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HAROLD HENRY

MULLINS

On February 27, 2010, at 4:20 a.m., Butte County lost one of its finest native sons to pneumonia. After two days on life support at Oroville Hospital, Mr. Mullin's spirit was released to be with Jesus, reunited with his beloved wife of 53 years, Marjorie Jackson Mullins and the many loved ones who have gone before.

Survivors include daughter, Lorraine Frazier of Oroville; grandson, Brian Harold Ramsdell of Yuba City; nephew, Eugene Mullins of Oroville; niece, Rita Brodie of Santa, Idaho and Linda Smith and her daughter, Eddina Nicholas and grandsons, Anthony and Alex; ex-wife, Delores Mullins and two brothers-in-law, Robert Jackson of Oroville and Jesse "Rookie" of Feather Falls and nephew, Charles Mullins of Riverside, CA.

A lifelong resident of the Feather Falls-Oroville area, Harold was well known for his contributions to the community. A hard-working, clean living gentleman, he was respected by all who knew him. Occasional taunts and rude remarks from prejudicial individuals did not deter him from being a peaceful and productive citizen, according to his Christian faith and Native American ethics.

A talented artist and musician, he lived a quiet life full of love for his family and responsibility for his community. He played guitar, harmonica, mandolin, violin, piano and young Lorraine's favorite, ocarina or "sweet potato".

In about 1943-1944, Harold began working at the old Feather River Pine Mills in the village of Feather Falls east of Oroville. Literally starting at ground level, he dug draining trenches and shoveled fuels in to giant furnaces to heat water and make steam for the huge steam turbines. He gradually worked his way up to the position of power plant supervisor. Achieving the equivalent experience of a steam engineer, he was called many times to assist PG&E in assessing problems with their power plants. At full power (when power lines were down in the winter time), he could generate enough electricity for the whole Feather Falls-Enterprise area, as well as Forbestown and Berry Creek. He worked through the years as FRPM became Georgia-Pacific then Louisiana Pacific. After retirement he needed to go back to work and found an opening at CPC.

Harold and his father, Henry Mullins were involved in many projects in Oroville, including the Oroville High School sports fields, the Montgomery Street extension over the railroad, re-roofed the Dunstone Hall in Wyandotte and helped build several homes and buildings in the area.

In the town of Feather Falls, Harold served at various times as emergency driver of the ambulance, Chief of the volunteer fire department and Deputy Sheriff under Larry Gillick's term.

Harold Mullins will be dearly missed by the many people who knew and loved him and those who benefited from his generosity. Our loss is heaven's gain.

A Visitation will be held Friday, March 5, 2010 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Scheer Memorial Chapel. A Service will be held Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at Scheer Memorial Chapel, with a Burial to follow at Feather Falls Cemetery.

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Mar. 5, 2010
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