William Bill Earl Bachus Jr.

September 25, 1940December 30, 2011

William Earl Bachus, Jr.

Services for William (Bill) Earl Bachus, Jr. age 71, will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 3, 2011 at First Christian Church of Temple.

Mr. Bachus died peacefully at home on Friday, December 30, 2011, surrounded by his family.

Bill was born on September 25, 1940 in Temple, Texas to the late William Earl Bachus, Sr. and Mattie Elliott Bachus. He was a lifelong resident of Temple where he graduated from Temple High School in 1958. After high school, he attended Texas A&M and Sam Houston State University where he graduated in 1963 with a degree in Business Administration. He joined the United States Marine Corps in Aviation. He was stationed in Quantico, Virginia but was honorably discharged because of stomach ulcers. Bill then attended and graduated from Baylor Law School in 1970. Bill was a proud Aggie and proud Marine.

Bill worked for Santa Fe Railroad through college and Law School as a Brakeman/Switchman. He also worked as a Conductor, Yardmaster and Crew Foreman.

In May 1964, Bill met Sheron Rose Larson of Clifton, Texas. They married on December 28, 1964. Bill and Sheron had three children. In 1971, Bill went to work for Joe Carroll as his Assistant County Attorney. He worked for Joe until Joe was elected the District Attorney of Bell County; and Bill was elected to the position of County Court Attorney in 1973. In May 1975, Bill was appointed the first Judge of the newly created County Court-at-Law #2 of Bell County. He served in that position until January of 1979 when he was elected to the first Judge of the newly created 264th District Court and he served there until February of 1986.

Bill left public service to practice law with his friend Jack Tarver. Later they were joined by their other friend, Steve Blythe. They practiced law in Temple, Texas until May of 1994. At that time, Bill went back into public service as a visiting Judge for the State of Texas. He served in Houston, San Antonio and Dallas District and in several towns in the surrounding districts.

While practicing law, Bill served as fundraising coordinator for American Cancer Society, 2 terms as County Democratic Chairman, president of the Bell and Lampasas Bar Association. Bill had a 97% approval rating by the Dallas Bar Association which he was extremely proud.

Bill was a member of the First Christian Church of Temple, Texas his entire life. Bill was a believer in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

Bill is survived by his beloved wife, Sheron Larson Bachus; daughter, Susan Bachus Austin and her husband John of Norman, OK; daughter Jennifer Bachus Anders and her husband Todd of Plano, TX; and a son William Jefferson Bachus and his wife Julianna of Plano, TX; his 4 grandchildren, Conor Elizabeth Austin 14, Carter Reed Austin 11, Logan Matthew Anders 4 and Audrey Grace Bachus 1. His sister, Mary Jo Robinson and husband Jim, and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

The Bachus family will receive guest for a time of visitation on Monday, January 2, 2011 from 5-7 PM in the Chapel of Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home of Temple. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 3, 2011 at 2:00 PM at the First Christian Church of Temple, with Rev. Tommy Popelka officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Condolences may be made by visiting Arrangements under the direction of Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, Temple, TX.


  • Visitation Monday, January 2, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 3, 2012

William Bill Earl Bachus Jr.

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Juanita Contreras

January 23, 2012

Jeff, I didn't know your dad but he seems like he was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. The slide show was a wonderful way to honor him. Your entire family is in my prayers.

Kay Crossman

January 5, 2012

Bill, You were the brother I never had growing up. Our summers together with you and Jo were so special to me. You can be proud of the wonderful family you have and we will miss you until we are together again. Your cousin, Kay

January 4, 2012

"I will truly miss talking with Bill. He was such a true-blue friend to me. He'll be sorely missed. Our prayers and sympathy is extended to the family. What a different world this would be with more men like Bill."
Jim Lamb (Weatherford, Texas)

Evelyn (King) Dixon

January 4, 2012

Sheron and Susan may heart goes out to you. I have many fond memories of Mr. Bachus from "playing" as a child in his home. RIP Judge Bachus and Lord wrap your arms around the family.

terri cox

January 3, 2012

"I truly enjoyed working with Judge Bacus when he would fill in for Judge Carroll in Lampasas .He had such a neat humor about himself and was always such a pleasure to work with. Terri Cox District Clerk Lampasas CountyTx

Lampasas County Courthouse Friends

January 3, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Bachus Family during this difficult time. We all greatly enjoyed working with Judge Bachus when he sat as a visiting Judge in Lampasas County. He was certainly unique in his ways and one of kind and will be missed by all of us that had the pleasure and opportunity to know him.

January 3, 2012

To the family of "Bill",I just wanted to express my condolences.I knew "Bill" thru my friend in Temple for many years.He offered me advice that was good.He will be in my memories.God Bless

January 3, 2012

I grew up in Temple and attended the First Christian Church there, my family knew Bill's family for many years and Bill and my younger brother Charlie were friends. We sincerely regret Bill's passing and pray for the family at this time.
Bob Hinkle and Family

Christine McCormick

January 3, 2012

Dear Sheron,
Sending my sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time. May lifelong memories lift your heart during this period of grief. Keeping you in my prayers.

Diana Lang

January 2, 2012

All of your family in Farmington are grieving Billy's passing. We laugh about the Pikes Peak trip frequently. I forgave him from trying to kill my little sister on that road:) Love and support each other during this time, and we will do the same. Billy was obviously a blessed man with an infinite amount of love and respect in his life. Who knows, maybe he can help the Cowboys from Heaven.