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John L. Fleming ( Missoula 1949 )

posted: Dec 9, 2015

Jock, 87, died December 5, 2015, in Taos, NM. The son of an Army Colonel, he grew up in the Philippines, Liberty Island and Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland. Jock graduated from Colorado A&M (now CSU) with a degree in Forestry in 1951. He jumped in Missoula during the 1949 season.

Drafted into the Army, he served in Korea where he earned the Korean Service Medal with two bronze stars, a U.N. Service Medal and a Combat Infantry Badge. After his discharge he returned to Taos where he has lived for the past 65 years. Jock worked for Pot Creek Lumber before starting his career with the USFS, retiring in 1982.

After retiring from the USFS, Jock worked 14 seasons at Taos Ski Valley, training and managing lift operators.