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Bill Broxterman, former President and CEO of the California Credit Union League, has passed.
Bill Broxterman, former President and CEO of the California Credit Union League, has passed.

California Credit Union League Legend’s Journey Started in 1954

It is with great sadness that the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues share the news of the passing of a beloved member of the Leagues’ credit union community — Bill Broxterman — on July 30, 2023.

His dedication and contributions to the credit union movement were immeasurable, and his passing leaves behind a void that will be deeply felt by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Broxterman’s journey in the credit union industry began in 1954 when he joined the Tennessee Credit Union League. Over the years, he played a pivotal role in organizing numerous credit unions, leaving a lasting impact on the lives of countless individuals and their communities. His passion for credit unions extended far beyond his professional life, as he worked tirelessly to promote the ideals and values of the cooperative movement.

His career took him across the country — from Tennessee to Texas to South Carolina — and eventually to California. He was a trailblazer, advocating for credit unions in every role he took on, eventually becoming the president and CEO of the California Credit Union League in 1974. Under his leadership, the League experienced tremendous growth in affiliation and established critical services for its members.

Broxterman’s influence extended beyond the state level and far into the national level, previously serving as executive vice president of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) in Washington, D.C. During his tenure, he initiated the now-renowned annual Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) and founded the Credit Union Legislative Action Committee (CULAC), further cementing credit unions’ visibility and influence on Capitol Hill.

Beyond his professional achievements, Broxterman was a mentor and inspiration to many in the credit union community. His willingness to face challenges head-on, even in the face of adversity, speaks volumes about his character and determination. He was not only a credit union professional but also a compassionate and caring individual who always put his family first.

As he retired, Broxterman shifted his focus to his family, cherishing the time spent with his wife, Diane, children and grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and his commitment to his loved ones served as a beacon of love and strength.

“While we mourn the loss of this remarkable individual, we also celebrate his legacy, one filled with passion, dedication, and unwavering commitment to the credit union movement,” said Diana Dykstra, president and CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues. “The impact he made on the lives of credit union members and the industry as a whole will continue to resonate for generations to come.”

In these challenging times and with heartfelt condolences, let us remember and honor Bill Broxterman’s contributions to our credit union community, drawing strength from the knowledge that his legacy lives on in the values we uphold and the work we do each day.

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