John Paul Fullmer passed from this mortal life on Jan. 16, after a short illness at the age of 102 years, to meet his Savior and join the generations of family who were waiting to greet him with open arms.
John was born on March 23, 1915, in Circleville, Utah, to John Lorin Fullmer and Elizabeth Smith Fullmer. He was their second child and the last surviving sibling of six children, Smith Fullmer, Rollo Fullmer, Alvis Fullmer, Thomas Fullmer, and Georgia Fullmer Welti.
He married Marjorie Robinson Fullmer on April 10, 1939. They are the parents of five children, Jon R. (Patricia) Fullmer; Lorraine (Andrew) Day; Lorin (Janet) Fullmer; Christine Fullmer; and Paula Fullmer Mitchell.
Together John and Marjorie had 19 grandchildren. J.R.’s children: Robert (Courtney) Fullmer; Jon Paul Fullmer; Ryan Fullmer; Eric Fullmer. Lorraine’s children: Jennifer (Steve) VanWoerkom; Paul (Lori) Day; Allison (Garret) Emery; Molly (Steve) Rogers; Sarah (Eric) Marshall. Lorin’s children: Shawna (Eric) Wood; Robin (Robert) Fleugel; Jeremy Fullmer; Joseph (Natasha) Fullmer; Sterling (Cindy) Fullmer; Weston Fullmer; Evan Fullmer. Paula’s children: H.D. (Nichole) Eisenhauer III, Emily (Darryl) Eisenhauer Freling; and Logan Paul Eisenhauer. They also had 48 great grandchildren, and seven great-great grandchildren.
John was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Marjorie Fullmer in 2002; his daughter, Christine Fullmer in 2010; his grandson, Logan Paul Eisenhauer in 2012; his grandson Robert Howard Fullmer in 2017; and his great grandson, Dallin Wood in 2002.
On Aug. 20, 2005, John married Ramona A. Fullmer. She and her family were such a blessing to him. They enjoyed their retirement years happily together in Gunnison and American Fork, Utah.
John graduated from Piute County High School in 1933 and attended Brigham Young University and was a member of the basketball team. He also attended Utah State University prior to marrying Marjorie and beginning their family.
In 1940, he moved to Phoenix to manage a potato farming coop. From 1945-1947, John taught mathematics and coached basketball at Piute County High School in Circleville. He then opened a mercantile store in Marysvale, Utah, and later become the Mayor of Marysvale. From there, the family moved to Escondido, California, where he managed a grocery store. Another move took him to Elsinore, Utah, to manage yet another grocery store.
In 1957, John took over management of a grocery store for Redd Ranches in La Sal, Utah. In 1961, he and his family moved to Gunnison to purchase Little Super Market. This quaint smalltown grocery store emphasized John’s top-quality butcher shop where he could always be found cutting steaks or chops and whistling a tune behind the meat counter. In 1969 and again in 1972, he moved the grocery store into larger buildings and changed the name to Super Foods. In May of 1975, the grocery store converted to hardware and is still in business today as Fullmers’ Ace Hardware.
John and Marjorie worked side by side through the years, as did their sons, J.R. and Lorin, who became partners in the store. John’s goal to provide world-class customer service and products has brought Fullmers’ Ace Hardware to its trusted position in the community today.
John was very active in community affairs in Gunnison. He was an outspoken and worthy politician. He was elected City Councilman for two four-year terms from 1971 through 1979. He also served on the Planning and Zoning Commission.
John was a very spiritual man with a great testimony of Jesus Christ and God’s plan for us. He was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints and was very active in the Gunnison Branch where he held many church positions. He was truly a man of honor, integrity, and dedication, and taught by his example. John enriched the lives of all members of his family and so many in the community.
In his younger years, he loved to hunt and fish. His lifelong hobby was mining and prospecting all through Nevada, Utah, and Colorado. In the Gunnison country, he mined in the Crested Butte area and obtained many mining properties in the Pitkin area. He mined the Nest Egg, New Dollar mines and the South Gunnison Gold Belt. John was responsible for core drilling and mining on the Gold Bug Mine in Union Park near Taylor Park. His every day, even at 102 years of age, included viewing and studying rocks and dreaming about being out in the mountains with his family, a gold pan, a rock pick, and his peep stone. And that is just how his family remembers him. “The mountains were at home when he was there.”
John was an accomplished author and poet. He wrote several published books, many of which are histories of his ancestors and stories of growing up in southern Utah. His children and grandchildren have been delighted to read the stories that he wrote about them and are always enriched by his vivid recollections and colorful stories.
The funeral for John Paul Fullmer will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 810 North 11th Street, Gunnison, Colorado. Viewing will be at 10 a.m. prior to the service. A graveside celebration of his life will follow at Gunnison Cemetery.