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Balbino “Bill” Achurra

- June 12, 2021

Our Heavenly Father

Balbino (Bill) Achurra, 86, died June 12, 2021, at his home in Moses Lake, WA with his family at his side.

Bill grew up on an 80-acre cattle ranch, which also had 30 dairy cows, which he was in charge of at the young age of twelve. He attended a one room schoolhouse from the 1st to the 8th grade. He got there on his Mustang pony named Jeep. Bill loved working on cars. When he was twelve years of age, he put a ‘47 Mercury V8 in a 34 Ford Coupe. Bill was part of the FFA who won an award for designing a Parlor barn for dairy cows. A family friend, John Getto, loved Bill’s design and asked if he would build him one. Bill refused, stating that he had no construction experience, but Mr. Getto convinced him that if he could design it, he could build it. He built that parlor barn at 16 years old and spent the next 65 years as a builder. He proceeded to build a Dairy Queen in Fallon at 17 years old, which still stands to this day. He married his high school sweetheart Shirley Jean Taylor. Together their family grew in love and numbers.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Connie Achurra, brother John Achurra and his sister Victoria Fowler.

Bill is survived by his wife of 68 years Shirley Achurra, his 6 children, Stephen Achurra (Serena), Matthew Achurra (Julie), Diana Johnson (Clay), Patrick Achurra, John Achurra, Marta Mazzei (Chris), 17 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Holy Rosary & Visitation will be from 7pm - 9pm at Kayser’s Chapel of Memories on Thursday, June 17th. Funeral services will be at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Moses Lake, WA on Friday, June 18th 10:30am. A funeral will be held on June 24th at 11:00am at the Churchill County Cemetery in Fallon, Nevada. A reception will follow immediately after at St. Patrick’s Church Parish Hall, located at 850 West 4th St in Fallon, NV 89406.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to Our Lady of Fatima building fund or your preferred Charity.

A special thank you to the staff at Assured Hospice in Moses Lake, WA for their loving care and support during his final days.