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Obituary: Duane E Fuller

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Duane E Fuller

1912 ~ 2008

On March 19, 2008 our wonderful father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend was reunited with his beloved wife, Lillian.

Duane E. Fuller Sr. was born in Forbes, North Dakota August 17th 1912, to Nora Smith and Oscar Fuller. He graduated from Forbes High School third in his class. Dad went to college in Ellendale and got his teaching certificate. He taught in a one room country school outside of Forbes. He eventually moved to Scobey, Montana and worked for the Nash Finch company. There Dad met, courted and married Lillian Matilda Tong on June 16th, 1936. On June 1st, 1937 they moved to Salt Lake City, where Dad worked for American Food, Warsaw's (Grand Central) and in 1939 he and Mom bought a small home and hamburger stand east of Granite High. During World War II Dad worked for Betsy Ross Bread. After the war Dad worked for Country Club Potato Chips he then went into the gas business. He started the first self service gas station in the State of Utah, the first automatic car wash between Denver and San Francisco. He was active in the Utah Petroleum Association and held the position of Secretary to that Association. Dad played semi-pro softball in North Dakota and in Salt Lake. Dad was a long time member of the Lion's Club. He was a Charter member of South Salt Lake Lions. He was a member of Granite Park Lions and East Millcreek Lions Club. He has held every office in this organization at one time or another rising to the office of District Governor of Utah. In his retirement years Dad and Mom traveled throughout the world enjoying each and every trip together.

Dad is survived by his four children, Jo Anne Smith, Duane (Vickie), Charles (Joanie) and Oscar (Jeannette) Fuller, 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Lillian, three brothers, two sisters, his son-in-law, Frank Smith and one granddaughter, Rebecca.

Services will be held Wednesday March 26th at 12 noon, at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary Chapel, 3401 S. Highland Drive, where friends and family may visit from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.