Henry Leavenworth Fuller, M.D., J.D.

Henry Leavenworth Fuller, M.D., J.D.

Henry Leavenworth Fuller was born to Henry Carlton Fuller and Julia L. Fuller, on October 24, 1917, in Cleveland, Ohio. He lived in Findley, Ohio, until his parents moved to Phoenix, Ariz., when he was nine. He graduated from Arizona State University at Tempe and taught music and science in Wickenburg, Ariz. He held a lifetime teaching credential in Arizona. In 1942, he moved to San Francisco, Calif., joined the Navy, and went to medical school at the University of San Francisco. After medical school he moved to Orland, Calif., and began his family practice. He was active as leader in the Boy Scouts during this time and remembered hikes and Christmas tree sales with great fondness.

During the Korean War he was a flight surgeon for the Air Force. He then moved from Vacaville to Lake Isabella, Calif., with his wife and children, where he owned and operated a 6-bed hospital, and published a bi-weekly newspaper. From there he moved to Bakersfield, and then on to Santa Cruz, where he practiced medicine until 1979. During this time he went to Santa Clara Law School at nights while still continueing his family medical practice during the day, and working at the emergency room on weekends. After passing the California Bar, he practiced law for two years while still practicing medicine. He finally decided that medicine was his first choice; however, he kept his law license until retirement. He was politically active in Santa Cruz, and ran for the California Assembly twice.

In 1979, after deciding Santa Cruz was growing too fast, he relocated to Amador County, Calif., where he had an office in Pine Grove for 27 years and a second office in lone for five years. He was Chief of Staff at Amador Hospital twice.

In 1984, he married Joellyn Wise Towner, and they enjoyed traveling, music, opera, and many activities together. They moved to Central Point, Ore., in 2010, and enjoyed The Meadows, Central Point Senior Singers and the Central Point Presbyterian Church.

Henry was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Cecil Llewellyn; and daughter, Laurel Stevens. He is survived by his sister, Jan Wallace, of Vancouver, BC; his brother, Andy Fuller (Linda), of N.M.; son, David Fuller, of Berkeley, Calif.; daughters, Dianne Fuller DNP, FNP-C, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Robin Fuller, of San Diego, Calif.; his wife, Joellyn, of Central Point, Ore.; stepchildren, Tracey Towner, of Sutter Creek, Calif., Rick Towner (Liesl), of Raleigh, N.C., Darcey Towner-Reed, of Vancouver, Wash., and Jaymey Sweeney (Tom), of Central Point, Ore.; seventeen grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Share This Story