Former Cut Bank resident Greg Fuller passed away at the home he shared with his wife, Jeane (Dilley) Fuller in Palm Desert, Calif. on Thursday, June 6, 2019. He was 82.
A celebration of Greg’s life will be held at the Crown Hill Cemetery later this fall. Details are pending.
Jeane, who had spent many years there off and on, introduced Greg to Cut Bank and he immediately felt welcomed by the community and its friendly residents. The Fullers decided to retire in Cut Bank in 2005, purchasing Peggy Hegle’s home on Seventh Avenue.
Greg was an enthusiastic golfer and immediately found partners at the Cut Bank Golf and Country Club, many of whom became his dear friends. He liked to recall the time when Montalban Oil and Gas Operation (MOGO) sponsored a team for an annual golf tournament, choosing Clancy Munson, Jim McGovern, Randy Rummel and Greg to make up the foursome. When the team came in first, you would have thought they’d won the U.S. Open, so delighted and enthusiastic were they.
He was also passionate about baseball – anytime, anywhere and any team, although his heart remained true to the New York Yankees and the San Francisco Giants. As a young man, Greg was recruited by the N.Y. Yankees as a rookie pitcher, but he declined the offer in favor of going to college. One of his enduring baseball memories was traveling to the East Coast on a two-week baseball pilgrimage with one of his grandsons and his son-in-law, where they attended games in Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore and New York before they headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. it was on the way to Cooperstown, located in rural upstate New York, that Greg began using one of his favorite Yogi Berra aphorisms: “We may be lost, but we’re making good time.”
He served three years in the U.S. Marine Corps reserves, then followed with three years of active duty in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in Beirut, Lebanon.
Greg was employed by Pendleton Woolen Mills in Portland, Ore. for 35 years, retiring as Sales and Marketing Director. As a lifelong Catholic, Greg was active in Cut Bank’s St. Margaret Catholic Church and enjoyed spending time with Father Drury.