Garvin "Dutch" Mulder, 69, from Zeeland/Holland, MI, passed away July 21, 2013 at Hospice of Volusia/Flagler after a long struggle with dementia/Alzheimer's disease. A truly remarkable man, Garvin embraced each day with enthusiasm and gave his all to every experience. After graduating from Zeeland High School he attended college for one year. He enlisted in the US Army at 19 and served his country faithfully and well and was wounded in action in Vietnam. After honorable discharge, he and his older brother, Larry, joined together to build their father's business, ODL, into the successful manufacturing organization that it is today. When he developed his passion for sailing, he charted his course from Michigan to the Caribbean with his children where they spent time enjoying the Bahamas. Always a man of action, he returned to develop his farm, doing much of the work himself and completed his Bachelor of Arts at Hope College. He then sailed the "Gypsy Anna", a 41' staysail ketch to New Smyrna Beach, FL. He met his wife Bobbi while they were both enrolled in the Masters of Business Administration program at Stetson University in DeLand. He prepared the boat for the next sailing adventure, teaching himself to master every aspect of boat maintenance and repair. They were married in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, lived in Jamaica six months, and lived aboard the boat for several years while sailing the Caribbean extensively. After sailing from Jamaica to Hilton Head, SC, Garvin's zest for life continued as he began one of his greatest love affairs - carpentry. He custom-built boats and his proficiency increased upon their return to Daytona Beach where he started his own business in construction and property maintenance. Garvin and Bobbi loved traveling, visiting Australia/New Zealand, England, Scotland, Ireland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Jordan, Egypt and Israel. One of their favorite discussion was which of the over 41 countries they most enjoyed visiting. When he could no longer continue working, he didn't give up. He devoted almost every day volunteering for Halifax Habitat for Humanity, and he was involved in constructing many homes in the area. He was honest, brave, energetic, kind, and unstoppable in pursuit of what he believed right. He's missed and loved by many, but most of all by his wife of over 30 years, Bobbi. Safe journey through the next adventure, Garvin, our gentle giant. He is survived by his wife, Bobbi; son Chris and wife Shelly; daughter Kate and husband Tom; four grandchildren, Dan, Elizabeth, Nikolas and Joshua; brother Larry and wife Karen; two nephews, Jeffrey and Michael; sister and brother-in law, Dr. Carol Saunders and husband Rusty and their children, Kristin and Russell and his wife Janel, and two Labrador Retrievers, Biggy and Ziggy. We thank all our family and friends for their comfort, support, hand holding, and guidance throughout. Donations may be made to Hospice of Volusia/Flagler or Halifax Habitat for Humanity.


Funeral Home

Alavon Direct Cremation Service
661 Beville Rd. South Daytona, FL 32119

Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on July 24, 2013