More detail on this person: Retired Lt. Col. Joe Cabot Fouts, U.S. Air Force, 81, died on Jan. 5,
2016, in Anchorage, Alaska, at Alaska Regional Hospital. A memorial service with full military
honors and reception will be at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at Janssen's Evergreen Memorial
Chapel. Lt. Col. Fouts was born on Feb. 27, 1934, in Lakeland, Fla. He was commissioned a U.S. Air
Force officer through ROTC at the University of Florida in 1956. He flew C-97 and C-133 transports
world-wide, from 1957 to 1963, from Travis Air Force Base, Calif. From 1963 to 1966, he was
stationed in Tarrejon Air Base, Madrid, Spain, directing flights throughout Europe and North Africa.
From 1966 to 1969, he was a ROTC instructor at the University of Florida. He transition to
helicopters from fixed wing in 1969, and was assigned to the 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery
Squadron (Jolly Green) in Udorn, Thailand. In 1971, he transferred to the 5040th Helicopter Squadron
at Elmendorf Air Force Base and became squadron commander in 1973. In 1975, he was assigned to
the 381st Strategic Missile Wing at McConnell Air Force Base near Wichita, Kan. He retired from the
Air Force in 1979, and returned to Anchorage to pursue his passion of flying, hunting and fishing.
He worked for the Municipality of Anchorage, serving as Executive Assistant to Mayor George
Sullivan, Executive Manager of Enterprise Activities and 15 years as Merrill Field Airport Manager.
He retired in 1995. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force Helicopter Pilot Association, the United
Flying Octogenarians, the Order of Daedalians and OX5, a world-wide aviation organization. He logged
his 10,000th flight hour in the summer of 2014 in the C-185 he owned for 30 years. He especially
enjoyed taking friends and family flying and visiting the cabin he built near the Alaska Range. He
will be remembered by all who knew him for his generosity. He often said, "Life is too short not to
be kind." Lt. Col. Fouts is survived by his wife of 62 years, Evelyn; son, Mark; and daughter,
Susan; daughter-in-law, Melissa; and grandchildren, Matthew and Madeline. In lieu of flowers, the
family asks that you make a donation to a charity of your choice.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Jan. 8, 2016
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