Charles Ivan Fletcher
Charles Ivan Fletcher (Fletch), age 71, died peacefully on June 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. Charles was born November 25, 1942 in Odessa, TX to Ivan and Louise Fletcher (Colgan). Charles spent his early childhood years in the oil fields of Texas, Kansas and then his family moved to West Virginia. He attended West Virginia University for a short time and then enlisted in the US Air Force where he worked on the fire control systems on the B-47 and B-52 bombers during the Vietnam conflict.
He was stationed at Mountain Home Air Force during part of his enlistment and fell in love with the mountains of Idaho. So when he was discharged from the Air Force he returned to Boise to attend college. There he met the landlord's daughter, Merlene Ballantyne, and they were married in October 1967. The couple then moved to Moscow, ID, to attend the University of Idaho. While there, Charles sang with the University's a cappella concert choir (Vandaleers), which allowed him to showcase his beautiful tenor voice.
Charles received his graduate degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. His professional career as a clinical social worker included working in the areas of child protection, mental health and in corrections where he provided mental health services as well as treatment for sex offenders. He transferred with his work to Pahrump, NV, where he retired in 2011.
He had a life-long passion for most things automotive. He drove sports cars competitively on race tracks, hillclimbs and autocrosses. He definitely had a "need for speed." He was a shade-tree mechanic who enjoyed building engines, car trailers, and race cars from the ground up. He found the internal combustion engine forever fascinating.
He is survived by his wife, Merlene; nieces Amy Stephenson (Allan), of Seattle, WA, Abby Spotskey (Dan) of Flagstaff, AZ, Andra Matthews (Pratt) of Boise, Camille Williams (David) of Boise, Tammie Ballantyne of Boise and Nikki Balkovec of Chicago, IL; nephews Eric Rankin of Salt Lake City, UT, Chris Rankin (Shauna) of Boise, Brandon Rankin (Jill) of Meridian, ID and Adam Rankin (Heather) of Boise; brother-in-law Robert Ballantyne (Ramona), Meridian, ID, and sister-in-law Nancy Rankin of Boise.
He was predeceased by his parents Ivan and Louise, and his sister Nina Cross, formerly of Seattle, WA.
No formal services will be held. A gathering for family and friends will be held at a later date in Pahrump, Nevada and in Boise, Idaho. Donations may be made to a favorite local animal shelter or St. John's Military School in Salina, 110 W. Otis Ave, KS, 67401.
Published in Idaho Statesman on June 19, 2014