Fletcher Ready Burrus|
Fletcher Ready 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, sister, Carole (Ed) Taylor, first wife Patricia, sons, Fletcher IV, Kevin (Theresa) and Sean, grandchildren, Christopher and Jessica, Jerry's daughter Heidi McCurtain, granddaughters Alana (Hugh) Fagan and DeeAna Welsh, grandson Jason Knight, five great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Fletch (or Duff to family and close friends) was an Eagle scout, five handicap golfer and track athlete, and enjoyed coaching his sons in baseball and attending their games in all sports.
He graduated from Seattle's Lincoln High School and the University of Washington, where he was a member of ATO. He enlisted in the Air Force when war broke out in Korea. Following intense language training, he was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, where he served as a Russian language interpreter.
Fletch's professional career included many years in the steel industry in Seattle and Anchorage. He eventually found his dream job at ARCO in Alaska, where he was a buyer for Kuparuk on the North Slope.
Fletch retired in 1995, and immediately pursued new careers as a radio host and stage actor. He was thrilled to meet playwright Arthur Miller while performing in two of his plays at the Theatre Conference in Valdez, and gained acclaim for his portrayal of Ernest Hemingway in a one person show.
Fletch was an ardent supporter of UW athletics, and never failed to wave his "W" flag on his deck whenever the football team scored, even though it was located in the "Far North Stands" of Anchorage. He will be greatly missed.
A family celebration of his life will be held in Seattle.
Published in The Seattle Times on Aug. 25, 2013