Don Mullin, 85, of Creston died Thursday, October 3, at Greater Regional Hospice Home, Creston, Iowa. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Creston. Father Kenneth Halbur, Jr. will officiate. Interment will be at the Calvary Cemetery in Creston. There will be no public viewing. Family will receive friends from 5:30 - 7:00 P.M. Monday evening at Pearson Family Funeral Service, 809 W. Montgomery St., Creston. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 7:00 P.M. followed by a time of sharing. Memorials may be directed to Greater Regional Hospice Home; Creston Public Library; Southern Prairie YMCA; and/or St. Malachy School. On-line condolences may be left at www-pearsonfuneralhomes.com.
Don was born on February 19, 1928 in Jewell County, Kansas to Don and Merle Fulton. After losing both his parents at an early age, Don and his three sisters were adopted by Tom and Gertrude Mullin of Creston. His brother was raised by Arnold and Irene Parks of Maloy, Iowa.
Don attended St. Malachy School and graduated from Creston High School in 1946. After high school, Don served in the United States Navy Air Force as a ground based radioman. After active service, Don enrolled in the Creighton University School of Commerce where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in economics.
Don met Patricia Gillespie on campus at Creighton, and, after graduation they married on December 29, 1951 at St. Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines, Iowa. They made their home in Omaha while Don earned his law degree from Creighton University Law School, Class of 1955. During this time, Don and Pat had their first three children. Upon receiving his law degree, Don and his young family returned to Creston where he went into law practice with his father. Don and Pat purchased what would become the family home for the next 30 years and their family grew from three to eight children.
Don practiced law for 50 years and touched numerous lives during his professional life. A 50-year member of the Iowa State Bar Association, he served on the continuing education, legal and grievance committees. Don served as legal counsel for the Green Valley Chemical Corporation in Creston from its inception, until he retired. Don was recognized by his professional peers as demonstrating the highest level of legal ability and adherence to ethical standards.
Don served on the St. Malachy School Board, was a member of the St. Malachy and Holy Spirit Parishes where he sang in the choir and served as lector. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Elks Club, and Eagles Club.
Left to cherish Don's memory is his wife, Patricia Mullin, Creston; his children: Thomas (Molly) Mullin, Oak Harbor, WA; Martin Mullin (and Timm Signs), Federal Way, WA; Peggy (Rob) Dietrich, Iowa City, IA; Brian (Vicki) Mullin, Corning, IA; Bill (Julia) Mullin, Creston, IA; Nora (Ronnie) Sprague, Creston, IA; Paul Mullin (and Pat Rains), Kingston, WA; Gary (Michelle) Mullin, West Seattle, WA; Twenty-three grandchildren; Twenty great-grandchildren; his brother, Gary (Alice) Parks, Sioux Falls, SD; his brother-in-law, Gene Miller, Creston; his sisters: Joy (Al) Zmolek, Elroy, WI; and Sally Egly, Denton, TX; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Preceding Don in death were his birth parents, Donald and Merle Fulton; his adoptive parents, Thomas and Gertrude Mullin; his sister, Shirley Miller; his brother-in-law, Darrel Egly; and his sister-in-law, Carolyn Bowers.
Pearson Coen-Beaty Family Funeral Home
809 W Montgomery St Creston, IA 50801
Published in Des Moines Register on Oct. 6, 2013