Walter A. Fuller

Walter A. Fuller, 54

Died: September 12, 2008
He was a good boss, very fair, very sensitive to his employees. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about his career and aviation in general.
— Fernando Morales, coworker
On the day of the crash, Walt Fuller left his job as an air traffic manager at the Burbank Airport a bit early for his Simi Valley home. He preferred riding the train, both to save gas and to 'do his part in taking another car off the road,' a coworker said. Fuller had worked for the Federal Aviation Administration for 24 years.
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135 memories of Walter

I worked with Walt on and off for 21 years. He was a very professional air traffic controller and manager, and a great person. He will be sorely missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

— Kevin Karpe, Colleague
September 13, 2008 at 7:38 p.m.

Above all, Walt was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ, living his life to the glory of God. He was a loving and caring husband and father who lived for his family..walked his daughter down the aisle, cheered proudly as his other daughter graduated college, and supported his son at his many baseball games! This is the legacy he leaves behind.

— Lindsey Wilson, Family Friend
September 13, 2008 at 9:30 p.m.

Walt was a fine person and an excellent air traffic controller. He always seemed to have a grin on his face, and he brightened our days. He will be missed. Our condolences to his family.

— Dave Ruiz
September 13, 2008 at 9:47 p.m.

Walt was a kind, humble, and reliable friend. He had tremendous passion for our work, and will - in my eyes and many others - be remembered for his love of family, his smile, and quiet determination. WF, we wish you God-speed...

— Don Kirby, Friend and Colleague
September 13, 2008 at 10:20 p.m.

Walt was a wonderful friend! I rode and talked with Walt on the train for the last two years. Walt loved God, his wife and his children. He touched many lives! We will miss you Walt! See you later!

— Steve Gleason
September 13, 2008 at 11:17 p.m.

Walt loved his profession and God. I fondly remember the times that he was my Supe 97-99 before the burden of Labor-Management Relations. I will pray Rosaries for him

— Kevin Sherwood, Union Leader
September 14, 2008 at 12:31 a.m.

Walt was a good soul, reliable, dedicated and dependable as a peer and as a friend. My condolences to Walt's family in this tough time. Walt, my friend, you will be missed!

— Rich Pyke
September 14, 2008 at 8:29 a.m.

I will never forget the proud and loving look on Walt's face as he walked his eldest daughter down the aisle. It was so apparent to everyone who knew Walt that he loved God, loved his beautiful wife, and loved his wonderful children. The home that Walt and Jenny built is warm, open, and loving and is a place that people love to be. He will continue to shape the people whose lives he touched, even now when he is in a better place.

— Lauren Weldon, Family Friend
September 14, 2008 at 8:30 a.m.

We was in his wifes 5th grade class 3 years ago. she did a christmas chourus each year. We werre in the chourus for two years and he would come listin to us and set up the sound equipment. He was a very nice man and we will always remember his giving and selfless ways.

— Samantha Snyder and Asia Shapiro
September 14, 2008 at 11:32 a.m.

My heartfelt sympathy to all of you, Walt's family. I met Walt through my daughter-in-law, Robin, while at the Camarillo tower. Walt had a great smile and was a very pleasant man. My daughter-in-law always spoke very highly of him and had the utmost respect for him. I pray the Lord will comfort you and keep you in his care. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. With love and sympathy,

— Barbara Dybvik
September 14, 2008 at 1:59 p.m.

Walt came into our life through baseball. We spent many hours cheering for our boys at their games. We fondly remember great times that we shared through all our travels with the Sliders. Walt always had his pda available to keep the stats for our team. As Jenny reminded us today, Walt climbed over a guard rail at Zion National Park to retrieve a roll of film of ours that had fallen. He was a quiet daredevil.

His strong belief in God, his love for his family and friends will be remembered forever. Our prayers for the family.

We feel honored to have known such an honest, caring person. May you rest in peace, Walt.

Love The Thiel Family

— Colette and Michael Thiel
September 14, 2008 at 2:10 p.m.

Walt was a wonderful man. He was kind and loving. I had the pleasure of working with him for several years. He never showed any anger and always had a warm smile for you. He shall be missed. God bless his family in these sad times. Good bye Walt.

— Andrea L. Anderson
September 14, 2008 at 2:18 p.m.

My Daughter was in Mrs. Fuller 5th grade class in 2006-2007. Knowing Mrs. Fuller and her son Casey who would come into the class to teach on special days. Christine would feel very blessed to have both teaching the class. With my son still attending the same school I look forward to seeing her smiling face. So I am sure that her husband Walt was and will always be just as special as his wife made us feel.
Our thought and prayers are with her and her family.

Much Thoughts The Flora Family

— Jenine, Joe, Christine & Ryan Flora
September 14, 2008 at 3:28 p.m.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

— Mari
September 14, 2008 at 6:25 p.m.

Walt and Jenny came into our lives dancing with the Happy Squares. He always had a smile and a kind word. Our prayers are with Jenny and there family. Walt will be missed.

— Richard & Wendy Zive
September 14, 2008 at 8:18 p.m.

Although only meeting him in person just once, I owe my future career in the FAA to his guidance on the subject and his words of wisdom regarding a career for which he portrayed a great passion. September 22nd is to be my first day at BUR ATCT and will definitely be a somber one with the loss of Mr. Fuller. My condolences are with his family and my future coworkers whom he worked with daily.

— Manuel Castro
September 14, 2008 at 8:53 p.m.

Walt helped train me when I arrived at Burbank. He had a lot of patience (needed it with me!) and was easy-going. He will be missed.

— Mike Quinlin
September 14, 2008 at 9:04 p.m.

Thank you my friend.

— Jerry
September 14, 2008 at 9:40 p.m.

Our son sang it best this morning..."He will walk the streets of gold in Heaven..." And as the day came to an end our 7 year old son whispered his prayer tonight saying...

"Dear God, Can you please take care of Mr. Fuller up there in Heaven and I know Mrs. Fuller will miss her husband BUT can you please help her not to miss him to much God...Thank you....Amen" In thinking of what to write at a time like this we felt out little guy summed it up pretty good.

Our prayers are with you all!
The Severyn Family

— Danny, Amanda, and Wiley Severyn
September 14, 2008 at 10:09 p.m.

I never met Walt but I know a couple of folks who worked with him and admired him greatly.

How sad to lose him and other productive, working members of the community to what seems to have been a totally preventable crash.

— Wally Roberts
September 14, 2008 at 10:18 p.m.

Walt, you will be missed. I'm sorry your family has to endure this pain.

— Tony Williams, former co-worker
September 14, 2008 at 10:37 p.m.

I've known Walt and worked with Walt for over 20 years. I'm deeply sadden by this tragedy. RIP my friend.

— Gary Hess, former co-worker
September 14, 2008 at 11:17 p.m.

I was just speaking with him last week while driving him to the Metrolink station and he was his usual smiling jovial self, always a pleasure to be around and always encouraging. He was the first person I thought of when I heard of the crash... I hoped he wasn't on that particular train, but he was. He will be missed. My condolences to his family and friends.

