2019/04/04 - Reno, AEB
(Sonoma Funeral Homek argitara emaniko heriotz oharra)
Fernando Irigoyen passed away peacefully on April 4, 2019 in Reno Nevada, at the age of 91.
Fernando was born in Luzaide/Varcarlos, "Navarra," Spain on November 25, 1927.
Fernando was one of nine children born to Miguel Irigoyen and Maria Louisa Iroz. In 1951, Fernando made his journey to the United States to work as a sheepherder at the Pinto Creek Ranch in Eureka. He moved on to jobs in Ely and Elko before retiring from Battle Mountain Gold in 1970, where he worked for 19 years.
In June 2004, Fernando was the Grand Marshall of the 26th Winnemucca Annual Basque Festival.
After retiring, Fernando made his home in Winnemucca, NV, where he enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting, and playing competitive Mus, (a Basque poker game).
Fernando loved taking trips to the Dufurrena Ranch with friends to assist Dan, Hank, Tim, Linda and Buster Dufurrena in sheering sheep and docking lamb tails.
Fernando touched the lives of many members of this community.
He was an active member of Saint Paul's Catholic Church, lived his life by his faith. and will forever be present in our hearts.
Fernando is preceded in death by his parents Miguel and Maria Luisa Irigoyen; sister Denise Gortari; brothers Guillermo, Jose, and Martin; and his Osaba Pedro. Fernando is survived by living family members including Brother Pedro Irigoyen; three sisters, Tomasa Irigoyen, Felipa Gortari, and Manuela Hiriart; two nephews Denny and Mike Gortari; and numerous other nephews, nieces, grand nephews, grand nieces, and extended family.
Osaba Fernando, we will all miss you greatly.
A rosary will be said in his memory at 10:30 on Monday April 22, 2019 followed by a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Paul’s Catholic Church in Winnemucca, NV with burial to follow at the Winnemucca Cemetery.
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