FULLARTON, DAVID COLEMAN, 80
David Coleman Fullarton, son of the late Nancy Harriott and Gregg Fullarton, died on January 24, 2014 at his home in Summerfield, Florida under the care of his living wife, friends and Hospice of Marion County.
He was preceded in death by Dorothy Schiavone Fullarton (wife) and Jean Fullarton Flynn (sister). He was born in 1933 in Chicago, IL, but lived most of his life in Maryland, and later Savannah, GA, before retiring to Florida. He recently celebrated his 80th birthday with twin grandchildren who shared his birth date in 2013.
Dave served in the United States Navy form 1953-56. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Electrical Engineering with high honors and later obtained an MBA from Florida Atlantic University. He also attended George Washington University Law School. Honors achieved during college included membership in Tau Beta Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Phi Eta Sigma Fraternity.
In Washington, DC, he was employed as Executive Vice President with National Telephone Cooperative Association from 1962-1984 where he was successful pushing through national legislation regarding rural telephone cooperatives. He also served as the advance man during the 1968 presidential campaign for Hubert Humphrey. Professional honors included serving on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and Washington Society of Association Executives. He was given the ASAE Key Man Award and ASAE Management Achievement Award.
Dave continued to work for non-profit associations until he was 78. In Ocala, FL, he was Executive Director of the Marion County Homeless Council. In Summerfield, FL, he served as a consultant to Evangelical Bible Mission-Family Care Givers. In Savannah, GA, he was Executive Director of United Ministries of Savannah which was dedicated to serving the homeless and near homeless, and Executive Director of Chatham Association for Retarded Citizens. In Washington, DC, he was President of Information Industry Association and CEO of International Foundation of Employee Benefit plans. He was also an instructor for ASAE's University of Maryland Development Program and United States Chamber of Commerce Institutes for Organization Management.
Dave had a passion for playing golf, reading, watching Horatio Hornblower DVDs and growing roses. He especially delighted in spending time with his family at the beach each summer and hosting family gatherings at Christmas.
He is survived by his wife, Marianne; son, David; daughter, Christine Klein (Eric) and son Kenneth; sisters, Nancy Fullarton Seidl and Jane Fullarton and five adoring grandchildren: Megan Fullarton, Sydney Klein, Jordyn Klein, Thomas Fullarton and Olivia Fullarton.
He served as an Elder at Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church in Savannah, GA and at Ft. King Presbyterian Church in Ocala, FL.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 30, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at Ft. King Presbyterian Church, NE 36th Ave, Ocala, FL. His final resting place will be in Baltimore, MD, at the Baltimore National Cemetery the following week.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the veterans group of your choice or Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Jan. 28 to Jan. 29, 2014