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Bill McMullen Obituary
Bill McMullen, 76, died in Scottsdale, Ariz., on April 8, 2014, at Hospice of the Valley after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Bill was born July 11, 1937, to Irving L. McMullen and Edna B. McMullen (Rasmusen) the eldest of five children; sisters, Mary Margaret Fetsko (Jim), of Greensburg, Pa.; Grace Krawza (Walt), of Lakeville, Minn.; Ruth Ann Kinneer (Jim), of Golden, Colo., and Pat Ettestad, of Superior, Wis.
He is survived by his wife, Barb; daughter, Dr. Tracy McMullen, PhD., of Portland, Maine, and son, Michael McMullen, of Fairbanks, and his faithful companion, Barney. He is also survived by his mother-in law, Elinor Gagus, and sister-in-law, Deb, also of Scottsdale. He leaves behind many cousins, nieces and nephews.
What this intelligent, kind and generous soul accomplished in his lifetime and the mark he made was remarkable. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Superior in 1960 and leapt into life, designing and managing the team who designed the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, heading the Michael Baker Engineer Office in Fairbanks and Phoenix, building pipelines in Russia and worked in the public sector as director of design and construction with the Alaska Department of Transportation, and always did it with joy.
After he refocused, he once again sprang into action and implemented a Leadership Program (LEAP) for the Arizona Consulting Engineers. This resulted in more than 200 graduates, many of whom are now leaders in their companies. He entered the Air National Guard at age 17 and retired with the rank of major. He was proud of his country and also served as a republican precinct committeeman in LD 8.
Special thanks to Dr. Samuel Ejadi of TGEN, Virginia Piper Clinical trials, Gayle, Monica, Mary, Lana, Vicky, Brian and all the staff who helped Bill survive nine months. Additional thanks to Hospice of the Valley staff.
In lieu of a funeral, there will be a celebration of life in July at the University Club. Interment will be at the VA National Memorial Cemetery, Phoenix.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Apr. 20, 2014
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