Boxing Legend Gene Fullmer Remembered for Iron Fists, Kind Heart

Former middleweight champ and Hall of Famer laid to rest not far from where his career began.

By Jay Drew – The Salt Lake Tribune

Boxing Legend Gene Fullmer Remembered for Iron Fists, Kind Heart

(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) Pall bearers DeLaun Fullmer, Bart Fullmer, Mike Winters, Rick Newlun, Kasey Winters, Zachary Fullmer, Quinn Newlun and Brett Davey carry the casket of Gene Fullmer following funeral services at the Mountain View Stake in West Jordan, Utah Monday, May 4, 2015.

West Jordan • The weathered, bronze bell from the makeshift gym where Lawrence Gene Fullmer first learned the sweet science of boxing was struck 10 times by nephew Cody Fullmer on Monday afternoon, and with that one of the state’s most beloved sports heroes was laid to rest not far from the ring where Marv Jenson turned the self-described “scrawny Utah farmboy” into the world middleweight boxing champion.

“His fists were hard as iron, but his heart was soft and kind,” it was said as dozens of family members gave their final goodbyes.

A U.S. flag, which draped the casket for the Korean War veteran’s burial, was presented to his wife of 31 years, Karen Davey Fullmer, at the South Jordan City Cemetery after military rites were administered by members of the Disabled American Veterans.

 

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