Mitchell (Mitch) Scott Fletcher
There will be a viewing for Mitchell (Mitch) Scott Fletcher on Friday, July 31, 2020 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Heritage Funeral Chapel located at 6830 W. Thunderbird Road in Peoria, Arizona, with graveside services at Phoenix Memorial Park, 200 W. Beardsley Road, Phoenix Arizona.
Mitchell Scott Fletcher (Mitch) passed away in his Glendale, Arizona home Saturday, July 11, 2020 with family members by his side after a lengthy bout with leukemia. Mitch was born in San Manuel, Arizona on August 29, 1957 to Gloria and Ronald ‘Jiggs’ Fletcher. He was raised in Grants, New Mexico where he excelled in both school and sports. He graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in electrical engineering and was immediately hired by the Sperry Rand Corporation, which was later acquired by Honeywell. Mitch was employed there for over 30 years, working his way up to Chief Aeronautical Engineer. He had many patents dealing with the navigational system for the space shuttles and was instrumental in the success of the Untied States shuttle program. NASA routinely flew Mitch out for the launching of the shuttles. After Mitch retired from Honeywell, he continued to work in the aerospace industry, creating his own company and doing consulting work. Friends and coworkers described him as a giant in the aeronautical world. It was during his years with Sperry that Mitch met, fell in love, and married his wife Rita and became stepfather to two boys: Willie and Warren. Mitch and Rita shared 25 wonderful years together before her passing in 2006. Mitch was a loving husband, an amazing stepfather, and an incredible “Pampa” to his grandchildren. Whenever someone needed something, they knew they could call Pampa and he would help them. Space and the exploration of space were Mitch’s passion as were his grandchildren. Mitch had an incredible mind, a huge heart, and a wonderful soul. He was always willing to help a friend or family member with anything they needed at any time of the day or night. He will be sorely missed, but we know that he is in a better place and we will see him again.
Mitch is survived by two brothers: Terry and Keith; two stepsons: Willie and Warren; and five grandchildren: Skylar, Amber, Sienna, Mary and Jacob.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mitch’s honor to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, donate.lls.org/lls/donate.
Later, when COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, there will be a celebration of live event for Mitch. Visit www.heritagefuneralchapels.com for updated information and to share memories.