Joseph Allen Fuller, Jr.
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.
He served as a navigator in the South Pacific during World War II with Marine Air Group 25. At the end of the war, he met Dorothy Herron, who had served in the WAVES during the war. 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 were married for 57 years. For most of those years, they lived in Mill Valley and were active in the Mill Valley Community Church. Dorothy died in 2003. 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 Fuller (Robert Lake), his daughters Carol Schwyzer (Hubert Schwyzer) and Marilyn Fuller (David Krug), and his sons Douglas Fuller (Debbie Shroyer) and Scott Fuller, as well as seven grandchildren, one great-grandson, and many nieces and nephews.
The family is grateful to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care of Santa Barbara for their capable and caring support at the end of his life.