Fred R. Fuller, a 40-year resident of Marina del Rey who was a former longtime teacher and Culver City High School football coach, passed away peacefully June 2. He was 76.

Born in Los Angeles on Sept. 19, 1935, Fuller was among the first graduating class of Culver City High School and served as senior class president in 1953.

A star athlete in both track and football, Fuller received an athletic scholarship from the University of Redlands where he continued to excel in track, particularly the high hurdles.

He received his bachelor of arts degree in education from Redlands in 1957 and his master of arts degree from California State University-Northridge. Fuller continued his advanced studies in science at both the Colorado School of Mines and the University of California at Berkeley in successive summer school fellowships.

After graduate school, he returned to Culver City and taught science at the junior high school, where he started the freshman football program. A few years later, he moved to the high school and subsequently took over the varsity football coaching position. He led the Culver City Centaurs to a championship season in 1978 and was named Coach of the Year.

His retirement was centered on traveling the world with Cris, his wife of 36 years; fly fishing in Montana numerous summers; hiking with his golden retriever, Charlie; and reading. Fuller was proficient in many areas that included woodworking, building model ships and planes, and creating a website on fly fishing.

Friends say he will be remembered for his playful sense of humor and sharp wit, skill in his beloved fly fishing, love of gardening as well as the many lives he shaped through his 43 years of teaching and coaching.

In addition to his loving wife, Cris, Fuller is survived by his sister, Ruth; sons Kenneth and Dennis; daughters Susan and Sandra, five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.