Bill Imperial Carrillo

July 5, 1922December 8, 2020

Bill Carrillo, 98 of Brightwood, Oregon died December 9th, 2020 of complications from COVID-19 Pneumonia. He was born July 5th 1922 in Superior Arizona, 1 of 6 children to Santiago Mason and Simona Imperial –Carrillo. Bill left school to work to help his family during the depression. In 1942 he joined the Us Army and fought with the 363rd Infantry Regiment, during WWII. His unit was involved with the North Apennines, and engagements in the Po River Valley and Rome Arno. While there, in 1944 he was severely wounded on the front lines and was the sole survivor of his unit. And as a result, was awarded accommodations including the Purple Heart for his dedication and bravery.

In 1952 he moved to Moses Lake, WA and started his own business, Carrillo Plumbing and Heating. He married Judith Rae Vandervert in April of 1968 and together they built the business, which expanded into other states. They retired in 1992.

Bill loved to pilot his own plane. He and his wife loved to travel the US, and were members of the Vogue Motor coach Club. Bill was active as President of the Plumbers Union, the Lions club and other organizations.

Bill was predeceased by brothers Emanuel and Jimmy Carrillo, and sons William I Carrillo Jr. and Ernest Carrillo. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Judith, and daughters; Cynthia Jane Starkey (Kevin), Karen Sue Jessen (Glenn), Wendy Jo Labine and Kae Lyn Miller, son Scott Aaron Carrillo, brother Johnny Carrillo Sr, sisters Tencha Tominelli and Micha Frias. In addition 11 Grandchildren, many Great Grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He came from humble means and with fortitude, discipline, and a love for life. He overcame adversity and lived the life he dreamed.


Bill Imperial Carrillo

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Karen Carrillo-Jessen

January 12, 2021

I have a lifetime of memories of Dad, too many to share. He was affectionate and always joking, playing, and worked so hard at the shop when I was a child. No one really liked the fast rides at the fair or riding in his airplane when he would do a trick that left ones tummy on the ceiling of the airplane ,except me, I love it!!! We was a fun Dad and I was so proud to be one of his daughters. He moved away out of Moses Lake Wa. for more work and building up his company when I was an adolescent but he always took time to come and visit and constantly kept in touch. He taught me how to drive a stick shift and helped me land my first job at a Bank in Roseburg OR. (Although he did have me cleaning toilets as a daughter of a Plumbing contractor, on the side lol) he taught me along with my Mother the meaning of hard work. Never giving hand outs, he taught us to make our own way by hard work, just as he did. He would always say "Everything happens for a reason" Life is what you make it. I never met anyone who love life more than he did. I will miss the one on one conversations, his positive attitude and advice. I loved him dearly...