After a rewarding and wonderful life Bill Frank Osborne, 89, passed away at his home in Los Altos Thursday, April 25, 2019 surrounded by his loved ones. Born in Alliance, Nebraska to Dean and Ruth Osborne on June 19, 1929, Bill grew up in the town of Bayard, Nebraska. Bill graduated from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska where he received a BA degree in Economics. He met and married his wife of 67 years, Patricia Siekman Osborne at Hastings College. After graduation Bill immediately joined the Air Force during the Korean War and transferred to the Army when accepted to Officers Candidate Training at Ft. Bliss, Texas. Upon completion of officer candidate training, the candidates were asked to list their top three choices of duty. To Bill’s great surprise, he was transferred to his first choice, the Presidio of San Francisco where he was assigned temporary duty with the Air Force at Mt. Tamalpais and later promoted to 1st Lieutenant at Fort Cronkite.
Upon discharge from the Army, Bill attended Stanford University Business School where he received his MBA in Finance in 1958. Bill later obtained his California real estate broker’s license, developing and managing commercial properties throughout the San Francisco area. After receiving his MBA, Bill began his career at Allstate Insurance Company, was a management consultant for Peat Marwick Mitchell, then worked at the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange, and Systec. The corner-stone of Bill’s career was spent in the development of the Embarcadero Center in downtown San Francisco. From 1973 to 1989, Bill served as the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of the company. Bill took much pride in the staff at Embarcadero Center as they all worked as a team for the success of the development and management company. On his retirement day, overlooking the San Francisco Bay from his office on the 26st floor of Embarcadero Four, Bill’s dream had been fulfilled with a standout landmark in the San Francisco skyline. Bill enjoyed 30 years of retirement which included many choir tours of Europe with his church, Los Altos United Methodist, of which Pat is a member of the Chancel Choir. Other trips to Europe and to Hawaii with their wonderful friends were notable highlights. Bill had a passion for fishing with his close friends and family, especially Trinity Lake and Sitka, Alaska. Some of his special times were with his grandsons, Nicolas and Alex at the Pumpkin Patch, Shoreline Park, sporting and school events. One of his greatest commitments to them had been fulfilled when he attended both of their school graduations, a promise he made to them years prior. For more than 45 years Bill and Pat have been season ticket holders at Stanford Football games where they enjoyed their fun-loving tailgate group. Bill is survived by his wife Pat, his daughters Susan Noriega and Nancy Osborne, sons-in-law, Gerardo Noriega and Quint Easter, his grandsons Nicolas Noriega and Alex Noriega, his beloved dog, Gracie, and his sister-in-law, Sherry Siekman. Bill’s family extends their deepest gratitude to Bill’s physicians and to the caring staff at El Camino Hospital, Pathways Hospice and his personal caregivers, Maria Ortega, Yolanda Fabian, Octavia Derby as well as the Fanua family and special friend, Glenda Crespo, along with the love and support of his church and wonderful friends and neighbors. A Memorial Celebration will take place at the Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos on June 29, 2019, 1:00 PM with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be to the Los Altos United Methodist Church, or to the Pathways Foundation (Hospice), Sunnyvale, CA 94085.