Frank Payne Fullerton
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Frank Payne Fullerton, 83, passed away at Providence Hospital on June 25, 2008 in El Paso, Texas. The son of John Carr Fullerton and Lelia May Payne Fullerton, he was born September 2, 1924 in Orange, Virginia. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and his law degree from Southern Methodist University. He worked as an attorney for the International Water and Boundary Commission. A World War II Veteran, he served in the U.S. Army in the China-Burma-India theater and later served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Fullerton, the Pan American Judo Union Sports Director, was a seventh-degree black belt and international referee. He was the first president of USA Judo, a member of the US Olympic Committee Board of Directors and a delegate to the International Judo Federation. Fullerton received many honors for his work in the sport of judo, including his receipt of the John Osako, Henry Stone and Adrea Bregman Memorial Awards and recognition as the Black Belt Magazine Man of the Year. Fullerton was named the 1976 Texas Man of the Year and inducted into the PJU Hall of Fame in 2006. Earlier that year, he received the New York Athletic Club's Lifetime Achievement Award. Fullerton is preceded in death by his wife, Katharine Harvey Fullerton; brothers, John and Raymond Fullerton; sister, Dorothy Gentry. He is survived by his step-son, Charles Mattox of San Antonio, Texas. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Lelia May Muncy (Rick) of Marshall, Virginia, W.L. Gentry (Debbie) of Louisa, Virginia, John C. Fullerton, III (Beth) of Salado, Texas, Raymond A. Fullerton, Jr. of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Virginia F. Simpson (Pres) of Fresno, California, Patty Ann Backus (W.A.) of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Thomas Gentry of Unionville, Virginia, George Fullerton (Mary) of Jacksonville, Florida, and David Fullerton (Kathy) of Morrow, Georgia. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Frank Fullerton Memorial Fund, U.S.A Judo, Inc., 1 Olympic Plaza, Suite 505, Colorado Springs, CO 80909, or a charity of your choice. Visitation will be held from 12 - 2 pm, Thursday, July 3, 2008 at Sunset Funeral Home-West, Chapel of Peace. Graveside Service will be held at 2:30 pm, Thursday, July 3, 2008 at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Please visit our online register book at Services entrusted to Sunset Funeral Homes-West.

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Published in El Paso Times from Jul. 2 to Jul. 4, 2008.
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January 1, 2016
I met Frank Fullerton in 1964 when we were both working on the Chamizal Project. We became very close friends at that time and remained friends throughout his life. Frank was a talented, disciplined and physically robust man who loved being active. He was quiet but enjoyed life and was always a gentleman. I still miss him deeply and remember him fondly.
Mara V Rubio
January 13, 2015
Frank Fullerton was my friend and mentor. My brother and I learned the art of Judo and Karate from Frank during our college years in the 1960's. My brother, Wes, went on to get his second degree black belt and become Texas Judo Champion in 1968 (165 lb class). Alas I was not as successful as an athlete but remember Frank's patience and understanding in making all of his students better Judokists and young men and women. He gave freely of his time in and out of the dojo. I only regret that I have learned of his passing so many years later. I remember him fondly and extend my heartfelt condolences to his surviving family. He was my friend. He will be missed.
Paul Maxwell
July 15, 2008
Frank Fullerton was a giant. And he was a quiet one. Much of his work with young people, especially in the world of international judo was unheralded.
He will be sorely missed. God speed, Frank Fullerton.
Luis Midence, III
July 9, 2008
Mr. Fullerton,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-especially when you served during WW II in the CBI fighting the Japanese. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.
Mike Casey
July 7, 2008
Mr. Fullerton was a huge influence on helping American Judo grow. He was a gentleman and leader who gave a fair chance to all. I owe him greatly for all his help with my Judo career and will always remember him as an inspiration for helping athletes achieve their dreams.
Michael Swain
July 5, 2008
My condolences & prayers to the family of Mr Fullerton. I met him during a Judo class at UTEP in 1985, and ever since I kept in touch from time to time. I will truly miss his generosity and friendship.
July 3, 2008
Frank Fullerton was a good friend. He was certainly proud of being a long time resident of El Paso, and told me stories about one of his heros, the former El Paso Mayor, Congressman and Federal Judge, J. Ewing Thomason.
George N. Spitz
July 3, 2008
My condolences on Mr. Fullerton's passing. I did part time typing for him in the 80s re his judo work when I lived in El Paso. He was always so pleasant when he came to my home and would always talk about 'sports' and his 'corvairs' with my husband. Blessings to Mr. Fullerton's family --
Tish Crahen
July 3, 2008
I was sorry to hear about Mr. Fullerton's passing. I had spoken to him on many occasions regarding his irrigations. He will be missed. My prayers are with his family.

El Paso County Water Improvement District #1
Cathy Oyston
July 2, 2008
Frank was a true gentleman, who devoted his life to judo and to helping people.

Frank helped my family more than once and we really appreciate his help.

He will be missed, but not forgotten.

Jerry Hays
July 2, 2008
Mr. Fullerton was one of a kind, and most definitely his own man. I was talking about him with a friend yesterday and we agreed that Frank was the kind of person we expected would live forever. But of course, life isn't like that.

In addition to his endless accomplishments and how he touched people the world over, Frank Fullerton was a dear friend to me and my family and we will miss his Christmastime visits to our family home in Arkansas.

My condolences to his family and friends everywhere.
Sondra Jones
July 2, 2008
Debbie Hoffman and I were shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of a wonderful man and friend. Mr. Fullerton taught us so much and was always there for us if we needed anything. He nicknamed us the "LA Ladies" and always made sure we were treated as VIP's in the judo world. We will never ever forget him!
Naomi Osugi
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