— Ricky Edwards
September 15, 2008 at 5:03 a.m.

I will remember Walt as the nice, quiet guy in 510 who always had a spare piece of chocolate candy to get us through, when 540 ran out. A man you can rely on! He was planning diligently for his retirement and I know that our other dear, departed 540 colleague Craig will be waiting there to welcome Walt into that most sacred airspace, well above Class B. I will pray for strength for the Fuller family.

— Jan Proper
September 15, 2008 at 8:18 a.m.

my heart and love goes to his family. I am so sorry for your loss.

— Erin Cariker
September 15, 2008 at 8:36 a.m.

I worked with Walt in the Regional Office, I was in 540 he in 510, In those days we rode in a Van Pool together. Than he got a job at SCT and I retired. But came back on a Contract to work training. So Walt was here in Burbank as I came back to work. His great smile greeted me on my first day here. I left Friday saying see you Monday. His family pictures are still on his desk this AM. Walt we miss you - God speed to your family we're all praying for you - - Good bye..

— Barb Caldwell
September 15, 2008 at 10:17 a.m.

I had the pleasure of working side by side with Walt as supervisors at SCT for such a very short time, his kindness impacted my life greatly. Walt and his pleasent ways had a calming effect on all around him, "You will be missed my friend".

— Ted Bernez
September 15, 2008 at 10:33 a.m.

My Love and Prayers go out to all of cousin Walts family!
To his wife, Jenny,and their children, I wish you strength and peace! Uncle Larry, Aunt Ginny, cousins, Annette, Vanessa, Tommy and all their children take care of one another. Love you all, cousin, Kathy(Mark), Franny, Erin Sue and(Nick), in Santa Barbara!

— Cousin, Kathy Fuller-Lammer
September 15, 2008 at 11:34 a.m.


September 15, 2008 at 12:03 p.m.

As others have said before me, Walt's smile lit up the room and his cheerful attitude was a joy to be around. I was truely shocked and saddened to hear of his passing and my prayers go out to his family and friends. You will be missed my friend.

— Cindy Ford, former co-worker
September 15, 2008 at 12:39 p.m.

I remember the "game nights" we would have at Walt and Jenny's house while we were in High School his kids and all of there friends spread out in the living room playing Cranium. I also had the pleasure of playing "Church League" softball against Walt for the past 4 years and each season I would look forward to our game with Simi Church of Christ. We had this special competition between us the only way I can describe it is very competitive but very loving. One thing is sure, Walt was a great man, a great husband, a great father, and a great follower of Christ. I will miss him.

— MIke Cirricione, Family Friend
September 15, 2008 at 1:23 p.m.

Your bright smile and your warm personality will be deeply missed on the softball field by all your brothers and sisters in Christ. And to the Fuller Family, we love you in the Lord and you remain in our hearts and our prayers.

— Kimberly Williams
September 15, 2008 at 1:26 p.m.

My sympathy to the Fuller family.

— Bill Lindsay
September 15, 2008 at 2:09 p.m.

I met and knew Walt way back in college. Even then, every aspect of his values, personality and brotherhood testified to the great life he would have, Lord willing. It is obvious that Walt ran the race well. The winds of time and distance have not allowed me to cross paths with him since, but nothing said above surprises me. My wife, Sharon, and I send his family and friends our open hearts and our special prayers.

— Glenn Nakawaki
September 15, 2008 at 4:23 p.m.

Walt was a faithful friend and co-worker. I remember that Friday as we worked together in the office area getting the tower ready for new carpet. He was in a great mood, smiling all day and even insisted on buying my lunch! That is my last memory of a good man who loved the Lord dearly.

— Mark Economou, co-worker
September 15, 2008 at 4:33 p.m.

Our hearts and sympathy are with the Fuller family.

— Berbel Family
September 15, 2008 at 4:37 p.m.

My thoughts, prayers and love are with you now, Jenny, Kelly & Ryan, Kristi and Casey.

Walt loved the LORD with all his heart and demonstrated that everyday to my son, Ryan -his new son-in-law. Walt "stood in the gap," as a man of God for Ryan in many incredible ways, for this; I am eternally grateful.

Love, Cheryl

— Cheryl Edmond
September 15, 2008 at 5:21 p.m.

My wife and I met Walt and Jenny in 1980 at our chuch in Redwood City, CA before they were married. We became good friends as part of our church's young married couples. We'd spend Sunday evenings playing cards and eating waffle dinners and our famous homemade "egg roll" dinners. Our children were born at about the same time and we spent countless hours together.

Our hearts are so sad to see Walt's death, but know that the faith this family has in God will see them through this difficult time. Walt and his while family has touched so many families over the years and we are proud to be friends and almost family.

— Mark & Debbie Molloy
September 15, 2008 at 6:20 p.m.

Walt, we'll miss you when we square up.

My sincere condolences to the entire family

Susie-Valley Trailers

— Susie
September 15, 2008 at 7:53 p.m.

My math teacher is Mr. Fuller's daughter. On the announcements today, the speaker mentioned the accident. We had a substitute, but she said she would be back as soon as possible. I wanted to just say that I hope she would be strong with this tragedy. I'll be praying for your family.
Katharine & Family

— Katharine
September 15, 2008 at 8:25 p.m.

Walter was a nice man, cheerful and very easy to talk to. Everybody always enjoyed seeing him coming and he and his smile will be sorely missed.

— Rita Lemus
September 15, 2008 at 8:32 p.m.

Walt will truly be missed by everyone! His Godly character shows through each one of his family members. Jenny; you are a wonderful testimony of Christ to so many students. Your patience, love, and dedication to children has encouraged many children in our community. Kelly, Kristy, and Casey; thank you for your continued leadership and wonderful example to the youth in Simi Valley. We love you!

— Chris & Vicky Ramirez & Family
September 15, 2008 at 9:04 p.m.

Walt was one of the finest people we have ever known. Our boys played baseball together for about 10 years. Through the agony and joy of youth sports, he always kept a level head and set the example during adverse situations. His integrity is unmatched. A true friend that was always willing to listen and give good sound advice. He always found a way to help and support in any way possible. We will miss the many summer vacations we spent together following our son's baseball games and fishing. Walt was a true friend and will be missed dearly.

— The Forgerson Family
September 15, 2008 at 9:34 p.m.

It is early in the morning and I find great strength in reading your thoughts about Walt. He will truly be missed, but we know he is in the presence of the Lord and with the continued love and support of our friends and family, we too will be okay. To my "Mary and Martha", you know I love you and couldn't do this without you.

— Jenny Fuller
September 16, 2008 at 4:55 a.m.

I didn't get to know Walt very well,I was invited into the Fullers home Christmas two years ago and felt like I was a member of the family.I will be forever grateful for the gift of his beatiful daughter to my son Ryan and the positive and loving impact he has made in my sons life.
Randy Loftis(Ryans Dad}

— Randy Loftis
September 16, 2008 at 5:45 a.m.

