Joseph Allen Fuller Jr. Loving son, husband, and father, died at home surrounded by family on December 9, 2013. Joe was born in Eureka Kansas on November 4, 1922. In World War II, Lieutenant Fuller served as a Douglas R4D navigator in the South Pacific Combat Air Transport (SCAT) command of USMC Marine Air Group 25. At the end of the war, he met Dorothy Herron, who was serving in the US Navy WAVES. They married in 1946 and attended the University of Wichita on the GI bill, graduating at the same time. Joe earned his PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Illinois in 1951. He worked for many years for Chevron Research and Standard Oil of California. Joe and Dorothy had been married for 57 years when she died in 2003. For most of those years they lived in Mill Valley, and were active in the Mill Valley Community Church. Joe lived the last three and a half years of his life with his daughter Carol in Santa Barbara. He is survived by his sister Helen Lake, his daughters Carol Schwyzer, and Marilyn Fuller (David Krug), and his sons Douglas Fuller (Debbie) and Scott Fuller, as well as seven grandchildren, one great-grandson, and many nieces and nephews. The family is grateful to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara for their capable and caring support at the end of his life.
Published in Marin Independent Journal from Dec. 20 to Dec. 22, 2013