Willaim Allen Averill

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William Allen Averill

William (Bill) Allen Averill departed this life and a challenging 5-year battle with neuro-endocrine cancer in the early hours of December 27, 2017.

He was born September 10, 1948 in Albuquerque, NM, to Henry K. (Bud) and Jesse Averill, both deceased.

He is survived by his devoted wife and soulmate of over 45 years, Jennifer Bates Averill. He is also survived by sisters Kathleen (Darryl) Erwin, Analisa (Michael) Martinez, and numerous cherished cousins, nieces, nephews and grand-nieces. Others who mourn his passing include beloved Australian shepherds Alegria and Cedro, horses Rosie, Toby and Skye; a large number of cherished colleagues at Sandia National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Colorado School of Mines; and abundant friends/neighbors who shared his love of open spaces, muzzle loader shooting, trail riding, science fiction, world history, computer technology, learning about new things or information, anything that needed fixing or repair and good NM chile.

Comfortable with two (2) first names, Allen/Bill was a generous, thoughtful, gentle, helpful, humorous, brilliant but humble, simply outstanding human being. He graduated from Del Norte High School in Albuquerque in 1966, then went on to earn his BS and 2 MS degrees (metallurgy and ceramic engineering) at NM Tech in Socorro, NM. He finished his PhD at the University of Utah (metallurgy) in 1976. He then taught 5 years at the CO School of Mines in Golden, CO, and later worked at the Rocky Flats plant (DOE) west of Denver, LANL and Sandia Labs. He was widely respected for his deep knowledge of metals/materials chemistry, and he was a world-class problem-solver for all his employers and colleagues.

His family and friends will miss him severely until we meet again, and also wish to thank the doctors, medical residents, nurses, nurse practitioners, techs and other staff at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UNMH Medical ICU where he fought the final battles against this terrible illness.

At his request, there will be no church services, but his family and friends will plan a gathering soon to celebrate this amazing man and his life.

Anyone who wishes may make a donation in his name to either Northwest Chapter Back Country Horseman of NM


or the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center


"He is not lost our dearest love, nor has he traveled far; just stepped inside home's loveliest room

and left the door ajar."

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Jan. 7, 2018