I remember Walt as being humble and that he always brought a sense of balance to the office. Walt will be missed. May God bring comfort and healing to his family.

Barry Davis

— Barry J Davis
September 16, 2008 at 7:04 a.m.

I've had the pleasure to meet Walt by playing softball with him every week. He will be greatly missed.

— Randy Buller, Teammate
September 16, 2008 at 7:52 a.m.

Walt is my husband's brother in-law. He was such a wonderful Uncle, Father, & Husband to his family. He will be really missed by our family. I wish Jenny & the kids strength to get thru this difficult time. Walt will forever be remembered! All my love goes out to his family.

— Sarah Barker
September 16, 2008 at 8:16 a.m.

We know the Fuller Family from School and Church.
Jenny, whom my son Travis and I love dearly, was Travis's
5th grade teacher and what a blessing that was for him.
Kristi holds a very special place in my heart and I am
praying for you daily honey. My husband Jon also had the
pleasure of praying with Kristi on the day she was baptized
and what a special day that was. Walt will be missed by so
many but as followers of Christ we all know what an amazing
place he is in right now. By the Grace of God you will
all get through this. God Bless you guys.
All our Love,
Tammy, Jon, Travis and Austin Gerlach

— The Gerlach Family
September 16, 2008 at 9 a.m.

Bye my friend until I see you in heaven.

— Ken Hyman, FAT ATM
September 16, 2008 at 11:28 a.m.

I put off writing this because it was difficult to find the right words. I've discovered there are no words that accurately conveys my grief. Walt was a man who valued family and faith above all else. I worked with Walt both at CMA and BUR. He was caring boss who watched out for his a majority of his employees. Even when he was ridiculed, he stood firm...a testament to his character. But when I think of Walt, I'll remeber Walt the man, not Walt the boss. I'll remember the man he took the time to take a scawny twenty-two year old kid under his wing and help him mature both as a controller and as a man. I'll remember the many conversations we had not about air traffic, but about life in general and family in particular. When I found out I was going to be a father, one of the first people I saught out for parenting advice was Walt because I wanted to try to emulate his parenting style. If I could be half as good as Walt at being a father, I would be well satisfied. I am a better person for having known him. My only regret is not taking more time to converse with him becasue I foolishly thought I would have many more years with which to do so. Walt, wherever you are, take care and know that you have touched and enriched many lives, not just mine. In the words of Edward Stanton, Walt "now belongs to the Angels".

— Cau Hau
September 16, 2008 at 1:10 p.m.

I met Walt at the Regional Office when he was in 510 and I was working in 505. He always seemed to have an upbeat attitude and a smile for everyone he came across. Just a genuinely nice guy. Deepest sympathies to the Fuller family and his many friends.

— Doug Blaul - LGB ATM
September 16, 2008 at 1:36 p.m.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

May God bless Walt's family.

— Marv Shappi
September 16, 2008 at 1:47 p.m.

We were fortunate about 5 months ago to meet Walt and have him give us a tour of the Control Tower at the Bob Hope airport. We are currently working on an animated film and needed to do some research and our colleague, Susie Coffer, Walt's neighbor arranged for us to have this tour. It was a once in a lifetime event! Walt was awesome - a genuine human being! He opened those Tower doors for us and gave us a tour that we can't stop talking about! Even though we only spent a few hours with Walt, he made us feel so comfortable and we felt like we've been friends for many years. His knowledge of the aviation world is remarkable and gave us so much information that we are applying what we learned into our film. We are so happy that Walt put his hand print on our movie and will be there forever. We are thankful for that day and thank Walt for giving us time out of his busy schedule for a group of crazy Disney filmmakers. We will never forget you Walt or that terrific day. May God Bless the Fuller family and all of those who have lost their loved ones and may the Lord lift their heavy hearts during this time of sadness. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

— Disney Animation P&L Team
September 16, 2008 at 2:21 p.m.

The Fuller Family is mine and my husband's adopted family in California. The time we spent in California was made so special because of their family. We are always thinking and praying for them at this time. It was our pleasure meeting and knowing Walt. Walt was a wonderful man and he could always put a smile on your face.

— Diana Kubena
September 16, 2008 at 3:04 p.m.

Our family has many fond memories of Walt. We met during baseball with The Sliders and have continued our friendship through the years with the mens bi-monthly poker gatherings. Walt was always the quiet one with only pleasant thoughts when he spoke of others. Our love and prayers will always be with each of you and always a phonecall away. You will forever be in our thoughts.

— The Zazzarino Family
September 16, 2008 at 4 p.m.

My son Grant is in Jenny Fuller's 5th grade class this year at Hollow Hills. I have known Jenny for the past four years when she took a liking to my little girl dubbed "The Coco Puff Girl" by Jenny. I only met Walter once, in the emergency room of all places...back in the summer of 2007. He was quite funny and very loving toward Jenny who had sliced her finger/hand preparing food! He poked fun at her to us to make the situation easier for her and he was very nice to my son Grant who was hurt in a baseball game. My heart aches for you, Jenny, and your children. I hope that you find the strength through your love of Christ and know that Walt is in a place where he can watch over you and your children just like he did that night in the E.R.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The entire Bunker Family...Shari , Tyler, Grant, Cole and Kennedy :)

— Shari Bunker
September 16, 2008 at 4:24 p.m.

I did not know Walt. I am moved by these loving posts. My deepest sympathies for your loss.

— Julia, Koln Germany
September 16, 2008 at 4:45 p.m.

Todd and I met Walt and Jenny when we moved into our new houses in 1986. We were both young couples starting our families. Jenny and I were pregnant together with our sons Casey (theirs) and Steve (ours). The boys spent lots of time in and out of each others homes until we moved in 2000. The Fuller home was a happy place for my son, as comfortable as his own. Jenny and Walt have blessed our lives as they have countless others with their smiles, their warmth and their abiding faith. I am thankful for the blessing they have been to us. I am so profoundly sorry for this loss. My heart and prayers are with you all. Love, Shari

— Shari Swanson
September 16, 2008 at 5:31 p.m.

My heart and prayers go out to the Fuller family. I met Walt and Jenny when my son played baseball with Casey many years ago. I'll always remember Walt as a really neat guy who was great to be in the stands with as we cheered on our boys. My husband and I, every time we flew in or out of Burbank, would wave out the window and say "Hi, Walt", wondering if he was in the tower. We'll continue to wave. God Bless!

— Anita Szekeres
September 16, 2008 at 5:51 p.m.

Walt and I weren't all that close. Sure we'd get together once or twice a year for family events (weddings, graduation, or holidays), but its not like we played ball together, flew together or worshipped together. Heck, Walt's a Cowboys fan and I'm a Forty-niners fan. So why is it that everytime I think about him I start to cry. At first I figured it was because Walt was gone and that the tears were of grief because he was missing, but that didn't seem right. The more I thought about it the more I realized that my emotions weren't because Walt was missing, but because a piece of me was gone. Not missing - I know exactly where it is. Walt took it with him when he went to heaven. And the tears? They're not tears of grief, but of joy. That little piece of me is experiencing just a small fraction of the wonder and majesty that Walt is now a part of. Some day we'll be reunited and Walt will return that little piece he borrowed in order to give me a small understanding of the joy and happiness that is to come. Maybe then we'll play some ball together and I can try to convince him that the Forty-niners are the better team; after all we'll have all eternity together. On second thought, even that won't be enough time.

