September 19, 2008
Jack Fischer, 66, of Carbondale, lost his courageous and well-fought battle with cancer on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008, surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Jack was born April 6, 1942, to Harry and Lucille “Tyke” (Phillips) Fischer. Jack was a great storyteller, avid hunter, fisherman and an outstanding helicopter pilot. His family was the highlight of his life. He was a wonderful son, compassionate brother, loving husband, a hero of a father and a very proud grandpa.
Jack graduated from Glenwood Springs High School in 1960. He went to Mesa State College for a year, but followed his real passion and became a pilot. He married his high school sweetheart, Bonnie Mortensen, on Aug. 22, 1964. He then worked as a pilot in Grand Junction for Monarch Aviation until he joined the Army. He served his country as a warrant officer in the 1st Air Cavalry from 1966 to 1970 as a Huey Gunship helicopter pilot. He received 33 air medals, including the Bronze Star for valor and the Distinguished Flying Cross for flight actions in combat on Dec. 6, 1967, the day he learned of his son Steve’s birth.
He worked for the Aspen Skiing Co. for 17 years as a snowcat operator on Aspen Mountain and manicured the rough at Aspen Glen for 10 years.
Jack is survived by his wife, Bonnie; sons Steve and Van; daughter Joo Hee Rose; his mother, Lucille “Tyke”; brothers Roger and Ron; and sister Judy Cooper. He has six, soon to be seven, grandchildren: Keagan, William, Matthew, Hayden, Tenshi, Tianshi and Van’s first child due in May.
A memorial service was scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Church of Carbondale. Rifle Funeral Home is handling arrangements.