William Fletcher

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Former resident Will Fletcher died Oct. 22, 2009, at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo., with his three sons and his parents by his side. He was 46.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Colorado at Decker Hall, with a potluck afterward. Will's sisters will have a celebration of life the summer of 2010 at Johnson's Lake for family and friends. The date will be announced later.

Will was born July 14, 1963, in Yuma, Colo. From the age of 14 he worked for several different theater companies in Alaska. He started with concessions, working his way up to district manager, to proudly becoming general manager and presiding over the opening of Century 16 Theaters in Anchorage. He loved camping with his family and friends at Johnson's Lake when he lived in Alaska. Will was a devoted Denver Broncos fan and returned to Colorado to live on the family ranch that he loved.

Will's family and friends wrote: "Anyone who has spent any time with Will would say 'There sure is something about that guy!' The way that he would smile with that sly knowing twinkle in his eyes never ceased to bring a smile to the faces of those around him. 'Fletcher' had a fierce love and loyalty to his family and friends that touched us all differently and each of us profoundly. His warm smile and easy wit has lodged him firmly into the hearts of those who were lucky enough to know him. The man sure could make you laugh! Because of the beautiful and unique spirit of life that Will possessed as a father, son, brother and friend, he will live forever in our hearts and minds. Whenever you hear 'Where there's a "Will" there's a way' know that Will is smiling his wonderful smile at you and lending you the strength to make it happen! He wasn't just a legend in his own mind; he will live on as a legend in our minds!"

He was preceded in death by his oldest sister, Kathy; and his grandparents.

Will is survived by his three sons, Raemond and twins William and Jonathan; parents, Lou and Nell Fletcher; older brother, Steve; sister-in-law, Anna; older sister, Sher Canady; brother-in-law, Elwyn; younger sister, Kami Lindberg; brother-in-law, Steve; nine nieces and nephews; two great-nieces; two great-nephews; 10 cousins; three aunts; an uncle; and countless friends.

In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made to Heifer International, P.O. Box 8058, Little Rock, AR 72203-8058, www.heifer.org/gift, and Invisibilities Disabilities Advocates at IDA, P.O. Box 4067, Parker, CO 80134, [email protected]

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1, 2009