— Mike Barker
September 16, 2008 at 6:39 p.m.

Our prayers go out to the entire family at this time.

Walt was a wonderful person and will be missed dearly.

— Susie Majesky
September 16, 2008 at 7:10 p.m.

We first met Walt through Jenny, his wife, who was Matt's 5th grade teacher. She encouraged Matt to tryout for the Sliders baseball team. It was there that we met Walt and the other amazing Slider families. We have great memories of many trips together. Walt was always smiling and joking but also had a sense of calmness which was perfect on the "sometimes" intense baseball field. Pete loved sitting and talkin to Walt about baseball and other guy things. They would often compare Jenny and I and relate to the fact that they could never get a word in edgewise. :) We will always smile when we think of Walt.
Jenny, Casey, Kristi & Kelly you are in our thoughts and prayers.

— Valarie, Pete, Matt and Molly Magill
September 16, 2008 at 8:33 p.m.

Jenny: I'm so greatful that we had a chance to be with the two of you in the last few months - like we were saying at Phil's party, we need to see each other more often because you never know when it's your time to go home. I'm looking forward to that big reunion! Jenny, love to you and yours. I hope to see you Saturday. Walt was a special person to a lot of us. He will be missed.

— Kathy Allen Alesi
September 16, 2008 at 9:41 p.m.

Jenny, I am so happy that you are finding comfort in the words that have been posted here. What beautiful sentiments have been written about Walt and your family. My respect for you and the kids is beyond words. Please know that I am here for you. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Kelly, Ryan, Kristi and Casey.

— Michelle Scharf
September 16, 2008 at 9:49 p.m.

Walt-One of the most kind, gentle, and loving person anyone could ever meet. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to work with him. He was so amazing and so full of joy. Walt would light up when he talked about his family. Walt will live forever in my heart.

— Robin Dybvik
September 16, 2008 at 9:56 p.m.

i rememeber a great peson that always had a smile for you great personalety, must of all being humble with everybody must of the drivers from the burbank airoport knew what a great person he was we will missed you

My pryers goes to the entire fuller family.

— silvia gonzalez
September 16, 2008 at 10:12 p.m.

i remember -great person nice personality,humble with everybody allways had a smile on his face all the drivers from the airport incluing my self knew what a great person he was we will missed you pryers goes to the entire fuller family

— silvia gonzalez
September 16, 2008 at 10:32 p.m.

Our hearts grieve for you, Jenny, Kelly, Kristi & Casey. What a tragedy - words cannot express! Your Walt will surely be missed! It's obvious that, even in his quiet and low key demeanor, he had a dynamic impact on everyone he encountered.

May the loving arms of our Heavenly Father hold you ever so tightly in His peace and security. May the reassurance of the love of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ keep you steadfast, and for His glory bring others hope in the life eternal that Walt is now joyfully sharing in His presence. May the Holy Spirit comfort you as only He is able. And, may the love and prayers of your family and friends help in some small way to ease the pain.

— Lynda & Robert Martel and family
September 16, 2008 at 11:05 p.m.

I was stunned and saddened to learn of Walt's death.

Although I only worked with him for a few years, more than 15 years ago, Walt made such a lasting impression on me that I immediately pictured his smiling face when I saw the list of fatalities.

As others have said, Walt was a wonderful person to work with and for. His successful career came as no surprise to those of us who knew him at the beginning.

Godspeed, Walt. I'm sorry it ended so soon for you.

— Mike McGarr
September 17, 2008 at 4:58 a.m.

What terrific memories I have of Walt as we grew up on the Ranch in Somis and how the four of us kids could laugh and have fun together with a bond that was just amazing even after we all turned 50. I'm so thankful for the hours we spent in June trapsing around on the Ranch while Bailey took pictures of the four of us as a tribute to Mom for her 75th Birthday. We giggled and laughed climbing on the tractor trying to get a picture of all of us sitting on it's hood. Oh, and trying to get four over-the-hill adults up in a tree for a picture, then laughing hysterically as we each tried to figure out how we were going to get down! It was a step back in time to moments of our childhood as we wandered around the Ranch. I love the fact that we are all strong in our faith in Jesus Christ and that He is our comfort. I am thankful for our life on the Ranch, for it's memories, and for Mom and Dad whose own faith has been our example.

The Ranch will never be the same without Walt. We will see him in everything and in every place that we go out there. Though there are only three of us our hearts there will always be four: Walt, Annette, Vanessa, and Tom.

— Annette (Fuller) Spandrio, Walt's twin sister
September 17, 2008 at 5:41 a.m.

I was so shocked and saddened by the news of the accident. It brought back painful memories and emotions I have had to learn to live with. I want to thank you Jenny for comforting me when I went through this and words alone cannot express my gratitude. I wish I could help you also. I know there is nothing much to say to make it all better. Although I haven't seen Walt for quite some time, I have fond memories of him and remember what a great father and husband he was. He smile was infectious. I pray for Jenny, Kelly, Kristi, Casey, Ryan and the whole family for their loss and hope for comfort from God to help you through this time of grief. After reading all these comments it appears that you are all surrounded by love and comfort. You are all amazing people and I love and miss you all. I know Walt is in heaven with my mom and that is comforting. God bless you.

— Brenda Martins
September 17, 2008 at 9:02 a.m.

I remember Walter from my early years as an elementary school kid through high School. He was always approachable and very honest and apparently he hadn't changed. He and his family welcomed us into the local community in Somis and we shared some fun times both at his mom and dad's Ranch and somtimes they all would come over and participate in some of our Mexican traditions. I can still remember his mom learning from my mom on how to make tamales. Walt and I shared a love of airplanes - I believe we exchanged model airplanes sometine around our first year of high school. But we lost touch after we became involved with our schooling. He will be missed by all who came to know him. My condolences to his wife, family and those around Somis who will remember him.
Annette, please pass on my condolences to your mom, I know the Garnicas who still live nearby will surely remember your family.
Robert L. Garnica, classmate from Somis and Camarillo

— Robert L. Garnica
September 17, 2008 at 10:30 a.m.

I was honored and privileged to have met Walt and family at the wedding last year. I knew straight away that this was a special family with terrific leadership. I grieved when Cheryl told me the news of the tragedy. I also have found comfort in the words, both written and spoken, that I have read and heard over the past few days. I look forward to the day when I can see him again face to face and give him some high-fives for a job well done!

Rest in peace, Walt, at the feet of our Shepherd!

— Darryl Gumz
September 17, 2008 at 11:02 a.m.

