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Fletcher # Kerby

Born: 3/12/1938, Moab, Utah
Death: 9/22/2018, Moab, Utah
Viewing: 09/28/2018, 10:00 am
Service: 09/28/2018, 11:00 am, Moab LDS 400 North Chapel
Interment: 09/28/2018, 12:30 pm, Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery

Fletcher “Fletch” Kerby, 80, passed away peacefully in his home on September 22, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 12, 1938 in Moab, Utah to John Edgar and Ireta Fletcher-Kerby. He was raised in Moab and attended Grand County High School where he met his sweetheart, Wanda Nell Gibbs. They were married on June 23, 1956 in Moab. To their union was born one daughter, Kari Kim and two sons Fletcher Craig, and Kelly Eddie Kerby. He is survived by his wife Wanda, sons Craig (Brenda), Elko, NV and Kelly, Carlin, NV; sister in law, Lynda (Ted) Sorenson, Moab; 6 grandchildren Derrick (Krystal), Codi (Alicia), Robert (Crystal), Austin (Tosha), Kari (Colby), Sheree (Bradley); and 20 Great Grand Children; one sister Diane Smith, Moab, and one brother Jon E. (Norma) Kerby, Poway, CA; numerous nieces, nephew and cousins. He was preceded in death by his daughter Kim, parents and sisters, Jaclyn, Patricia, Dixie Coorner, and Kaye Hooper.

Fletch participated in various sports during his high school years; excelling particularly in baseball as an awesome pitcher, and a very competitive athletic. He passed down those traits to his children and grandchildren. In 1956 Fletch went to work at Atlas Minerals Mill in Moab. He worked there for 10 years. Then he began underground Uranium Mining for the next seven years.

In 1972, he launched his own concrete business, A Quality Concrete. For fifteen years he worked alongside his sons and his other top hands, Jim and Jerry Ward and Harry Cleveland. In 1992, Fletcher and Wanda moved to Nevada where Fletch was an underground gold miner until he retired in 2001.

It seemed each occupation brought him new lifetime friends. Some of those friendships began in his childhood and remained throughout his life. His ability to make and keep friends was a hallmark in his life, for to know Fletch was to know a man of deep conviction to the principles of right and wrong, honesty, integrity. His unique sense of humor and caring heart kept the friendships new, and forever.

Fletch spent his free time outdoors camping and archery hunting. He was a marksman with a bow. He had several passions in life; horse racing was among the top. His love for his horses was paramount. In the last few years he has spent all his time panning and assaying gold. He had it down to a science and could do it for hours. He designed a unique method to process the gold that nobody else could do. He never slowed down always finding something to fix or do around the yard, his grandson Austin would always come down to enjoy his company while completing the list of projects he had made up for him. For the past 9 years his loyal companion Trashy was always by his side, you could often find them taking their early morning walks around the neighborhood. We will hold that memory and so many others in our hearts until we are together again and forever!

Funeral services will be held at the Moab First Ward LDS Church, 475 W 400 N, in Moab on Friday, September 28 at 11am. A viewing will be held at 10am prior to the service. Burial will follow at the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

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