The Norman Transcript

October 21, 2012

Marcus Willard ‘Mark’ Fuller


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Marcus Willard “Mark” Fuller, 92, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at First Christian Church.

Mark was born July 2, 1920, in Pond Creek. He grew up in Norman, where his family moved to in 1924 when he was 4 years old.

His father, Merle Fuller, owned University Cleaners on Asp Avenue while Mark attended Washington and McKinley elementary schools and the former University High School. Mark worked part time for his mother, Oakie, who owned the Monterey restaurant at Classen and Boyd, now known as The Mont.

After attending the University of Texas, he graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1942 with a fine arts degree.

He served three years in the Army Air Corps during World War II, flying out of New York with the Air Transport Command.

He stayed in the east to attend the Parsons School of Design and to serve as technical director and instructor in the Vasar College Experimental Theater for two years.

Mark earned a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Southern California in 1949 and worked at USC as an assistant professor of drama, design and technical direction. For three years Mark was an architectural consultant to the Los Angeles School Board for the design of auditoriums.

During the same period he was stage designer and technical director for Carl Ebert Opera Productions in Los Angeles. In 1953, he returned to Oklahoma as the first art director of the new Channel 9 television station in Oklahoma City. After three years he moved to the state education TV station for two years. During this time he learned to play polo and played competively until 1960.

Mark’s business affiliations in Norman have included owning feed lots, being in the construction business, manager of the Holiday Inn, food service coordinator for the OU Student Union, owner of the Band Box Cleaners, as well as owner of Clark Campus Cleaners and the Snappy Fox dress shop.

Mark was active in a long list of local, state and national professional, civic and service capacities. He was president and chairman of the board of the Norman Chamber of Commerce and held the same positions with the Norman Convention and Tourism Committee. He was president of the Norman Art League and Sooner Theater Inc., directed OU’s first Sooner Follies, directed many Sooner Scandals, and several American Indian Exposition productions in Anadarko.

His greatest honor was to be selected as grand marshal of the ’89er Day Parade in Norman.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Patricia Ann Fuller.

He is survived by sons, Mark Fuller and wife Amy of Norman and Lance Fuller and wife Jena of College Station, Texas; daughters, Teri Hoelscher and husband James of Norman and Lauren Fuller and husband Eddie Martinez of Haymarket, Va.; brother, Lawrence Fuller and wife Patty of Midland, Texas; and four grandchildren, Jared Fuller, Mackenzie Martinez, Abby Fuller and Shea Fuller.

Donations in liu of flowers can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA).

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