Fairchild graduated from Roff in 1968 and played for Gene Cobb and Don Hoover. He holds the honor of being the first male All-State at Roff, as he was named to the All-State baseball team. He was a first-team member of the Ada Evening News All-Area basketball team and was the Player of the Year in the Ada All-Area baseball team. Fairchild later attended East Central University and played both basketball and baseball for Jerry Anderson and Ken Turner. An automobile accident cut his basketball career short, but he continued to play baseball and was named an Oklahoma Intercollegiate All-Conference pitcher as a member of ECU’s OIC championship team in 1972. He is also a member of the ECU Athletic Hall of Fame. Fairchild retired from the banking industry and now lives in Dallas.