Earl Payton Fullingim (May 21, 1926 - January 13, 2014)

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Earl Payton Fullingim went to be with the Lord on January 13, 2014.

Earl was born on May 21, 1926, in Mill Valley, California, to James Fullingim and Grace (Kennerson) Fullingim.

He graduated from San Pedro High School in February of 1944 before joining the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He studied naval science at the University of Southern California, aeronautical engineering at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, architecture at the University of California-Berkeley, languages at the University of Alaska Anchorage and pastoral studies at Alaska Bible College Extension.

He was licensed to practice architecture in Alaska, Minnesota and Wisconsin. He was a member emeritus of the American Institute of Architects. He lived from 1949 to 1964 in Minneapolis, where he was an architect in private practice.

Earl married June Mattson of Minneapolis in 1946, and they raised two children, Erik and Maia, during 41 years of marriage.

In 1964, Earl and his family moved to Anchorage, where he was an architect for restoration work after the 1964 Alaska earthquake.

He served as director of architecture for the Anchorage School District, 1972-1975, and as regional architect for the University of Alaska, 1977-1981.

He was a member of several Anchorage churches and was an ordained elder in a Bible church. He also served as a missionary architect for Christian schools, camps and churches in rural Alaska.

While in Alaska, he served on a number of local and state committees and the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, and was a member of many civic groups and associations, including the Christian Business Men's Committee and International Code Council.

He wrote, illustrated and published two books on accessibility to buildings and facilities for people with disabilities, one of which is used on the website of the Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Washington Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center.

June died in 1987, and in 1989, he married Caryl Hart of Anchorage and Anderson Island, Washington.

Earl and Caryl came in 2004 to Port Angeles, where they served in Christian ministries. He was a member of Bethany Pentecostal Church in Port Angeles.

He served as an officer of the Newcomers Club and the Clallam Art League, and as a member of the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce and Port Angeles Business Association.

He was a member of the Port Angeles School District Long Range Facilities and Capital Bond Committee.

He is survived by his wife, Caryl of Port Angeles; his son, Erik, and wife Sheila, both of Port Angeles; his daughter, Maia Downs, and husband Trevor, both of Monrovia, California; his stepdaughter, Vicki Corley, and husband Rob, both of Pineville, Louisiana; his sister, Marge of La Quinta, California; his grandchildren, Rebecca, Colin, Thea, Justin, Nicholas, Ryan and Taylor; and his great-grandson, Abel.

His body will be cremated and his ashes buried in his gravesite at Fort Richardson (Alaska) National Cemetery.

Pastor Omer Vigoren will officiate a memorial service to be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 18, 2014, at Bethany Pentecostal Church, 508 South Francis Street, Port Angeles, 360-457-1030.

Earl's widow, Caryl Fullingim, can be contacted through Park View Villas, 360-452-7222.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Jan. 16, 2014
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