We met Walt and Jenny when they joined our square dance club, the Happy Squares. They brought joy and happiness to every square they danced in and were always ready to pitch in and help. We will miss Walt and his ready smile and know that he walks with his Lord and now watches over his family. Our love, thoughts and prayers and deepest condolences go out to Jenny and their family.

— Jerry & Kerry Park
September 17, 2008 at 12:11 p.m.

We greatly admired Walt as a loving husband and father. We highly respected his servant's heart and his longstanding dedication to the cause of public safety in the airways. We also cherished him as a friend. And we miss him. It is a lovely metaphor for his life that he had such a passion for aviation, for he has reached the heavenly destination that he looked forward to -- time in eternity with Christ. As one of his family members so eloquently stated, "Last Friday Walt was ushered into the glory of God." If there is one thing that Walt would want of us who are still earthbound, it is that we do not worry or lose heart or lose hope because of his departure. Walt's passing is a cause of inexpressible grief for his family and for all of us who were his friends, but because of the Savior, his life is a beacon of inexpressible hope.

— Tim and Liza Piatt
September 17, 2008 at 12:38 p.m.

Walter and I grew up together in Somis, California and went through grade school together. He was kind, intelligent, and fun as were the rest of his family. On many days we explored the hills and canyons, rode bikes, and I specifically remember, all of us, sleeping on the living room floor listening to Christmas music...Johnny Mathis. Twenty years ago Walter and I happened upon each other while I was passing through Moorpark and I learned he was an air traffic controller. I couldn't imagine a more responsible person to be in that position. Certainly not a more sincere and dedicated person. He was among the best of human beings. Not only will his family miss him, but the world in general.

— Gordon Goodman
September 17, 2008 at 2:18 p.m.

I deeply regret that I never had the pleasure of meeting Walt in person, but in my correspondence with him at work--through the normally-impersonal channels of phone calls and emails--his personality shone through. I knew him to be a kind, reliable, friendly, and honest person... and considering that's only from limited correspondence at work, I think that says a lot about the kind of guy he was. My thoughts and prayers are with him, and his family.

— Brendon Pedro, Seattle, Washington
September 17, 2008 at 4:05 p.m.

We greatly admired Walt Fuller for his constant love and devotion to his wife and children. We respected him for his servant's heart and for his lifelong dedication to the cause of public safety in the aviation industry. We cherished him as a friend, and we miss him. It is a lovely metaphor for Walt's life that he had such a passion for flight, for he has arrived at his final and much anticipated destination -- eternity in the heavens with Christ. As one of the family members so eloquently said, "Last Friday Walt was ushered into the glory of God." If there is one thing that Walt would want from those of us who are still earthbound, it is that we do not worry or lose heart or lose hope because he has left us. His confidence was in the Lord. Walt's departure is a cause of inexpressible grief for his family and for all of us who are his friends, but because of the Savior, his life is a beacon of inexpressible hope.

— Tim and Liza Piatt
September 17, 2008 at 4:49 p.m.

I had the honor of knowing and working with Walt for the last few months. He would great me every morning with a big smile. Talk about how blessed we were to have such a great Family. He became a Friend I will never forget. I will miss our morning coffee before the work began. God be with his family that he loved so very much.

— Mark Mulder
September 17, 2008 at 7:38 p.m.

One of the things we loved about Walt was his sense of curiousity. That bright mind of his was always learning.
Our families met through baseball. We had about 10 years of games and travels. The Fuller's are a great family to travel with, every one of them a pleasure to know. When there weren't baseball games there were fishing trips and other vacations. Walt was always willing to lend a hand with whatever was needed coaching, keeping score, setting up, cleaning up. On our trip to Colorado for a tournament we rented a house for several families to share for the week. Walt started right in fixing things. I know he fixed the garbage disposal and a light and several other things. When we left he retrieved a sock hanging from the chandelier that was hanging from the ceiling on the second floor over the first floor entryway. It involved leaning off the balconey, but he got it. He did many good works. He was also great fun.
We wish peace to all of the Fuller family.

— Dean, Kathy and Ted Smoyer
September 17, 2008 at 9:51 p.m.

Dear Mrs. Fuller,

Although I have not had the pleasure of meeting your husband, Walt, this horrific accident has affected us all. Up until this Friday Sept. 12th, I have seen your smiling face on campus daily and I pray we will see your beautiful smile again. I am praying for you and your family!

With love,

— Carey Herron
September 17, 2008 at 10:43 p.m.

My heart goes out to your family as we all grieve at this awful, surreal time in our lives.
The sovereign Lord of all has a plan, even when all else crumbles.
My home will never be the same and neither will yours. We will miss our loved ones terribly, but they are rejoicing with the Lord now. I am blessed to know Bailey and my heart bleeds for her loss and that of her family. Much love-

— Kelsey Souser
September 17, 2008 at 10:46 p.m.

I will always remember Walt when he approached me in passing at work of his BIG GRIN and that he was always smiling. I only worked with him for a short while when he was at SCT but he did make an impact in my life. I am sad that he is no longer in this world. Now I know that the Angels in heaven will be separated by one of the greatest controllers of this and now of that world. Every time I hear "Burbank" I will think of Walt. My heart goes out to those who were closer to Walt. He will be missed by all of us. What a great man.

— Kari Gonter
September 18, 2008 at 6:49 a.m.

I worked with Walt in the Western-Pacific Regional Office. He had the warmest smile and was always pleasant. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Fuller family. Feeling your loss from across the country.

— Tiffani Johnson, Kansas City, MO
September 18, 2008 at 7:44 a.m.

To Walt's family, I pray for your peace in this situation and let you know, it has been an honor to know and work with Walt. He was a good man with a great heart and I know God has welcomed him home with open arms. I'll alway's remember and never forget his joyful way's, and he alway's kept a smile on his face. See you soon Walt. God Bless.

— Albert B Carrington Jr.
September 18, 2008 at 7:56 a.m.

I've known Walt for quite sometime and echo the thoughts of many regarding my memories of him. God bless his family and friends. Rest in Peace

— Jim Burgan
September 18, 2008 at 8:18 a.m.

I met Walt one time, we played softball against him and his team on Tuesday night, three night prior to him going to be with the lord. I was very touched by his story and really just wanted to say I feal like I have lost a great friend I would have known for many years in the softball world. I loved the tribute to him from the team the following week as they honored him in the first inning and also throught the entire game. I wish the family well and can only state keep your heads up. Joe Bartlett (bad hop)

— Joe Bartlett
September 18, 2008 at 8:46 a.m.

My future wife, Lori, and I became very close to Walt when we were all in the Pepperdine's Year-in-Europe program in Heidelberg, Germany. Walt was a roommate of mine. We traveled together, ate our evening meals together and played "hearts" at night when homework was done. I remember Walt buying an "antique" sewing machine and oil can, then spending several times their value to send them home to family. He was frugal with his money and saved up left-over "broetchen" (bread rolls) from breakfast every morning so he would have something to eat while traveling at Christmas time. One time he literally gave me the shirt of his back to dab the blood on my head. It was a minor injury from a pick-up football game in 30 degree weather! As we sat at dinner every night, it was always Walt who said, "Guten Appitit" after our prayer and before we ate. When I remember Walt I remember smiles and laughter and deep faith. He was a man of God from the time he became a man. Full lives and distance have separated Lori and me from Walt over the years, but he was always our friend.
Jenny, our hearts and prayers are with you. May you be comforted by the loving God, who now cradles Walt in his arms.

