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Remembering Hardin Fultcher III AKA “Boo”

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POSTED October 4, 2012 5:39 p.m.

Hardin Fultcher III was born on November 23, 1965 to proud parents Hardin Fultcher, Jr. and Barbara Villadores-Fultcher.

During his toddler years, San Joaquin General Hospital was his home away from home as he battled cancer. He soldiered on through faith and determination. Hardin learned early in life to guard his mind, not letting his prognosis determine his destiny. Moving forward in life, his heritage and belief in God gave him the ongoing desire to grow as a person. He lived his later years with stage 5 cancer until the end of his journey on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, Labor Day.

Growing up on the south side of Stockton, Hardin chose to emulate the many positive role models that he was around as a child. He especially admired his grandmother, the late Maybelle Greene-Fulthcher, for her wisdom and spiritual maturity, and his grandfather, the late Eddie Mauro Villadores, a migrant who worked in and around the fields of San Joaquin County. He always waited with anticipation as he gazed out of his hospital window waiting for his “Papa Eddie” to bring grapes or cherries from the nearby fields. His mother and father, who have been in business since the late 1960s in Stockton, were a key component in cultivating his keen business mindset as an entrepreneur.

Hardin was an alumnus of Saint Mary’s High School, Class of 1984. He was also a successful businessman: CEO of Stone Garden Vineyard Winery, World Page Wireless, MC Construction, and MC Entertainment. For the past 30 years, he promoted area concerts, including managing members of the DeBarge Family. He was a founding member of the non-profit S.T.A.N.D. (Stocktonians Taking Action to Neutralize Drugs), and was an avid supporter of youth programs. Throughout his journey, he touched many lives and made a positive difference in the community.

His unselfish gestures and compassion for others were truly motivating factors for his success. He brought people together in life and death. There were more than 1,000 members of the community who came to the Bob Hope Theatre in Stockton to celebrate this extraordinary man that was significant in the lives of so many.

I’ve always admired Hardin Fultcher III for his perseverance and optimistic outlook on life. Despite being diagnosed with stage 5 cancer at a young age, Hardin realized that he was destined for greatness. Where most people would have given up on life in the face of such a serious health condition, Hardin chose to utilize his multiple talents and business expertise to change lives.

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