Lewis Dale Fuller, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 in Provo, UT surrounded by his loving family following complications from surgery.
He was born on February 28, 1932 to Lewis C. and Della Marie Fox Fuller in Monticello, UT. He was the third of six children and was the only boy in the family. He was a very mischievous little boy and kept the five girls wondering what was going to happen next.
One year for Christmas he got a pair of boxing gloves and the only one that would box with him was his older sister, Jean. One day, Dale decided to pull a trick and his little sister, LaRee, and had her stand on the bed so she could put her finger in the light socket as he flipped the light switch on. Needless to say that was the last time he tried that stunt.
Dale attended school in Monticello until his parents divorced, at which time he went to live in Salt Lake City with his Grandmother Fuller. He attended Bryant Jr. High and West High School while living there. He became homesick and returned to Monticello to finish the school year. During the tenth grade at Monticello High, he met Jacqueline Harvey and asked her to the Deer Hunter’s Ball. They became good friends and married on May 28, 1949. To this union was born six children Kathryn, Lewis, Lane, Russel, Laile and Kendall. Dale and Jacque celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary in May.
Dale had a deep love for horses. When he was about four or five he would shinny himself up the leg of the horse, pull himself on its back then go for a ride. This love stayed with him his entire life. The rodeo’s called his soul and he was readily available for riding any animal that could buck. Later in life he became a team roper, where he was the header, and followed the circuit in Utah and Nevada. Dale and his horse Black were well known by everyone in the circuit and all looked forward to watching him and Black working the steers. It was a sad day in his life when Black was called to horse heaven. They are probably riding the ranges in heaven now.
He worked for his Dad, running heavy equipment, then began his career with the San Juan County Road Department. When he was 19 years old, he was made foreman over the east district roads. The rest of his life was spent working for the State or County Road Departments. He was foreman for the Monticello District until he retired in 1997.
Dale never knew a stranger and loved everyone that he knew. Friend were dear to him and he cherished those friendships. His most valued possession was his family. He gave nicknames to every family member. He called his wife “Baby Doll” and nearly every child, grandchild and great grandchild received a nickname.
Dale is survived by his wife, Jacqueline, his children Kathy (Richard) Madsen, Lewis (Marsha) Fuller, Lane (Helen) Fuller, Russel (Brenda) Fuller, Laile (Clay) Fuller-Tolbert, Kendall (Tami) Fuller, 26 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three sisters Jean Otteson, Sherry (Leon) Behunin and Yvonne Walker.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Lois and LaRee, grandson Heath Fuller and granddaughter Kristin Hughes.
Funeral services were held Friday, October 11, 2013 at the Monticello LDS Stake Center. Interment was at the Monticello Cemetery.