Hey guys,

As some of you already know, and many of you have already guessed, on October 1st I made arrangements for my guide trips to be taken care of by others, left our business in the more than capable hands of my partner and staff then headed off to the DC/Arlington area with my wife Karen to be by my father and family’s side.

A few are unfortunately missing here, but to say that he left a large and loving family would be an understatement… ❤️

I feel extremely fortunate that I was able to get here soon enough that he was well aware of my presence (As well as the rest of the family.) and we were even able to share some smiles and a laugh or two together along the way, but today, my father finally succumbed to his long fought battle with cancer and the world is one great man shy…

The picture frame says it all.

Below here is a copy of his obituary, but as stated therein, a few short paragraphs can hardly do justice to a man who has done so much for so many for so long and it would literally take a novel, that probably should be written, to check off his list of accomplishments and the work he has done for our country.

Long reflective walks in the mornings while here in DC and the love of my family has helped me thru this process tremendously, but I will be headed back home here shortly.

His loving wife, my step mother Huri, has been, and continues to be, the best…

Once back in Baldwin, I do still have plenty of great fall fishing dates available for anyone who would like to spend a quality day on the river as well as help me to make up for some lost river time. Just give the shop a call to check on those dates and I look forward to seeing many of you in one way or another very soon. (231) 745-3529

In closing to this “report” I just want to give a huge thanks for all of the support so many of you have already given me both in business and in life…

Tight lines,


Stanley K. Fraley (77) passed away on October 7th, 2019 after a six year battle with cancer.

He was born on June 14, 1942 in Brandon, Nebraska. He was truly a renaissance man with his exceptional career in US National Security, and with his multitude of hobbies – unicycling, guitar playing, amateur radio, biking, skiing, traveling, fishing, water skiing and writing witty and whimsical poetry, to name a few.

His education included BS and MS degrees in Nuclear Engineering from NC State, and a PhD in Engineering Science from the University of Tennessee.  He spent 8 years in the army in nuclear related programs before working at Oak Ridge National Laboratories.  While in Oak Ridge, he did long range planning for the Atomic Energy Commission, and became a subject matter expert in the fields of Monte Carlo codes used for neutron and gamma-ray radiation transportation calculations.  He is the co-author of a text book on the subject.  For the rest of his career, he was primarily involved in Arms Control and Nonproliferation issues related primarily to nuclear weapons and nuclear materials and became a nationally and internationally recognized expert.  He worked: a) At the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA), b) as a Science Attaché with the State Department assigned to the US Mission to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria, and c) as a Senior Scientist at Sandia National Laboratories.

He had a significant role in the development and negotiation of the verification regime that was adopted in the INF and START Treaties between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.  He was the US Chair of the negotiations in Geneva in 1987 for the Inspection Protocol provisions of the INF Treaty.  He received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service for his role in the negotiations.

He supported the State Department as a U.S. participant in the Denuclearization Working Group of the Six-Party talks on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.  As part of this process, he was the team lead on a number of monitoring visits to nuclear facilities in North Korea.

Just a few paragraphs will never be enough to summarize this beautiful man’s rich, colorful and successful life.  His brilliant mind, his generous and forgiving soul, his quiet and gentle love, his beautiful smile will live forever in the hearts of his wife Huri Fraley, his children Kathy Fraley Flanagan, Christine Fraley Steinbrecher, Cheryl Fraley, Steve Fraley and Cynthia Fraley Baerny as well as their spouses and all of his grandchildren.



  1. Steve,

    My condolences on your father’s passing. It sounds like we were all made better and safer by his work even though most of us never knew him.

  2. So sorry to hear of your loss. You were truly blessed by your father’s presence. Continue his legacy in your life.

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