March 18, 1925 - November 1, 2017
Donald Frank Fulton began his life's journey on March 18, 1925. He was born in his grandparents' home situated on the farm bought by his grandfather in 1909, located six miles west of Hinton, Oklahoma, and part of the Bethel Community. During his childhood, he lived in Apache, Cowden, and Eakly, Oklahoma, and a home near "the mounds," close to the family farm. After the death of his grandparents, Don's parents, with their four children, returned to live on the family farm. Don attended and graduated from Hinton High School. It was during his high school years when he met his high school sweetheart and future wife, Betty Green. He lived and worked hard on the family farm until, at age 19, he proudly enlisted to serve his country. He heroically served in World War II in the 26th Infantry Division, Patton's Third Army, spending time in France, Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. While in combat during the Battle of the Bulge, he was injured and earned a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. After he was honorably discharged from the Army, he returned to Oklahoma, and attended Oklahoma A&M. In 1951,he married his high school sweetheart, Betty Green. He and Betty lived in Oklahoma City, rearing their three children. Don and Betty were longtime members of Northwest Christian Church in Oklahoma City, where Don was a deacon and devotedly served in many capacities. Don also worked for American Airlines for 32 years. In retirement, Don and Betty were able to move back to Don's beloved family farm. In 2009, Don, Betty and family, had a grand celebration of the farm being in the family for 100 years, and Don received a proclamation from the Honorable Brad Henry, Governor of Oklahoma, recognizing this event. Don and Betty spent many happy years living on and caring for the farm. They enjoyed being a part of the Hinton community, reuniting with many old and dear friends from their childhood. During that time, they were faithful members of the First United Methodist Church in Hinton. Don was also a member of the American Legion in Hinton. When health issues required them to leave the family farm, they moved to Edmond, Oklahoma, and became members of New Covenant Methodist Church in Edmond. Don was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. Like in the manner of Will Rogers, a stranger to Don was just a friend he hadn't met yet. Don loved meeting and talking to people, and made lots of friends along his way. He was hard-working, loyal, and had a big, loving heart. He was great with his hands, could fix anything, and was a master of creating "something" out of "nothing." He was a great storyteller and loved to swap stories. Don also had a great sense of humor and was known to play some good practical jokes in his time. Most of all, he was loving, devoted to, and proud of his family, and was faithful to his Lord. His family, who are very proud of him and the life he lived, has comfort knowing that he has gone to his final home now and is forever in God's loving care.
Don is survived by his wife, Betty Green Fulton; his daughter and her husband, Nancy and Robert Walker, and their daughter, Elizabeth Walker Black; his son and his wife, Bill and Sharon Fulton, and their daughter, Kathryn Fulton; his son and his wife, Don and Donna Fulton, and step-children, Kristen Rivera and Andrew Rivera, and grandchildren, Harper and Greyson; sister, Mary Ann Fulton Brooks; and many nieces and nephews. Don was preceded in death by his parents, H.D. "Denby" Fulton and Mary Catherine "Cassie" Gregg Fulton; brother, Harold D. Fulton; and sister, Eleanor Fulton Mencke.
Memorial Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
Services: First United Methodist Church, Friday 2:00 PM, November 3, 2017, Hinton, OK
Officiating: Rev. Gary Haynes
Burial: Hinton Cemetery, Hinton, OK
Services entrusted to Turner Funeral Home, Hinton, Oklahoma. Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org, turnerfh.net, or you can find us on facebook.com (Turner Funeral Homes).