Wednesday, July 28, 2010

John McClatchy

John "Big Fish" McClatchy, 55, died at his home south of Bellevue on Thursday, July 22, 2010, following a diagnosis of cancer several months ago.

He was born Feb. 11, 1955, in Philadelphia, Penn., the son of James and Jane McClatchy.

John moved to Sun Valley, Idaho, in 1978, where he became an avid skier, and worked for his brother Jim as a carpenter. In 1985, he started working as a fishing guide in Kenai, Alaska, and began working as a hunting guide in the Selway Wilderness of Idaho. He later worked as a heavy equipment operator and for Swenke Landscaping and Irrigation. Most recently, John has been doing custom farming.

Of all his activities, he enjoyed fishing the most.

John married Kathy Sinclair on Jan. 4, 1992, in Honolulu, Hawaii. In addition to Kathy, John is survived by his mother Jane of Philadelphia; two sisters, Sue Nelson of Toronto, Canada, and Carol McClatchy of Philadelphia; two brothers, Jim, of Hailey, and Tom, of Philadelphia. His father preceded him in death 27 years ago.

John was well-known in the Valley as a good friend, and he will be dearly missed by many.

Please join the family at 3 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6, 2010, at Carol's Dollar Cabin, Sun Valley, for a celebration of John's life.

The family suggests donations to the Hospice of the Wood River Valley, P.O. Box 4320, Ketchum, ID 83340 or a cancer research program in memory of John.

Arrangements were under the care of Wood River Chapel. Messages for the family and a guest book are available at

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