Bill passed away at Stanford Hospital ending his courageous 31 year battle with leukemia. Bill "the comeback kid" will be remembered for his incredible strength, determination, and tremendous willpower to survive against all odds.
During a six month hospitalization for rheumatic fever, at the age of 15, he was inspired by a Frank L Stanton poem titled "Keep a -Goin' "; and that was how he lived his life-he always kept going, never complained and never gave up.
Bill was born in San Francisco and, as a teenager, moved to Juneau, Alaska where he enjoyed mountain climbing, back packing, and dirt bike racing. He worked construction; as a roofer, carpenter and cement mason and also fished commercially during the summers of his youth. At 19, he returned to San Francisco to attend college. After graduating from the University of San Francisco (class of 1974) he worked on the construction of the Trans- Alaska Pipeline and projects for Bechtel, Morrison Knudsen and Perini. These jobs took him from New Jersey to Saudi Arabia and Israel. He again returned to San Francisco, the city he loved best, and worked at Sheedy Drayage Company for the last 26 years.
He received his first allogeneic bone marrow transplant in 1982 for Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML), crediting his survival to "going in strong ". Bill recovered, returned to work, resumed distance running and cycling, married and started a family. He was afflicted by leukemia again in 1993 and 2010. Each time, after bone marrow transplants, he returned to the things he loved best; his family and his work. His indomitable spirit had positive effects on everyone he encountered. Bill lived his life practicing the belief that the more bold a plan, the greater it's chance of success and anything that required less than his all was doomed to failure or, worse, irrelevance.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Nina (Untevsky) Mullin and his stepmother, Elfrieda Mullin. He is survived by his father, William Costello Mullin I, his son Johnny, daughter Nina and his beloved wife Cathy, who was the source of much of his strength during those many medical procedures.
Additionally he is survived by sisters Nina Johnson, Elehna (Nelson) Shores, Velja (Dan) Elstad, and Gayne (Glen) Turner, an aunt, Alice Mullin, cousin Vera Gotney and nieces and nephews.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew and were inspired by him.
A memorial celebration of Bill's life will take place Thursday, December 20 2012; 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Moss Beach Distillery, 140 Beach Way, Moss Beach, California.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center under Bill's name to benefit transplant research. Donations can be sent to: Program in Transplantation Biology, D1-100, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 1100 Fairview Avenue, N., PO Box 19029, Seattle, WA 98109