Mel Fletcher, well known and loved Park City resident, passed away of natural causes on June 21, 2010.
Born Melvin Harry Fletcher on June 18, 1918, to Roy and Blanche Wiest Fletcher, in Park City, Mel was an avid hunter and fisherman. He competed in ski-jumping events at Ecker Hill, ice-skating competitions, and was active on the golf course. His interest and dedication to the mountain sports lasted throughout his life. He founded the Snow Park Ski Club in 1946 and was the first ski instructor at Snow Park (now Deer Valley). Mel later became the director of the Park City Ski Patrol.
In addition to his service in the U.S. Navy during WW II and the Korean Conflict, Mel was committed to community service. He was on the Park City School Board, the Glenwood Cemetery Association Board, and was a volunteer fireman for 60 years. He as past commander of American Legion Post 14 and past Exalted Ruler of the Park City Elks Club. Working with the Summit County Sheriff, he was an early founder of the Summit County Search and Rescue. His affiliations include the Wasatch Mountain Club, U.S. Ski Patrol Association, and the Utah Ski Archives, Engen Museum, and Park City Historical Museum.
Surviving Mel is his wife, Peggy Leisenring Fletcher; son, Rex, and his wife, Linda, and their children, Teagan and Trey; daughter, Jillbette Kelly, and her sons, Jackson and Roscoe. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Marion; and sisters, Gladys Bertha, and Juanita.
A remembrance service will be held Sunday, June 27, 2010 – 2:00 p.m. at Elk Meadows, 360 W. 4200 North, Oakley, Utah. A reception will be held following the service. Elk Meadows asks that those attending the service please park at the rodeo ground located across the street. A private internment of ashes will be held at a later date in the Glenwood Cemetery in Park City. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Glenwood Cemetery in Mel’s name, P.O. Box 4422, Park City, UT 84060. Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.olpinhoopes.com.
Becca Gerber, a first-term member of the Park City Council who is seen as bringing a younger person’s perspective to the Marsac Building, will seek reelection this year.