— Larry Cheeves
September 18, 2008 at 9:02 a.m.

I was deeply saddened when I saw Walt's name in the Ventura County Star as one of the train victims from last Friday. I had the pleasure of meeting Walt and his family by going to watch my husband play softball. I loved sitting there watching the men and talking to Walt's daughter Kelly. I could tell that they are a very close family like my own and how much they love each other. My heart goes out to Walt's entire family.

— Laura Buller
September 18, 2008 at 10:41 a.m.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Walt's family, for they who knew him best will miss him the most. Our friend was a gentle, loving person who served others with joy. He will be welcomed "further up, further in" by heaven's host.

— Keith Whitney
September 18, 2008 at 11:13 a.m.

I had the pleasure of getting to know Walt and his sister Vanessa during my year at Pepperdine. I was very sad to hear of his untimely passing. Although we lost touch when I left school, I have not forgotten the kindness and caring that he extended to everyone he met. Walt was always ready with a helping hand to anyone in need.
It is wonderful to read the notes from his friends and co-workers and to know that Walt remained that same caring person that I knew so long ago. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

— Martha (Acree) Graham
September 18, 2008 at 12:01 p.m.

Our hearts go out to you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Your faith is a tremendous inspiration and witness to many. We have always known you as a family of faith and even in your sorrow it shines. May our good Lord comfort you in the coming days and in the years to come.

— The Honda family
September 18, 2008 at 1:15 p.m.

Our families met through basaball, league ball then travel ball with the Sliders. From baseball then it was fishing and poker. One of the fond memories was fishing with Walt in Mexico when we had 3 marlin hooked up at the same time going in different directions with Walt saying "what do I do"? reel till you can reel anymore.....1-1/2 later he released his marlin. He never gave up which is way he lived life. To the father, dad, poker player, fisherman and most of all a friend, you will be missed.

— The Heuring Family
September 18, 2008 at 1:19 p.m.

I approximetely stated working with Walter Fuller about a year ago. During this time i really got to know him and not just as a boss but also as a friend. He was always in a happy mood greeting me everyday. I will really miss the conversions that we had about the los angeles dodgers and the dallas cowboys and of course his softball game that he had every monday. rest in peace mr. fuller you will always be remembered and never forgotten.

September 18, 2008 at 2:11 p.m.

While we both attended the ATO Summit in Wash. DC just last month our rooms were on the same floor at the hotel. Each morning we laughed as we both exited our rooms and entered the elevator at the exact same time. We both prefered to start our days early. He was a fine person and will be greatly missed; our sympathy to his family.

— RT Martin
September 18, 2008 at 3:55 p.m.

Our hearts go out to your family for your loss. Our prayers are with you all!
Kathy, Leanna, Megan and Lee Smith

— Kathy Smith
September 18, 2008 at 5:16 p.m.

Walt was one of the most sincere and dedicated people I've ever worked with in the FAA. Walt always gave his best and treated people with love and respect. Prayers for his family, Walt you will be missed, yet remembered as a Godly Man.

Rich Gutterud

— Rich Gutterud
September 18, 2008 at 5:33 p.m.

Fuller Family: Pepperdine memories abound: Acappella, choir tour, Heidelberg, trains, the Mensa, chapel, devotionals! Walt singing at Chris' memorial service recently--a blessing to me. They are watching over us all now! Love, Claudia

— Claudia Sangster, friend, classmate
September 18, 2008 at 5:40 p.m.

I have known Walt since 1998, he was a Supervisor when I got to Burbank, we got to know each other better when we got a new boss in 1999, DD, (Diane Mangels) the three of us would go out to lunch from time and just talk about life.... it was there that he would grin and say to DD & I... "ok, go ahead ask", (because he knew we were very curious and we wanted to know everything, and he was very private) so we would, we would ask him many questions, about his wife, kids and home life. And he would was at these lunches that we learned about his love for his faith and his family. At these lunches we laughed and giggled like old pals. I also remember that during those early years, any B-BQ's we had at Burbank, we would have Walt do the grilling. Then Walt left to pursue other endeavors, Camarillo, the RO and then SCT, he would come and have lunch with DD and I and we would sit at Sharky's for hours just catching up.
Ah, yes, those were the good times. Fond memories that will never be forgotten...
I know one of the highlights in his life was the wedding of his daughter Kristie.... he beamed with such joy, pride and adoration. Burbank personnel is deeply saddened and just stunned. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jennie, Kelly, Kristie, Ryan & Casey and the entire Fuller Family.

— Rose, Burbank Tower
September 18, 2008 at 6:02 p.m.

I didn't know Mr. Fuller but his wonderful daughter, Kelly Loftis, is my teacher. She is a great person and we miss her dearly this week. In reading these posts about her father, I see so many qualities of Mr. Fuller in his daughter. She makes us laugh and she is full of life even as she teaches math.

And now that Mr. Fuller is in the most wonderful place of all with his Lord, my heart goes out to his whole family, especially Mrs. Loftis, and my prayers are with you all.

— Shelby Lofton
September 18, 2008 at 8:40 p.m.

It's obvious by reading these tributes to Walt that he was a man of consistency - so many mention his faith, his love of family, his respect of people, his joy in life and his smile. I remember him as a kind and gentle boy, growing to be a man, at Pepperdine. But, with all of those mature traits beyond his years. My prayers are with Jenny and their kids and Walt's siblings as they learn to live without seeing that radiant smile everyday.

— LuNell Gilliland
September 18, 2008 at 10:13 p.m.

I had the honor of playing softball with Walt every Monday night for the last few years. He always had a smile on his face and was quietly a competitive player. Walt was the most gentle, kind and gracious man that I have known! I would alway's walk past him on my way to the outfield and say "gooday Walt" like in Crocadile Dundee. He would alway's laugh and smile. Walt is with Jesus now and I pray for his wonderful family as they are dealing with such a great loss. There is such peace knowing that when a loved one know's Jesus Christ as their savior, as Walt did, that we can truly celebrate his life, instead of focusing on the sting of death. It is going to be difficult not being able to see Walt on Monday nights but, he is now pitching for Jesus and his angels in Heaven :)You will be missed my friend!!!

— Chuck Wilder
September 19, 2008 at 2:03 a.m.

Sending you best wishes of peace and comfort during this difficult time. May you find comfort in the memories and love you share with your family and friends now and always. We are all praying for you, that you will find strength within each other to pull through such a trying time. May the Lord ease your heavy hearts and help you find joy in your treasured family. We are praying for you! All our love, the Wyckhuyse Girls and Families.

