He was raised in Moab and attended Grand County High School, where he met his sweetheart, Wanda Nell Gibbs. They were married on June 23, 1956 in Moab. To their union was born one daughter, Kari Kim and two sons, Fletcher Craig, and Kelly Eddie Kerby. He is survived by his wife, Wanda; sons, Craig (Brenda), Elko, Nevada and Kelly, Carlin, Nevada; sister-in-law, Lynda (Ted) Sorenson, Moab; six grandchildren, Derrick (Krystal), Codi (Alicia), Robert (Crystal), Austin (Tosha), Kari (Colby), Sheree (Bradley); and 20 great grandchildren; one sister, Diane Smith, Moab; and one brother, Jon E. (Norma) Kerby, of Poway, California; numerous nieces, nephew and cousins.
His daughter, Kim, parents and sisters, Jaclyn, Patricia, Dixie Coorner, and Kaye Hooper, preceded him in death.
Kerby participated in various sports during his high school years, excelling particularly in baseball as an awesome pitcher and a very competitive athlete. He passed down those traits to his children and grandchildren.
In 1956, Fletch went to work at Atlas Minerals Mill in Moab. He worked there for 10 years. Then he began underground uranium mining for the next seven years. In 1972, he launched his own concrete business, A Quality Concrete. For 15 years he worked alongside his sons and his other top hands, Jim and Jerry Ward and Harry Cleveland. In 1992, the family moved to Nevada, where Fletch was an underground gold miner until he retired in 2001.
It seemed each occupation brought him new lifetime friends. Some of those friendships began in his childhood and remained throughout his life. His ability to make and keep friends was a hallmark in his life, for to know Kerby was to know a man of deep conviction to the principles of right and wrong, honesty and integrity. His unique sense of humor and caring heart kept the friendships new and forever.
Fletch spent his free time outdoors camping and archery hunting. He was a marksman with a bow. He had several passions in life and horse racing was among the top. His love for his horses was paramount.
In the last few years he spent all his time panning and assaying gold. He had it down to a science and could do it for hours. He designed a unique method to process the gold that nobody else could do.
He never slowed down, always finding something to fix or do around the yard. His grandson, Austin, would always come down to enjoy his company while completing the list of projects he had made up for him.
For the past nine years his loyal companion, Trashy, was always by his side; you could often find them taking their early morning walks around the neighborhood. We will hold that memory and so many others in our hearts until we are together again and forever.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in the Moab First Ward LDS Church, 475 W 400 N. A viewing will be held at 10 a.m. prior to the service.
You may send condolences to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com