Longtime Fraser Valley resident Billie Joe Faraklas dies in Salt Lake City
Billie Joe Faraklas
Bill Faraklas, longtime resident of the Fraser Valley, passed away March 11 in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife Liesel by his side, after a long battle with Parkinson’s.
Born June 15, 1931, in McAllen, Texas, he was the youngest of nine children. He spent his childhood in the Rio Grande Valley and honorably served in the United States Air Force stateside during the Korean War. Bill followed in his father’s footsteps and became a chef.
While working at the Sitzmark Lodge in Winter Park (1970s dude ranch) he met the love of his life Liesel while she vacationed there with daughter Petra. Bill and Liesel were married in April 1971 and in June 1973 they became proud parents as they welcomed Iris, a baby girl, into the family.
Together they owned and operated Byers Peak Restaurant in Fraser from the mid 70s to the late 90s where Bill prepared prime rib, homemade sourdough rolls and hot fudge sauce. Bill and Liesel also built and operated Byers Peak Bed and Breakfast, which became the Fraser Valley Hostel after they sold it. Having solded both business, they built their dream house in Grand lake which they enjoyed together.
When the time came, and Bill required additional care, Iris and her husband Alan suggested they relocate to Salt Lake City where the SLC Veteran’s Care Center could care for Bill, (thanks to all of them) while Liesel would stay with Iris and Alan who are preparing to have twin boys.
Bill is survived by his wife Liesel; brother Louie; daughter Iris and her husband Alan Humphries , daughter Petra and her husband Dan Enright; and granddaughter Sonja Bartlowe. Bill will be buried next to his great-grandson Dynois Bartlowe in the Fraser Cemetery on April 28, 2011, at 11 a.m.
Please join the family at the Arapahoe Lodge in Winter Park following the burial.
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