— Krystal Farfan- Wyckhuyse Family
September 19, 2008 at 7:09 a.m.

i know exactly how you feel, my father had passed in that accident, i will pray for him and the whole family. HUGS

— Mey Chao
September 19, 2008 at 9:29 a.m.

Walt was my hero. Forever

— Tom Fuller (Brother)
September 19, 2008 at 9:56 a.m.

To The Fuller Family,

Please accept my sincerest condolences on the loss of Walt Fuller your beloved son, husband, father, brother and grandpa. I had known Walt for almost eight years, through the FAA. Walt, as an Air Traffic Manager, had to 'endure' my National Weather Service (NWS) inspections. He was a good sport and the inspections were always 'fun'. Walt was top notch, always prepared, very meticulous and organized, and was clearly a dedicated hard worker. Walt was very passionate about his career in aviation and it was clear to me that his number one priority at his towers, was the safety of the flying public and he often worked overtime to ensure and fulfill the FAA's mission. Walt, to me, was a genuine and authentic leader; he was not someone who was just 'in management'. Walt was a leader that people wanted to follow and that is the difference. I stood right behind him and supported him throughout the years. He conducted his life with integrity and I clearly saw that through his work and his extreme admiration for his beautiful family. He always spoke so highly of Jenny, his wife and was really proud of her and her accomplishments, as well as his adult children. In his office, you could see his family photos all over his desk, he had the photos there to remind him how lucky he was to have such a supportive and wonderful family; he felt blessed. Walt Fuller always took the high road when life threw him challenges, and life did, as it does with all of us. The difference is in the intentions and the actions and Walt always wanted to 'do the right thing' and in my book, he did. I saw Walt for the last time on Tuesday, September 9th, during the annual NWS inspection. We had a great time visiting and talking about what he was going to do when he retired in a year. Walt always received nothing less than an 'excellent' rating as a result of the NWS inspections.
I lost my mother at the age of 54 a few years ago and this poem brought comfort to me during my time of grieving and it still does, the pain of the loss of a loved one will always be part of our lives.

I'm Free

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free.
I'm following the path God has laid you see.
I took His hand when I heard Him call.
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found that peace at the close of the day.

If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joys.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Oh yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief.
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and peace to thee.
God wanted me now; He set me free!

— Dessa Emch, National Weather Service
September 19, 2008 at 10:50 a.m.


September 19, 2008 at 6:02 p.m.

I attended Pepperdine with Walt and Jenny. He is a person that I always enjoyed seeing. His smile, his love for others, his faith and his youth like excitement attracted us to him. The fact that we were both pilots added even another dimension to our relationship. I have fond memories of calling Walt's name over the radio as I flew into Burbank's controlled airspace. Words cannot convey how much we will miss Walt, but I am confident that at least one angel emerge for that train on Friday and flew gracefully home.

— Byron Isaac
September 19, 2008 at 6:09 p.m.

I did not know Walt personally. I met him once long ago, at Tom and Jacque Fuller's wedding. Tom is married to my cousin. If Walt is anything like his brother Tom, and I know he is, Walt is truly a blessed man. The Fuller Family has been tested this week with Walt's passing and other family members being caught up in the turmoil that was hurricane Ike, and on-going health problems. If there is one family that does not deserve all of this, it is definately the Fuller's. I know that they appreciate all of the prayers and praise for Walt, and I also know that their conviction in Christ will help them conquer this difficult time. Tom, Jacque and the Fuller Family our prayers are with you and we wish we were there to give you all a big hug.

Marc and Michelle

— The Nunes Family, ATL GA
September 19, 2008 at 7:32 p.m.

We have such sweet memories of Walt and Jenny from our years together at Pepperdine, Accapella Tours and Alumni Reunions.Steve remembers meeting The Fuller Twins at Ventura County Youth Meetings through the Church of Christ. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers and may God provide the peace that passes understanding. Walt, save a place for us in Heavens Choir.

— Steve and Pam Colvard
September 19, 2008 at 8:45 p.m.

I know Kelly from Pepperdine. Randy and I are praying for all of you. A church in Belvidere, IL, also has you on their prayer list. I'm sure there are thousands who remember you to God daily, hourly.

I pray that God will give you exactly what you need as you grieve; that any comments from people that aren't actually helpful to you will be taken for the help that is intended; that you'll find the courage to keep breathing and keep going and keep getting up in the mornings; that you'll have friends right by your side loving you every step of the way. Praying for you right now that you'll be blessed by the funeral tomorrow. Just praying and praying and praying...

— Kari C.
September 19, 2008 at 9:45 p.m.

You can shed tears that he is gone,
Or you can smile because he lived,
You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back,
Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left.

Your heart can be empty because you can't see him
Or you can be full of the love that you shared,
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember him and only that he is gone
Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on,
You can cry and close your mind; be empty and turn your back,
Or you can do what he would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
----Unknown author----

— Sorry for your loss
September 19, 2008 at 10:03 p.m.

You will Be Missed Walt...and to the family...i can only tell you that God is in Control...and he'll give you the peace and love that you need now...God Bless You!

— Alex L.
September 20, 2008 at 12:02 p.m.

I did not know Walt or his loving family, but I am a sister in Christ. May the God of all comfort, comfort you now and always and may you know that the body of Christ is carrying you in prayer.

..."when we all get to heaven what a day of rejoicing it will be"

— Tracy
September 21, 2008 at 9:11 p.m.

OK I will try to post again, wish you were here with me Casey helping me with it and your chin resting on top of my head! (Oh I love that kid)
Finding the strength to get through this has not been on our own merit, it has only been through our Lord and Savior. I knew He would carry us through and give us the strength, but I had NO idea to what extent. God has far exceeded any expectation that I had of Him carrying this family through this trial. Our God is all sufficient and He has revealed Himself to me this week like no other. We have a purpose here on earth and that is to share that "Salvation is Real". The man at 7-eleven said he could not enter into the temple that he goes to unless he has "peace of mind." My Savior is the Prince of Peace, the Creator of that Peace, and the giver of Peace. Walt knew this Savior, lived his life as an example of serving that Savior, and that is why we can find peace, joy, and even laughter, while accepting that God, our Creator, is in control. May Jesus Christ continue to receive all the Glory that He is due to to Walt's obedience.

— Jacque Fuller
September 22, 2008 at 11:06 a.m.

uncle walt was one of the greatst role models in my life. i will miss his smile, joy, and laughter so much. i am so thankful for every memory we have together. i pray that i can bring as much glory to God's name as uncle walt did. i am so proud to be his niece.
i love you ff.

— kk
September 23, 2008 at 3:12 p.m.

We were so sad to hear of your loss. Kelly attended Pepperdine with our daughter Brittany and we have even had Kelly in our home while traveling with One By One. Although we never had the pleasure of meeting Walt, we can tell by the enormous outpouring of love and support found here and by knowing Kelly, that he was a man of God. May you find comfort in the love that surrounds you and the promise that we will all be together again.

— Debbie, Steve & Brittany Kay
September 23, 2008 at 4:40 p.m.

