Chris Marsden and his wife Jamie are known to me through Chuck Ferrell, a Friday Harbor Airport friend and A&P who commutes here from The Dalles, Oregon. Chuck kindly provided some information about Chris over the years since 1979 when Chris flew for Roy Franklin with San Juan Airlines. Chris got his start in aviation as a US Navy pilot, and then flew in Alaska in the vicinity of Barrow and Cape Smythe. More recently Chris established and operated Air San Juan with a fleet of Cessna 402’s and later offered local charters and scenic flights in his Cessna 172 with San Juan Air Tours. During the life of Air San Juan, he initially farmed out his aircraft maintenance but then set up an aircraft maintenance facility in Friday Harbor, to take care of the company planes. Chuck Ferrell was in charge of this facility during the first 5 years of its existence. During those years, Chris and Jamie lived in Friday Harbor, the home base of his aviation operations. During another interval, until about 5 years ago, to accommodate Jamie’s work there, they lived in Gillette, Wyoming.
Recently Chris based his scenic flight operations at Boeing Field out of the Wings Aloft FBO, and it was there that he lost his life in a hangar accident in December, 2012. Pilots and other friends in Friday Harbor will miss him, and extend their sympathies to Jamie.