Fletcher Burrus III

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Fletcher R. Burrus III, 85, passed away peacefully at his home in Anchorage, Alaska on August 14, 2013. He was born to Fletcher Jr. and Bernice (Dennis) Burrus on May 7, 1928 in Seattle, Washington. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jerry; his brother, Jeff Burrus; his sister, Carole (Ed) Taylor; first wife, Patricia; three sons, Fletcher IV, Kevin (Theresa), and Sean; two grandchildren, Christopher and Jessica, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by beloved step-daughter, Heidi McCurtain of Anchorage; step-granddaughters, Alana (Hugh) Fagan and DeeAna Welsh and step grandson, Jason Knight. Five great grandchildren also survive.

Fletch was an avid golfer, maintaining a five handicap for most of his life. He was an Eagle Scout and Track Athlete, and enjoyed coaching his sons in baseball and attending their games in all sports.

After graduation from Seattle's Lincoln High School, Fletch attended the University of Washington and was a proud member of Alpha Tau Omega. He interrupted his schooling to enlist in the Air Force. After attending language school in Monterey, California he was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska where he served as a Russian language interpreter during the Korean War. He returned to the Seattle area and received his degree from the University of Washington in 1952. Fletch's professional career included many years in the steel industry in Seattle. He returned to Anchorage in 1981 to work for Stack Steel, later Alaska Steel.

Jerry and Fletch met in 1982 in Anchorage and married six months later. They loved the beauty that is Alaska and spent happy times canoeing and hiking. They also enjoyed traveling and took several trips to Europe. Good conversation and beautiful music were a great part of their life together.

Fletch finished his professional career at ARCO, where he was a buyer for the Kuparuk field on the North Slope. He spoke of his experiences there with great pride.

Fletch officially retired in 1995, which gave him the opportunity to pursue second careers and first loves as a radio host and stage actor. He was thrilled to meet playwright Arthur Miller in 1996 while performing in two of his plays at the Theater Conference in Valdez and gained acclaim for his portrayal of Ernest Hemingway in a one person show.

Fletch was an ardent supporter of Washington Husky athletics, and never failed to wave his "W" flag on his deck whenever the football team scored, even though that deck was located in the "Far North Stands" of Anchorage. He will be greatly missed.

A family celebration of his life will be held in September in Seattle.

Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26, 2013
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