene. Loved talking tough and had a heart of gold. He left the world a better place. I'm sure there's a Harley waiting in heaven for Geno.
Brian McKay DDS
June 13, 2017
I'm gonna miss this guy! There was never a dull moment in the office. This man was genuine. A real larger than life character we can all look up to.
Rob Wakeley
June 13, 2017
Gene touched my life in such a short period, countless talks, great advice, and a man with a huge heart. I'm forever grateful for him and being apart of the Ferguson team. I will miss him dearly.
Heather Tomasello
June 13, 2017
Gene had a way of making everyone a better person, getting them to realize their true potential. A true mentor who's accolades are to lengthy to list, but I will miss is pranks and great sense of humor the most.
Bob Kroese
June 12, 2017
I have known Gene for over 30 years and I never met a kinder and more generous man whom our Blessed Lord put on earth. Working with him as we built the new Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish was a shear delight. When my company needed a bonding line, he offered his. This world is a better place and I a better person from having known him. I love him like a brother.
Jim Summers
June 12, 2017
Gene was a giant in terms of his generosity to so many communities, including ours at Eastside Catholic. He preferred that his giving be quiet without any personal fanfare. Gene's motivation came from his deep faith in God, and a genuine desire to be of help to others, especially those who work in Catholic Education. I thank God for Gene Colin, and ask the good Lord to bless him with peace and joy forever!
Fr. William Heric
June 12, 2017
I was one of the lucky ones to have known Gene for over 40 years as a valued member of AGC of Washington. Gene, I'll miss your great sense of humor and unwavering drive and commitment toward improving our industry. You were a very private, unique individual, always helping the less fortunate. You never asked to have the spotlight shine on you, but you always were the spotlight. Pretty sure you wouldn't want a big fuss over your passing; you wouldn't want us shedding tears for you now. You'd want us to spend our energies on helping the communities, those less fortunate, and focusing on our great industry. But Geno, you need to know how deeply you touched so many lives and understand that we need to spend a bit of time being sad and shedding tears in tribute to a truly amazing individual before we attempt to emulate you by paying it forward. Rest in peace.
Dani Tijan
June 12, 2017
I worked at the AGC Education Foundation when Gene was on the board years ago. Such a funny, thoughtful, and intelligent man. It was a great experience working with him. Thank you, Gene, for the wedding present when I got married and thank you again for the donation you made to my father's memorial. And a big thank you for all the smiles. I'm smiling thinking of you.
Scotti Andrews
June 11, 2017
It was an honor to know Gene over the past 15 years. He will be forever missed.
Tim Wright
June 11, 2017
It was an honor to know Gene over the last 15 years, he will be forever missed.
Tim Wright
June 11, 2017
I have interacted with Gene for the past 6 years on the PacMed Clinic Board. Gene provided unwavering support and demonstrated sincere belief in our mission and service. I also knew Gene to be committed to our community. Our deepest condolances to his family.
vik Dabhi
June 11, 2017
From our days at the WAC through struggles with our golf game at Rainier Golf Club, we shared good times !! He was a good man. Bon Voyage, old friend.
Roy Velling
June 11, 2017
Gene was a great man in our construction industry. I remember him very fondly as an advocate, mentor, and proponent for education and professional development-- always caring about others before himself in this regard.
Phil Lovell
June 11, 2017
I've know Gene for 11 years since he joined the PacMed Board and recently completed his tenure as the Board's Chair. Gene and I had a close working relationship due to our military backgrounds. He would always refer me as "Chief" whether it be in email or in person. I will miss him and our great discussions about his passions and his annual motorcycle trips. Susan - Toni and I send our deepest condolences and will always think of Gene as he was larger than life.
David and Toni Ross
June 10, 2017
So glad we had such a nice time together for Memorial Day. Gene was over the top good to all of us. He and Susan were good for each other. We will miss Gene.
Cora Janus
June 10, 2017
Geno was mishpacha in every sense. We will continue to live by the examples he's set, and we will see him again when we cross and that day we will hug and dance and laugh with him again. Au revoir, mon ami.
David, Shelly & Ruthie Ross
June 9, 2017
Forever in our hearts. Thank you for the friendship over thirty years.
Derrick & Desiree Adams
June 9, 2017
Gene was one of the really good men. It was an honor to know him.
Larry Underdahl
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