James H. Fletcher passed away on February 22, 2014. Born on July 5, 1933 in Everett, WA to Florence (Dumpsey) and James (Hank) Fletcher. Jim was preceded in death by his older sister, Sally Fletcher Bell. He is survived by his younger sister, Barbara Fletcher Lindahl (Langley, WA). He attended Everett High School (Class of '51) and was a graduate of the University of Washington where he was a proud member of the Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) house. Jim led an active life growing up in Everett. As a young boy he and a friend raised chickens to earn a bit of money, when it came time to butcher them they could not do it and left it up to Jim's mother to do it. After the deed was done he was heard to say "it takes a woman every time!". With his sisters and cousins, Jim rode horses at his grandparent's stable and race track by Silver Lake. In high school he was the Washington State pole bending champion. When the family moved to Lake Stevens, WA., summers were spent water skiing, participating in competitions and hosting tournaments as the Fletcher Family was one of the pioneers of this sport on Lake Stevens. Jim's real sport of choice and lifelong love was golf and the time he spent with friends chasing "that darn little white ball" down the fairway. Growing up as a member of the Walton Family (Clyde and Nora) and Walton Lumber and Plywood Mills, Jim chose to follow in the family footsteps and work in the Lumber industry. He worked several years for the Simpson Lumber Company and other lumber companies in finance and management capacities. Jim married Adele Lampson and they had four children: Elizabeth Fletcher (RC Radcliff and daughter, Aria), Kristine Fletcher (children, Laura and Kevin), Jennifer Fletcher (daughter, Genevieve), and James H Fletcher III (Elena and daughter, Milagra). Jim retired to Green Valley, AZ where he kept busy with friends playing golf, bridge and doing crossword puzzles. After an extended illness he moved to Tucson, AZ, where he shared a house with his daughter, Liz. Jim was able to spend several years participating in his grandchildren's lives and watch them grow before peacefully passing away.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from Apr. 17 to Apr. 20, 2014