After a courageous five year battle with cancer, Russ (Fletch) Fletcher passed away early Sunday morning. Russ was an artist craftsman when it came to building fast reliable 4-stroke engines. When 4 strokes came on the scene Fletch built championship winning bikes ridden to AMA 4-stroke titles by Mike Young and Lance Smail. Shaun Kalos also won on a Fletch trick Husaberg at the Glen Helen
World 4-stroke championships. Fletch was a big influence on my life. Always positive with a friendly smile, my brothers and I used to practice at Russ’s father in laws track in Sherwood on our Huskies.
We think Russ was sixty something, but he was always young at heart. Fletch loved to ride and always made a trail ride much more fulfilling when he was along. Just a few years ago when first diagnosed, my brother Ron and I got to ride with Fletch at a loamy track in Goldendale, Washington. It was all smiles on that sunny day seeing Fletch enjoy the hilly track. That week Russ milled the head on my 250 2-stroke, a long standing tradition. You will be sorely missed bro.
-GODSPEED RUSS FLETCHER (FLETCH)