Marty R. Fisher

Former Durango resident Marty R. Fisher died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, in Cottonwood, Ariz. He was 75.

Mr. Fisher was born to Melvin and Allyne Fisher on Jan. 3, 1937, in Durango. One of 15 children, he grew up in Durango and graduated from Durango High School in 1953.

Upon graduation, he attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and Adams State College in Alamosa.

He married Kareen Detreich. The marriage later ended in divorce.

After attending Officer Candidate School, Mr. Fisher served his country in the Navy for 20 years. He fought in Vietnam and achieved the rank of lieutenant commander.

In addition to being a naval officer, Mr. Fisher was in the civil service as an investigator for the Inspector General and a carpenter.

He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish in Cottonwood.

He enjoyed gardening, carpentry, traveling, reading and history. He also enjoyed spending time with his dog, Mica.

Mr. Fisher is survived by his sons David Fisher of Los Angeles and Robert Fisher of Ridgecrest, Calif.; brothers Don Fisher of Cottonwood and Larry Fisher of Virginia; sisters Sandy Randolph of Farmington, Shirley Sanchez of Pueblo, Hazel Klootwyk of Cottonwood, Olela Jones of Utah, Marna Jones of Phoenix and Yvonne Utzat of Flagstaff, Ariz.; and three grandchildren.

A celebration of life was held on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Deadhorse State Park in Cottonwood.

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