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Charles William ‘Bill’ Leach, passed away on March 25, 2021 in Farmington, New Mexico . Bill was born in Sheridan, Wyoming on July 8, 1937 to Wayne E. and Kathryn H. (Zimmerer) Leach. After his birth they returned to their home in Shoshoni.
Bill worked on a ranch around Shoshoni before joining the navy on January 12, 1956. He was a photographer in the navy. In 1961, Bill went to work for the Bureau of Reclamation in Casper, Wyoming on a mobile maintenance crew. There he met and married his wife, Lorraine Link in 1976. In 1979 he was transferred to Granby, Colorado where he was the foreman at the Granby Pumping Plant. After retiring in 1986, Bill and Lorraine started and owned Budget Tackle, a sporting goods store, until 2002. Bill loved to fish and to listen to his customer’s fish stories. He also enjoyed reading. He especially loved reading about the civil war and other books on history. Bill was an avid coin collector. Bill and Lorraine moved to New Mexico in 2004. Bill was in his 70’s when he decided to go to college. He had always wanted to further his education but never found the time. He earned his Associates of Arts-Liberal Arts then went on to get his Bachelor of Social Work in May, 2012 from New Mexico Highlands University.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Robert and Duane, sister Sharol Blackstock, daughter Rita Jackson, grandson Dustin Quayle’s, his first wife Marquerite, and brother-in-law Alex L. Link (Dixie) of Topeka, Kansas.
Bill is survived by his wife Lorraine Leach, son Wayne (Tina) Leach and daughter Pamela Leach of Riverton, Wyoming; son Rick Leach of Lewiston, Idaho; daughter Princess Kim (Paul) Marshall of Redbluff, California; sister LoRayne (Jim) Phipps of Sinclair, Wyoming; sister Carol (Rich) Lehman of Brookings, South Dakota; sister-in-law Patrica Leach of Waterford, Connecticut; sister-in-law Lila Doonan of Quinlan, Texas; sister-in-law Mary Jane Belden, niece Debbie (Randy) Seawright and family all of Midland, Texas, niece Jackie Belden of Azle, Texas and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place and there are no services planned at this time.
Please visit www.farmingtonfuneral.com to offer your condolences.
I am very saddened to hear about the passing of "Budget Tackle Bill." He was an important part of my adolescence. I have such fond memories of hiding his hat, telling stories, and learning about fishing and hunting. My deepest condolences to Lorraine and the rest of his family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Christy Apr 9 2021 12:00 AM
Charles was a frequent student and visitor to the SJC West Campus. He would visit with us and tell of his latest adventures. We enjoyed his visits and conversations. Our deepest sympathies to his family.
Barbara Billey Mar 31 2021 12:00 AM
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