Gilbert Eugene Mullen, age 86, went to be with the Lord on February 23, 2014. He was surrounded by his loved ones who had been at his side constantly since Wednesday night when he was admitted to Skagit Valley Hospital.
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Gil meant so much to so many people. He was a quiet man but when he spoke he was listened to.
He was born October 22, 1927 to Everett T. and Imogene Mullen in Fargo, North Dakota.
Gil started his working career by joining the Navy when he was 17. It was while he was stationed in San Diego that he suffered three heart attacks due to rheumatic fever and was in the Naval Hospital for six months. He often joked about that stay because he was fed steak and avocado three meals a day to get protein back in his body because of the weight he lost.
After the Navy stint, he went to work for American Marietta making chemical glue for plywood. From there he worked for Humble Oil and was district manager for 18 stations.
He then joined the Seattle Police where he remained for ten years. He was on what was the forerunner for a SWAT team these days. Some of the stories he has told have entertained his family and friends for years. The kids would often say to him "Pop tell that story about...." to some of their friends.
While on the police force he was shot and decided it was time to make a career change. It was then that he enrolled in Seattle University and later graduated from University of Washington School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. He completed his law degree in three years on an acceleration program. Gil opened his first law office in Seattle and then he came to Skagit County in 1968 and worked with Smith Angevine & Mullen. When Earl Angevine became the prosecutor Gil went with him to be his Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor. He and Earl later opened a law office of Mullen and Angevine on First Street in Mount Vernon. They were later joined by Elliott Johnson and it became Mullen, Angevine & Johnson. All three of these men have passed on. We can only imagine the stories being told when those three get together. In 1979 Gil opened his private practice on South Second Street in Mt. Vernon. Mike Rickert later joined him in that practice and it became Mullen & Rickert until Mike ran for prosecuting attorney. He also shared office space with David Day and Martin Lind, two very special people in his life. In 1986 Gil was appointed Skagit County Court Commissioner. He ran for Superior Court Judge in 1988 and remained in that position until his retirement in 1993. He was always so proud that Mike Rickert was the one that took his place on the bench.
Gil was a life member of the Mount Vernon Elks Club, Former Rotarian, member of His Place Church, and a member of St. John's Lodge No. 9, member of M.W. Oriental Chapter No. 19 Royal Arch Masons.
He enjoyed outdoor activity including hunting, fishing, having spent 34 summers with his good buddy, Jim Schols, at Conconully Lake trout fishing. So many memories were made over the years. He loved camping and traveling in the motorhome and camping with children and grandchildren.
He married the love of his life, Bonnie, on February 11, 1977. They had 37 wonderful years together. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, a son Patrick K. Mullen (Cheryl) of Maui, HI, grandchildren Patrick Ray Mullen of Bellingham, granddaughter Alysha Mullen of Maui, HI., daughter Denise Marie Mullen (Russell McDonald), granddaughter Makenna Codlin, son Craig Leonard Mullen, grandson Craig Gilbert Mullen, granddaughter Carlee Anne Mullen of Bow, WA, brothers Donald Mullen (Joann) James Mullen (Sandy) of Bellevue, WA, sister and brother-in-law Nila and Jose Laguana, brother and sister-in-law Nolan and Shirley Lee, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a group of young men that we simply refer to as The Bow Boys.
He was predeceased by his parents, son, Michael Lee Mullen, a sister Patricia Parker and a brother Everett T. Mullen.
At Gil's request there will be no services. At a later day his ashes will be scattered at a favorite site.
Memorials may be made to
Arrangements are under the care of Kern Funeral Home of Mount Vernon.
Kern Funeral Home
1122 South 3rd Street Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Feb. 26, 2014