Stephen J. Fulton, State Farm Agent at Smokey Point from 1980 to his death passed away in Albuquerque, NM on Saturday, January 2, 2021, at the age of 72.
Steve was born to parents, Joe and June Fulton on October 26, 1948 in Spokane WA. Their family farm was seven miles outside of Fairfield, WA. He was the youngest of four and graduated from Liberty (consolidated) High School in 1966. He graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Economics in 1970. After a successful internship, the summer between his Junior and Senior college years, Steve began his ten-year career with Bell Telephone, leaving in 1980 as the Manager of the Vancouver, WA office to begin his career with State Farm in Marysville. Many of his clients became friends, and he followed their lives through the years. It was not unusual for Steve to also take care of his clients children’s insurance needs and in recent years, their grandchildren.
Steve was active in Marysville Rotary, including multiple school building trips to Guatemala supporting “Hands for Peace Making”. Steve also actively supported the Marysville Food Bank. His other passion was the promotion of the Unifine “impact” whole grain flour mill that his family had supported for three generations. Steve’s passion for unifine flour milling has resulted in mills in three countries and two continents. It is part of a “Farm to Table” movement that involves placing mills in regional (sour dough European style) bakeries engaging with local farmers practicing holistic, sustainable farming practices.
Steve is survived by his wife, Teresa Fulton (formerly Garrison); and his children and grandchildren; Molly McCue (nee Fulton) of New York, NY; Kate (nee Fulton) and Shawn Krause and his son, Quinn of Post Falls ID; and Carl and Maria Fulton and their children, Ellison and Drew of Hayden ID. He is also survived by his stepsons, Joshua and Ben Garrison and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and June and his brother, Larry.
Following cremation, his ashes will be privately scattered at the family farm in Eastern Washington.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Marysville Community Food Bank at PO Box 917; Marysville, WA 98270.
The family would like to thank Life Spring’s Cancer Treatment Center in Seattle, the New Mexico Cancer Center and Hospice of New Mexico for their care.
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