‘Mort’ Mortenson Dies; Turned Golden Valley Company Into Construction Giant
The man who helped grow Golden Valley-based Mortenson Construction into a national construction giant has died. Mauritz “Mort” Mortenson Jr. died Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 82 years old.
Mortenson took over the company from his father, M.A. Mortenson Sr., in 1969. At the time Mort Mortenson was 33 years old. He would go on to build the company from 14 employees to more than 7,500.
M.A. Mortenson Co. is now the 16th largest contractor in the U.S. Its fingerprints are all over the Minnesota sports map. CCX News featured many of the company’s projects, which include U.S. Bank Stadium, Target Field, TCF Bank Stadium and Xcel Energy Center. It also constructed the original Target Center as well as the major remodel of it, and recently completed Allianz Field.
Mortenson’s son, David, took over the Golden Valley company in 2015. A funeral service for Mort Mortenson is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23, at 10:30 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Ave. in Minneapolis.