Over the last two weeks I have tried to think of how to describe Walt. I keep coming back to a single word, gentleman. Walt was a gentleman. As a gentleman he was a great individual to work with at the FAA and I will miss working with him.

— Kent
September 24, 2008 at 11 a.m.

Though i never got the chance to meet Walter i do give my Condolences to the entire Fuller family. i know Walter must have been an amazing person cuz i had the pleasure to know and work with his wonderful son Casey. He raised Casey right. looking at Walter's photo i see where Casey gets that smile that could light up a room. I also know he must have been an amazing person from all the love shown here I'm sorry to hear the loss of your loved one.

— Sarah Bradbury(acquaintance of Casey Fuller)
September 25, 2008 at 12:49 p.m.

He was a man I greatly respected. No matter what the occasion he always held himself with dignity. He was our pitcher on our church softball team, and I will always have the fondest memories of him playing those games along side his son and stepson.

— Benton McGrath
September 25, 2008 at 11:14 p.m.


I am home in Heaven, dear ones
Oh so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.
All the pain and grief are over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in Heaven at last.
You must not grieve so sorely
For I love you dearly still;
Try to look beyond earth's shadows,
Pray to trust our Father's will.
There is work still waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand;
Do it now, while life remaineth,
You shall rest in Jesus' land.
When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you Home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!

Thank you, Walt, for always helping me, for the long hours, for your incredible knew the .65 better than anyone else!!

I'll remember most our lunches with great was time passed in pleasure, peace and contentment with each other and our Rosebud and sometimes with our Barry-bear, and our Markus...thank you for those memories..they will stay with me always.

My heart goes out to the Fuller prayers are with you.

— Diane Mangels, BUR ATM - Retired
September 27, 2008 at 5:07 p.m.

Though we all may have lost someone who is a big part of our lives and our hearts and we are not able to replace or fill that emptyness that our love ones have taken with them when they left this world. but i hope that maybe we all can come together and allow each other to come into each others lives since i know that we all share the same pain. when my father passed in that metrolink 2008 crash my life has not been the same and its been very difficult, my father left behind his wife and 5 children and so many grand children, and we all miss and love him so much but talkin about him with my family and remembering all the good times we had with him helps us with our pain of losing him. so i just would like to let you all know i am here if you need to talk or just someone to listen to you. my email is

my hearts and prayers go out to you.

— mey chao
October 1, 2008 at 9:42 a.m.

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family as you deal with the tragic loss of Walter. We also lost our son Christopher in the accident and know how difficult each day can be. May those wonderful memories sustain you through this difficult time.

— Donna & Roy Aiken
October 4, 2008 at 1:44 p.m.

Although it has been a few years since I have seen Walt and his family, I was definitely blessed to have known him. One of the best times I remember was celebrating his and Annette's 50th birthday at the Ranch with a Square-dancing hoedown! I am still shocked that all this has happened but at the same time, I know that this family has a faith in God and a bond together that many families only wish they had. As I said before, it is a huge blessing to have known Walt and his family and they are an example of what I hope my family one day will become. To Jenny, Kelly & Ryan, Kristi, Casey, Larry & Ginny, Jerry & Annette, Mark & Vanessa, and Tom & have all been in my prayers and you will continue to be. Although its been awhile, I still love your family very much and pray God showers you with blessings through this tough time and comforts you as only He can.

— April (Winebarger) Yoder
October 7, 2008 at 10:57 p.m.

I have allot of fond memories of Walt and the Fullers growing up in California. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Fuller Family. I am so sorry for your loss.

Mark Dillier

— Mark Dillier
November 9, 2008 at 9:08 p.m.

We will always miss you. Three pats mean I love you.

— mother
December 6, 2008 at 9:07 p.m.

54 years was not nearly enough to share with you. You were such a blessing to us always. Love Dad

— larry fuller (father)
December 6, 2008 at 9:12 p.m.

I was stunned when I heard today about Walter today. My earliest memories in my life is being at the ranch with a family that seems more like my relatives than many of my own relatives. I remember Walter's gentle, even keel nature. He allowed me to call him Wally after I watched Beaver episodes. I will always have fond memories of him and his extended family.

— Kevin Cummings (family friend)
February 8, 2009 at 7:41 p.m.

walt was a very good man he always helped others he used to go body surfing with me at carpenteria beach we played games and i got really close to him the last time i saw him was at carpenteria one of mine and his favorite places
i miss you walt

— alicia
April 25, 2009 at 7:12 p.m.

Jenny, we only heard 3 weeks ago about Walt's death! Mark Shipp told Jerry when he was visiting. News travels slowly to Portland, Oregon, I guess. We were so shocked.

It has now been 10 months - and we hope your family is doing all right. What a terrible tragedy. We will always remember the fun times we had with you two, and Walt's great smile. We pray that God will continue to watch over you and provide all your needs.

— Jerry & Gina Shipp
July 10, 2009 at 10:38 p.m.

I am so sorry for your family's loss. I am so sorry, and please forgive me, for not reaching out to you and your family sooner. I honestly didn't know what I could say to you. When my husband and I heard the tragic news, we broke down in tears and prayed right away. We were at Cornerstone when Pastor Chan spoke about Walt. He talked about how he had come over to your house to pray with you and comfort you. Praise God, Walt is in Heaven. I met you and Walt during the Ensenada Imagine Trip 2007. My husband Dirk was the leader of our group. Remember all the tar from being on Pastor Santana's roof?... The Lord must have lead me to this page in the LA times online because I never read the LA Times voluntarily. And I can only imagine what this past year since the accident has been like for you. I pray God continues to be your every need and comfort. God bless you and your family.

— Marylou Fulton
September 10, 2009 at 6:57 p.m.

Still thinking about you and still missing you<3 You were the best second dad anyone could ask for. Sorry I got mad at you for spelling my name wrong when I was little. It is a blessing to get to be a part of your family. I love having so many older brothers and sisters to look up to and especially an amazing second mom who is always there for me no matter what. At every dance recital, every graduation or every college visitation with my own parents<3 I miss you so much and am so grateful that i got to be apart of your life. I will never forget you good ol mr wat<3

— Stacey Johnson
September 12, 2010 at 11:38 p.m.

Walt was like a second father to me when I was growing up. I'm grateful to have had someone like him to look up to as a child. I am glad to have been part of his life. He is the kind of man that I strive to become.

— Billy Chase
May 14, 2011 at 2:33 a.m.

It' Been 5 Years And I Still Miss Walt So Very much. he Would Really Love his grandson And WouldBe So Proud Of His Family.

— Vanessa pagenkopf
September 12, 2013 at 8:42 p.m.

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  • The Times initially mispelled the name of Michael Hammersley and Beverly Mosley.
  • The coroner's office reported a 26th victim the afternoon of Sept. 15, but a few hours later said the tally was 25.

Chatsworth Metrolink Crash is the Los Angeles Times' database of fatalities from the Sept. 12, 2008, train collision.

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135 injured

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