A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 4th at 11:00 AM at the chapel at Cherry Hills Community Church, 3900 Grace Boulevard Highlands Ranch, CO 80126. Her ashes will be interred in their Memorial Garden.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to BFitBWell: A Cancer Exercise Program, cufund.org/cancerexercise.

Patrice Lorraine Fulton Stark

In Loving Memory
Born:
October 15, 1947
Passed Away:
July 19, 2016
Memorial Service

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 4th at 11:00 AM at the chapel at Cherry Hills Community Church, 3900 Grace Boulevard Highlands Ranch, CO 80126. Her ashes will be interred in their Memorial Garden.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to BFitBWell: A Cancer Exercise Program, cufund.org/cancerexercise.

Patrice Lorraine Fulton Stark of Lone Tree, CO was born in Los Angeles, CA on October 15, 1947 to Margaret Lydia (Blades) Fulton and Max Hendrickson Fulton. She died on July 19, 2016 in Denver, CO.
In the 68-plus years of her life, Pat (as she was known by friends and family) charmed all who were around her with her infectious smile and her caring personality. Both were well practiced as she split her time between the pep squad of Western High School, her first job at Disneyland (as Snow White) and surfing along the beautiful southern California coast.
Pat attended the University of California Los Angeles, where she made lifelong friends. After an interruption in her education, Pat completed her Bachelor’s degree, then a Master’s degree at Cal State San Bernardino. She relocated to Colorado (a move partly inspired by the music of John Denver) in 1976. She was one of the first three women accepted into the PhD program in Marketing at the University of Colorado. Her education was again interrupted when, in 1978, her doctor diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. This was the first of five cancers she survived in her lifetime.
Pat met Paul Dean Stark while teaching graduate-level Business Marketing at the University of Denver. They married in 1981 and welcomed their son Price Fulton Stark on August 5, 1982. Pat left her teaching career to care for her son, but not before being voted the teacher of the year by her students.
Pat once enlisted her younger siblings to build a 6-foot paper mache rabbit, complete with a tailored vest. This quirky and wonderful project was completed overnight as a surprise for their parents on Easter morning. They named the rabbit, appropriately Harvey. This creativity informed Pat as she raised her son. She channeled this energy by appearing at his grade school as ‘Professor Frizzle,’ leading his Cub Scout troop and supporting him through Boy Scouts, making Halloween costumes year after year, and teaching him the finer things in life, such as the love for animals.
Later in life, Pat returned to her artwork, forming a group of painters she dubbed the ‘Lone Tree Art Guild.’ She produced a number of paintings and drawings in the last six years of her life.
Pat loved genealogy and was considered one of the foremost genealogists on the Fulton surname. She organized several Fulton reunions, including one in Fulton, MO and one in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In the last four years, she had been gathering her thoughts into a yet-unpublished book.
Pat made friends wherever she went, from her erstwhile neighborhood in Niwot to the Community/Police Partnership in Lone Tree, from the golf course to Silver Sneakers. And Pat surfed one last time, on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, HI with her husband, son, and daughter-in-law last October.
We would be remiss to not mention her great love for her husband of 34 ½ years. Pat was devoted to her husband, Paul, and loved just having him by her side, from their morning coffee to their Friday afternoon movies, their Sunday morning chapel service at Cherry Hills Community Church to their computing time in the ‘computer corral.’ Paul continued to stay at Pat’s side through her recent three and a half months of illness, trying to mend a heart damaged by radiation therapy in 1978.
Pat left an indelible mark on the lives of those she touched, from friends to students to family to her healthcare team. Her smile, her wit, her talent, and her genuinely sweet personality will be greatly missed.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband, Paul Stark of Lone Tree, CO, her son, Price Stark, and daughter-in-law Rebecca (DeHoff) Stark, both of Aurora, CO, her sister, Michelle Fulton of Meadow Valley, CA, friends all around the world, her kitty, Jasmine, and her granddog, Harrison Ford Stark.

 

13 Responses to Patrice Lorraine Fulton Stark

  1. Barbara Lyons says:

    Someone so loved and full of life. Patrice is an inspiration to live to the fullest. May the love that she has shared continue to grow, and may her family and friends be comforted by the memories of such a bright spark.

  2. Carolyn Johnson says:

    Paul, I’m so very sorry to hear about Pat. I’m your neighbor, across the street, with the golden retriever, Kaci. Pat used to bring Harrison over to play with Kaci in my backyard. I’ll miss her bright smile, bright orange coat and many stories she told me as the dogs played. She will be missed.

  3. Angelika Schroeder says:

    I am so saddened to read of Pat’s death. We were doctoral students together at CU and we shared her first bout of cancer. And we shared so many laughs. My condolences to Paul and Price.

    • Rebecca Stark says:

      Thank you, Angelika. I shared your condolences with both Paul and Price. We hope you can join us for her service! We’d love to hear any stories you’d like to share.

  4. Phillip E Stark says:

    She will be missed.

  5. Byron and Rita Roderick says:

    Whether a short encounter or a lifetime friend, you have a vivid memory of a lady full of enthusiasm, joy, intellect, creativity and wonder. She made you feel personally connected with her love and caring spirit. Family and friends will certainly miss Pat Stark.

  6. Igor Olenicoff says:

    Pat came into my life some 40 years ago and was a dear friend, to me and all people who knew her here in the Los Angeles area. When my wife and I decided to get married in one week, Pat did miracles and arrange the entire wedding , for over 200 guests , from a band and hall to champagne and dinner , which blew us away! One thing she was … a true friend. She will be sorely missed —- Hugs Pat !!

    • Michelle Fulton says:

      I was in that wedding Igor! Apparently being the little sister of the wedding planner bought me some status. My sister was an amazing talent and a good friend. Glad you guys got to re-connect before she passed.

  7. Bev Stark says:

    Pat and I kidded about being twins since our husbands were identical twins. When they would talk between themselves, Pat and I would share about things too. She had a spirit of adventure, loved to travel, tell stories and laugh. I thank God that I have known her for 34 years and will see her in heaven.

  8. Jon Doucette says:

    Lovely tribute to your mother Price. My continued prayers for your family and appeal to your mom now for her prayers for us.

  9. Bob and Maxine Fulton says:

    This news is a terrific shock. Pat was full of life and a shining light for those who knew her As members of the Fulton clan, we will miss greatly her knowledge and her persistence in searching for those hidden roots! Loving sympathy to Paul and Price.

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