Wilhelm ‘Billy’ Faucheux III

Durango resident Wilhelm Faucheux died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Sorrento, La. He was 60. The cause of death is undetermined.

Known as “Billy,” he was born to Lillian “Kat” (Bourgeois) and Wilhelm “Billy” Faucheux Jr. on Dec. 4, 1952, in New Orleans. He grew up in Gramercy, La.

He had lived in Durango for the last seven or eight years.

A geologist by training, he worked in the oil and gas industry before becoming an entrepreneur. Mr. Faucheux owned a billboard company in Louisiana until it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and later owned a billboard company in Farmington. He also owned Blind River Swamp Tours and founded a magazine called Sauce Piquante.

A cartographer who created a map of Lake Maurepas and its waterways in southeastern Louisiana, Mr. Faucheux enjoyed studying the rock formations, skies and history of the Durango area. He also enjoyed preparing Cajun meals for friends and winemaking. Mr. Faucheux won several first-place medals for his wine and taught winemaking classes.

“Billy lived life to the fullest,” his family said. “He loved his family and friends, music, dancing, Louisiana State University football, the beautiful mountains of Colorado and the swampland of Louisiana.”

Mr. Faucheux was preceded in death by his son, Zachary Faucheux.

He is survived by his sisters Joy Thibeaux of Durango, and Martha Turgeau and Barbara Michel, both of New Orleans; and one niece and three nephews.

A private family service will be held today, Jan. 26, 2013, in Louisiana. A memorial service will be held in Durango at a later date.