Delwin D. Fullen

August 23, 1947 ~ December 26, 2020 (age 73)


Prominent Houston attorney and philanthropist, Delwin D. Fullen, known to friends as "Del,” transitioned on December 26, 2020, age 73, at his home in Houston, Texas, after a brave battle with Parkinson’s.

A proud native of Houston, Del completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Houston, graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from South Texas College of Law, and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1973.

In 1973, he began his legal/real estate career as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of a large real estate syndication firm and transitioned into the title industry in 1975. For the next several years he closed residential and commercial transactions and rose to the level of President of First American Title Company.  Del’s office was known as the V.I.P. Suite due to his reputation of personally handling and managing client closings. He ended his career with Charter Title and handled over 21,000 transactions during his career.

Del was the Editor of the highly successful Houston Real Estate Journal, the largest real estate newspaper in the southwestern United States.  He was a featured speaker at various real estate and financial seminars, and published articles and books on various aspects of real estate law and real estate closings. 

Del loved to travel.  He and Thom traveled extensively around the world with New York, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Mexico being favorite and frequent destinations.  Both avid boaters, they could often be found cruising Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico on their yacht, La Bella Vita.

Del served on the boards of numerous organizations including: The Sunshine Kids, Theater Under the Stars, Miss Camp America Houston, Pet Patrol Houston, the choral group Conspirare, and other charitable organizations.

He is survived by his partner of 42 years, Dr. Thomas (Thom) Méndez, his cousin, Wanda Redig and husband Don, sister-n-law Laura Méndez and partner Mona Hawk, niece Gabriel Young, special friends Michelle Medina, Nancy Johnson and husband Neal.  Also missing Del are his constant and loyal companions Honey and Sadie, and many friends.

A special thank you to Del’s constant caregivers: Julian Camacho, Eli McKee, Banan Qusim, Andres Sandoval, and Edwin Sandoval.  Their dedication, compassion, and patience was exceptional and greatly appreciated.

Del is preceded in death by his parents, Dillon and Jewel Fullen, and his aunt Gladys Atteberry.

A public memorial will be held at a later date due to COVID restrictions. To view the livestream for the private memorial, please click here:

In lieu of flowers, please donate in Del’s name to Pet Patrol Houston (, Houston PetSet (, Citizens for Animal Protection (, or any charitable organization of your choice.


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