EDWARD H. PIETZ
Born March 9, 1921, in Canada and moved to Clark County with his family when he was a young child. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. After being discharged from the Coast Guard, he started a construction company and built many homes and several commercial buildings. In 1957, Mr. Pietz and Todd McClaskey founded the Red Lion/Thunderbird organization with the opening of the Thunderbird Motor Inn adjacent to Portland's Memorial Coliseum. By the time the Red Lion/Thunderbird chain was sold in 1985, it was the nation's largest independently owned and operated lodging network, with 56 properties in nine states. After the sale of the Red Lion/Thunderbird network, Mr. Pietz formed and briefly operated Raffles Hotels and Inns. After leaving the hospitality industry, Mr. Pietz began developing commercial and multifamily projects.
Among the projects he built or remodeled are the Esther Street Professional Building, Pacific Tower, Running Springs Condominiums and Vintage Oaks Condominiums. He was a partner in the development of the Mill Plain One planned unit development on East Mill Plain and built the Park Plaza Office Campus. He was a partner in the 400-unit Highland Hills Apartments and owner and developer of the 565-unit Mission Hills Apartments. He also assembled land that is now the site of Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital and the Salmon Creek Vancouver Clinic. Edward H. Pietz loved places that did not yet exist except in his mind's eye. He was a true visionary, able to bring to life those things he dreamed of. He was generous to all.