BUCHANAN DAM Lawrence Lee (Larry) Fuller, 85, of Buchanan Dam, Texas left his earthly bonds on April 15, 2012. He was born to Lawrence Lee and Anna Marie Mullaney Fuller on November 13, 1926 in Tucson, Arizona.|
As a young child the family moved to El Paso, Texas. After graduating from Cathedral and Austin High School he joined the U.S. Navy and proudly served our country in the South Pacific during WW II. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He returned to El Paso and attended the College of Mines for three years and then transferred to the University of Texas in Austin. He graduated with a BBA degree in 1950. He later returned to the University of Texas Law School and graduated with a LLB Degree in 1957. He was admitted to the Bar that same year.
Larry was admitted to practice law before all courts in the State of Texas including the Texas Supreme Court, All Federal District Courts between Dallas and El Paso, The United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, New Orleans, Louisiana, the United States Tax Court and the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.
Larry served as the Assistant County Attorney in El Paso until 1959. He then served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Texas until 1961. He received national recognition during this time when he was chosen to lead the prosecution of the hijacking of Continental Airlines flight 707 that occurred in El Paso. It was the first hijacking case to ever be tried.
Larry moved to Monahans, Texas in 1970. After having a private law practice for a few years he became District Attorney in 1973. He later ran for and was elected District Judge of the 143rd Judicial District. That District consisted of Ward, Reeves and Loving Countries.
In September 1986, Governor Mark White appointed Larry to the 8th Court of Appeals in El Paso. He served in that capacity until his retirement in 1991. He and Barbra then moved to Austin, Texas where he continued to work during his retirement as a "rent-a-judge." Larry loved being a lawyer and Judge. In his spare time he enjoyed reading the newspaper and exercising.
Larry is survived by his wife of 33 years, Barbra Hutchings Fuller of Buchanan Dam, Texas; sister, Mary Ellen Fuller of Albuquerque, New Mexico; children, Pamela Skinner, Debra and Mike Cunnington and Patricia Brown, all of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Gail Koskie of San Angelo, Texas and Kisa Koskie and fiancé Kenneth Roberts of New Braunfels, Texas; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Highland Lakes United Methodist Church, Buchanan Dam on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. An online guest register may be signed at www.PutnamCares.com. Donations may be made in Larry's name to the Highland Lakes United Methodist Church Highway 1431, Buchanan Dam, Texas 78609 or to
Cremation arrangements made by Putnam Funeral Home and Crematory 145 Texas Avenue, Kingsland, Texas 78639 (325)388-0008.
Published in Odessa American on Apr. 22, 2012