Marlyn J. Mel Fullerton
Former Soldotna resident Marlyn J. “Mel” Fullerton died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005, after a longtime battle with lymphatic-leukemia. He was 66.
Mr. Fullerton requested his ashes be spread over his favorite mountains and streams of Alaska and Arizona. A memorial was held Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Evangelical Free Church of Green Valley in Green Valley, Ariz.
Mr. Fullerton was born July 3, 1939, in Gordon, Neb., to James L. and Velma A. (Earl) Fullerton. He attended Hay Springs High School in Hay Springs, Neb. After graduation, he worked for General Telephone in California and extended his experience to Alaska, spending his last 10 years working as a C.O. installer for Signal Communications in Soldotna.
Mr. Fullerton and his wife, Vicki, spent 30 years in Alaska before traveling throughout the Western and central parts of the United States in their fifth-wheel, biking, hiking, golfing, swimming and spending time with each other, their children and grandchildren. The Fullertons moved to Green Valley in January 2004.
“Mel will be remembered for his quick wit and eternal optimism. He lived life to the fullest. No one was a stranger to him; everyone a friend. He will be greatly missed by those that knew him and worked closely with him,” his family said.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mr. Fullerton is survived by his wife and best friend of 32 years, Vicki; brother, Ken Benda Fullerton of Green Valley; sister, Marvis (Jim) Ring of Edmond, Okla.; brother-in-law, Dr. John (Moreen) Yunck of Tucson, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Judy (Bob) Senden of Anchorage; children, Shaunna K. (Asa) Winchester of Anchorage, Vicky (Gary) Turner of Mulino, Ore., Sherry Vevea and Tracey Larson of Everett, Wash., Randy Fullerton of Sedro Woolley, Wash., Mark (Pat) Fullerton of Redmond, Ore., and Wendy (Chris) Weishaar of Lake Stevens, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Donations may be made in his name to Evangelical Free Church of Green Valley, C/O Grace Church of Sahuarita, 1393 W. Mission Twin Buttes Road, Green Valley, AZ 85614; or Odyssey Hospice Center, 750 E. Foothills Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718.
Arrangements were made by Green Valley Mortuary and Cemetery.
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