George Simmons Fullerton
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Obituary

George Simmons Fullerton

January 7, 1929 - October 6, 2018

George Simmons Fullerton passed away peacefully in the comfort of his own home at the age of 89 on October 6, 2018. George was born in Trenton, New Jersey to David and Adelaide (Simmons) Fullerton and was the youngest son in a family of nine siblings. The family relocated to Oregon when he was six where his energy and enthusiasm naturally led to athletic participation.

George attended Ashland High School where he excelled in track and field. As a high school junior, he set state records in both the mile and half mile, breaking a 34-year-old record in the mile run. Later in the same season he garnered national attention by setting a new mile record, set 11 years earlier by Louis Zamperini. This recognition led to a position on the LOOK magazine National Track Team roster and a track scholarship to Oregon State University.

As a student at Oregon State, he was a member of ROTC and the Theta Chi Fraternity. He earned a bachelor and two masters degrees in the field of education and began a teaching and coaching career in Estacada, Oregon. He then moved to Vancouver, Washington for a position at Vancouver High School and eventually landed at Clark College where he taught Physical Education courses and coached track and field for 30 years. As a coach, he led Clark to three regional NWAC Championships and guided numerous individuals to record-setting marks.

He transitioned to retirement by building a local residential rental business which kept him busy when he was not boating on the river, golfing, or fishing at his favorite fishing hole. Clark Athletics inducted George into the Hall of Fame in 2015 and NWAC (Northwest Athletic Conference) did the same in 2016. He was a big supporter of education and athletics and recently established the FAST (Fullerton Athletic Scholarship Team) awards for athletes at Clark College.

George was known for his inspirational talks, quick wit, and inventive training methods. His smile, story-telling, and encouragement will be missed.

George Fullerton is survived by his companion Vickie Neal, daughters Linda Rainwater, Jill Fullerton, Christine Fullerton, Candace and Jeff Spiro and grandchildren Sam and Ellie Spiro, his sister Anne Hall, sister-in-law Anne Fullerton and numerous nephews and nieces.

A Remembrance will be held at Clark College on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 1:00pm in the STEM building. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Clark College Foundation: 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98666 or Ashland High School Athletics Track Team: 201 S. Mountain Ave, Ashland, OR 97520.

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Published in the Daily Tidings
on October 12, 2018
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