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Stephen Joyner was an All-Conference end for the Hornet Football teams of 1963 and 1964. He was a 1st team Junior College All-American selection as a sophomore, and led the Hornets to the Eastern Conference Championship. Joyner was further honored as the recipient of the Arthur L. Nunn Memorial Award presented to the “Most Inspirational Athlete” of the 1964-65 year. Joyner’s selection of this award was based on his inspirational leadership qualities, his athletic success, and his academic success. He was also selected as one of 25 top Fullerton College campus “Men of Distinction” in 1964.
Joyner transferred to San Diego State for his upper-division work, and continued his football career with two outstanding seasons as an Aztec. Following graduation, Stephen enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, and was commissioned as an officer on October 24, 1966. While serving his country as a combat officer, Lt. Stephen Joyner was killed in action on June 15, 1968.
A scholarship fund was set up in the spring of 1969 to honor Lt. Stephen Joyner’s outstanding service to his country, his community, and to Fullerton College.