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Alvin Ray Fulkerson

12/12/1944 - 03/05/2022
Service Date: 03/12/2022
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Lehi Stake Center, 1430 N. Grand, Mesa, Arizona
Visitation Date: 03/11/2022
Visitation Time: 6:30PM - 8:00PM
Visitation Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Lehi Stake Center
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery

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Our beloved Husband, Father, and Grandfather, Alvin Ray Fulkerson, passed away on March 5, 2022 in Mesa Arizona at the age of 77. Alvin is preceded in returning to heaven by his Father and Mother, his sister Helen Ann Durfey, and his son Brian. He is survived by his wife Nicia, his remaining children, in-laws, and grandchildren.

Alvin was born in American Fork Utah on December 12, 1944 to Alvin Monroe Fulkerson and Helen Ellison. Alvin, also known as “Butch” by his friends and family, was the second of Alvin and Helen’s four children.

Butch graduated from American Fork High School in 1963 before going on to serve for a short time in the National Guard. He served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Southern States Mission. Following his mission, Alvin attended, and graduated from, Brigham Young University with a degree in Chemistry and a minor in Pre-Med.

At the age of 24 Alvin fell in love with Nicia Beer. The two were married in the Salt Lake City temple on May 16, 1969. The couple has five children together who were the pride and joy of his life: Jeff Fulkerson, Brian Fulkerson, Holly (Brian) Ricks, Stacy (Chad) Ellingson, and Lisa Allen. They are also the proud grandparents of twelve grandchildren: Zach (Carly), Tyler, Emma, Carson, Avery, Kate, Poppy, Tatum, Macy, Mack, Goldie, and Ozzy.

Following his graduation from BYU, Alvin continued his education at St. Louis University where he finished medical school, and completed his residency at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio Texas. During this time, he continued to serve in the military, living with his family and serving in both Augsburg Germany and Fort Huachuca Arizona. In 1984, Alvin and Nicia brought their family in Mesa Arizona, where he bought his Medical Practice. They have resided in Mesa for the last thirty-six years. Alvin put his medical degree to use as a Dermatologist where he treated and was beloved by numerous patients for almost three decades.

Alvin was a devout and active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and served the members of the church in various capacities throughout his life. Alvin placed service, his love for his family, and his love for the Lord as the essential foundations in his life. In addition to his mission, Alvin also served as a Bishop, a Counselor for two Stake Presidencies, and as the President of the Mesa Arizona Lehi Stake for nearly a decade. Following his release, Alvin and Nicia were blessed to serve together in the Mesa Arizona temple for over three years.

Alvin loved the Lord, his family, his Country and the BYU Cougars. He was a kind, loving, humble man who strove to make everyone around him feel special and who devoted his life to serving others. He was a beacon for all that is good and has touched the lives of countless individuals. While his passing has greatly impacted the lives of his loved ones, our hearts are full with the remembrance of his legacy and the love that we share for him. We are forever grateful for the knowledge that we will see him again and that families are forever. We love you Papa!

Funeral Services will be held on March 12, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the Lehi Stake Center in Mesa Arizona. The Stake Center is located at: 1430 N Grand; Mesa, AZ 85201. The viewing is also at Lehi Stake Center from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2022.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting a donation to: “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Perpetual Education Fund.”

Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • Carl & Lisa Durfey

    Our deepest love and condolences to Nicia and the family! Uncle Butch will truly be missed!! We love you and you are all in our thoughts and prayers!!

  • Chuck and Gail McClure

    We were so sorry to hear of his passing. He was such a great mentor.

  • Rolland Shill

    I truly loved this kind man.

  • Carma Lee Ellingson

    Brother Fulkerson took care of our family and served in the Temple when I did. He always had a quiet, kind smile. He was a good man!

  • When I think of Uncle Butch I remember how kind and welcoming he and Aunt Nicia have always been. When I had the pleasure of being in your presence I soaked up every minute of it because you always made me feel so special. Uncle Butch’s smile is engraved in my memory. He has the kindest smile. I am sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you all during this difficult time. I know Mom, Dad and Mario were a big part of his welcome home party. I love all of you.

  • Dave & Carole Billings

    We loved President Fulkerson in so many of his roles…. in the church and as our doc and as our friend. We love you too Nicia!!

  • Dale & Naoma shumway

    We loved Dr Fulkerson

  • Leon and Marilyn Button

    We have been truly blessed to know and learn from President Fulkerson and his dear eternal companion Nicia. Their service was always accompanied by a warm smile and lots of love. Their posterity and friends will miss him greatly until we meet again.

  • Eldon Randy Hareding

    I grew up with Butch and his brother Bobby in American Fork, Utah. Our back yards joined at the short barbed wire fence – but that never kept us apart. He was a couple of years older that I but I loved playing with Butch and Bobby for years on the back yards and trees! He was always a great mentor and example for me. We both ended up in Mesa, AZ. I went to him when he was a dermatologist and saw him at the Temple often. Love him and his family! I had a prompting that I should find him again in mid January of this year but fell short and did not see him or hear of his memorial service in time. Sad, Sad… Nicia, contact me if you read this as I would like to talk. We will see him again when we go home to…

  • Sharon Rackman

    Gary and I send our condolences! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! Our special cousin Butch was such a sweet man! May God bless you Nicia and may his memory bring peace!🙏🏻

  • Sharon Rackman

    Gary and I wish to express our condolences at the passiing. of our dear cousin Butch! Such a sweet man! We love him! God bless you Niicia and family! May you find peace in his memory.

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