Fletcher Fairchild Anderson May, 1948 - November, 2005
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Fletcher Fairchild Anderson died on Nov. 18 in an airplane accident in the Snake River Canyon. He was 57.

Fletcher was born in New York City in May 1948 and lived in Colorado from 1950 to 2004. He attended Colorado Rocky Mountain School and graduated from Colorado College in 1970. Fletcher was a multirated flight instructor, charter and corporate pilot and owner-operator of Mountain Aviation Services at Jackson Hole Airport. He also held a seat on the board of a multinational company.

Many will remember Fletcher as a great bear of a man and an intrepid soul. A devoted, loving family man and supportive friend, he also was, at various times in his life, an Olympic-caliber downriver kayaker, nationally ranked Nordic and Alpine skier and extreme sport filmmaker. He still holds the record for the fastest time in a kayak down the Grand Canyon - 49 hours. He was the author of numerous articles in aviation and kayak-related periodicals. He also was the author of Rivers of the Southwest and Flying the Mountains , the latter considered the definitive text for piloting single-engine aircraft in mountainous regions.

Fletcher and his family moved from Telluride, Colo., to Jackson Hole, Wyo. in the spring of 2004.

Fletcher is survived by his wife, Shelby Evans; daughter, Sophie Anderson; son, Leif Anderson; mother, Grace Anderson; ex-wife, Anne Hopkinson; brother, Nick Anderson and his wife, Wendy Morgan; brother, Warren Anderson and his wife, Marty, and daughter, Natalie; his stepmother, Cat Anderson; and stepbrothers, Steve, Ben and David Fitzpatrick.
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