The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

Citizens of the Year – Skip & Marie Fletcher

 

Skip and Marie Fletcher

Skip and Marie Fletcher have given to Seward and its people in countless ways for 60-some years. We salute them as The LOG Citizens of the Year.

Skip was quiet, kind and open hearted. Marie is always optimistic and open hearted. They embody the old-time spirit of entrepreneurship and contributing to community.

The couple owned theaters in several Alaska communities but chose to live in Seward. They owned and operated local radio station KRXA, and own The Liberty Theatre, providing the area with information and entertainment. They raised a family here and got involved.

But they don't leave it at that.

They donate their theater for community events like performances by the Air Force Band, Polar Bear Jump-Off events, an annual Christmas movie and community concerts.

On KRXA, Skip broadcast local events like the annual Christmas Carnival.

The couple always honors local heros. When someone does well in a high school sport, Skip and Marie congratulate them. If a person wins an award, Skip and Marie applaud them.

They help people in need, often reaching into their own pockets to assist friends and strangers.

They accept people as they are.

Not only did Skip serve in the U.S. Army, in Seward he volunteered with the Civil Air Patrol and the Red Cross.

Skip died in November and the town still grieves. Marie remains with us.

A Seward man called The LOG to encourage us to name Skip as the Citizen of the Year. He said that Skip contributed a lot – donating his theater to community events. The man went on to tell us that when he was 13 and in a difficult family situation, Skip helped him as a mentor and taught him to run the theater's projector. He had a warm, safe place to hang out.

One woman came to The LOG office to nominate Skip and told us that when she didn't have food or heat, "he pulled money out of his pocket to help us." He made sure they had what they needed to get by. "He gave so much," she added tearfully.

"You go through life and meet special people. And every once in awhile you meet someone really special. That's the Fletchers. They're the top of the heap and really fun," said Willard Dunham.

"While there are many, many Sewardites who are very charitable and giving, Skip is among the most. Over the years he and Marie have contributed to every needy cause that came before them and have continued to provide entertainment to all even when the profits from the town didn't make it practical for them, and he has also offered his theater to bands and groups who needed a place to perform. I don't believe anyone has ever been turned away from him for a donation and he has given with a happy heart," writes Iris Darling.

"The Fletchers have given more to this community than we can ever truly thank them for," writes Linda Worabel.

"He and his wife Marie have made generous loving contributions to Seward and elsewhere in Alaska for over 60 years. Skip passed away a few weeks ago and he will be sorely missed. Over the years I have been witness to generous acts of kindness to strangers and anyone who needed a hand," writes Shar Andersen.

"They are the best friends someone could have," said Bev Dunham. "The are always enthusiastic about Seward."

We know many people have learned the values of outstanding citizenship from the Fletchers. We know that these people will continue the tradition with contributions of their own.

 
 

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DaveC writes:

The movie phone number will never be the same again....

 
 
 

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