Dennis Lee Fullerton, 57, of Nampa, Idaho, died March 9, 2008, after a short, but courageous battle with cancer.
His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Dakan Funeral Chapel in Caldwell, Idaho. There will be a reception afterward at the C.V. Peckham Community Center adjacent to the chapel. There will be a graveside service at 1 p.m. Thursday at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com.
Dennis was born on March 5, 1951, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Baker City to Jay and Louise Fullerton. He attended 12 years of school in Baker City, graduating in 1969. He began his 32-year-long career in law enforcement in 1973 with the Baker Police Department where he began as a reserve.
In 1974 he went to work for Sheriff Delmar E. Dixon, attaining the rank of lieutenant and deputy medical examiner under Dr. Charles Grant. He returned to the Baker Police department for four years before moving to Wilder, Idaho, where he was a police officer, fireman, and EMT.
He then worked a total of 23 years with the Canyon County Sheriff’s Department at Caldwell, Idaho, attaining the rank of patrol lieutenant, detective lieutenant, and acting jail commander.
Dennis met his former wife, Merry, of 23 years, at Wilder. they had two children: Jason, 23, of Meridian, and Chelsea, 20, of Caldwell. His grandson, Vincent, of Caldwell was born in 2007.
Dennis loved to watch Portland Trail Blazer basketball games, and was fond of cars, and his dog, Bugsy. His hobbies also included singing silly songs and playing basketball with his daughter, fishing with his son, or spoiling his grandson.
The family expressed their appreciation to Guardian Home Health & Hospice and Tender Hearts of Nampa.
“We love you dad, and will miss you greatly,” his children said.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jay Fullerton Jr.; and his brother, Ronald J. Fullerton.
Survivors include his mother, Louise Fullerton of Baker City; Marsha Corley of Dallas, Texas; son, Jason Fullerton and his girlfriend, Andrea Colglazier, of Meridian; daughter, Chelsea Fullerton and her boyfriend, Chance Kneeland, and their son, Vincent, of Caldwell; and his niece, Rhonda Fullerton of Nampa.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, March 11, 2008
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor