Ralph Fuller, 90, of Cottonwood and formerly of Pine, died Dec. 27, 2002. He was born Aug. 18, 1912 in Provo, Utah.
At age 9, he moved with his parents to Pine. At the time, Pine was in a very isolated part of the state, so his family was required to be self-sufficient with farm animals, raising crops and many daily chores, which he helped.
He also helped with a family business known as The Mulberry Inn, which took in travelers who journeyed through the area.
As a young man, he served six months in the Civil Conservation Corp working on projects in the mountains near Globe.
Mr. Fuller was called to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the northwest from 1934 to 1936.
He married Velma Merrill of Mesa in 1937 and they had two children, Marilyn and Robert.
Mr. Fuller worked as a mechanic/welder at the Inspiration Copper Smelter in Globe during World War II, producing copper for the war effort.
In 1945, his father asked him to return to Pine to help with the family business and property.
Upon returning to the Rim country, Mr. Fuller opened a service station and auto repair shop.
Mr. Fuller was a very active member of the community, serving on various boards and acting as the water operator for the town water system for nearly 40 years.
He was active in various positions including ward clerk and scoutmaster.
Mr. Fuller retired from his service station work in 1982 and moved with his wife to Cottonwood.
Losing his eyesight to glaucoma in 1997, he spent the last five years in the care of family members prior to his death.
He is survived by daughter, Marilyn George of Phoenix; son, Robert A. Fuller of Cottonwood; seven grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
A funeral will be held Saturday, Jan. 4 in the Pine Cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Westcott Funeral Home.