John L. "Jack" McMullen
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McMULLEN, John L. "Jack" 84, died Tuesday, July 8, 2008. He was born on May 6, 1924 to William A. and Ann Laird McMullen at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater. He graduated from Largo High School in 1942 where he was recently recognized as a distinguished alumnae. Jack was al ways interested in agriculture. While in high school, he was a member of the Future Farmers of America, raising cattle to show. He was also captain of the football team, president of his senior class, a member of the National Honor Society, and was a delegate to the national FFA convention. Jack began college at the University of Florida in the fall of 1942 but soon enlisted to serve his country in WWII, becoming a member of the "Greatest Generation." Jack was a paratrooper in the famous 101st Airborne, known as the Screaming Eagles. He jumped into Normandy on June 6, 1944 - D-Day. He jumped into Holland in Operation Market Garden. He was also at Bastogne where he received a Battlefield Commission. For his contributions in WWII, he was awarded the Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and 2 Presidential Unit Citations. Jack returned to the University of Florida and graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture. Jack began dairy farming in 1952 in Pinellas County, later moving his dairy to Hillsborough County. He farmed 650 acres and eventually was milking a herd of 500 cows. He was instrumental in the formation of Tampa Independent Farmers Association and served as president for many years. He was president of Florida Dairy Farmers Federation and Dairy Farmers Incorporated. He served on the boards of the National Milk Producers Federation, American Dairy Association National and American Dairy Association Florida. He was selected for the Florida Dairy Hall of Fame. Jack was a member of the pioneering McMullen family, who settled Pinellas County in the 1840s. Because of his strong community ties, Jack was very involved in volunteerism. He was a longtime member of Springtime City Kiwanis and Largo and Clearwater Historical Societies. He served as an elder of Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, where he was a longtime member. Jack also served on the boards of the Bank of Indian Rocks and Pinellas Central Bank, which was later known as Southeast Bank. He was a member and past commodore of Carlouel Yacht Club, past president of Casado Club and a member of Privateers Club. Jack is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rhoda Lane; and his five children, John L. McMullen Jr. (Judy), Becky Caldwell (Eddie), both of Tampa, Anne Farrior (Jim) of Homosassa, Margaret Michaels (Tom) and Thomas W. (Beth), both of Clearwater; and his 16 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandsons. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church or The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, July 12 at Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, Clearwater. Moss Feaster Funeral Home Belcher Road Chapel 562-2070

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Published in Tampa Bay Times on Jul. 10, 2008.
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August 9, 2008
We are so sorry about your loss. My granddad, Leon Brownell, loved Jack and working for him....and because of that we, the grandkids, had much respect for Jack and what he meant to our granddad. With sincere sympathy,
Stephanie, Alex & Brandon Lang
Stephanie Lang
August 9, 2008
OUR HEARTS ARE SADDENED TO HEAR ABOUT JACK. My father was Leon Brownell and worked under Jack for many years. Our prayers are with you and your family.
David & Pat Brownell Powell
Paula (Pat) Powell (Brownell)
July 14, 2008
I feel honored to have known this "true gentleman" through my parents long-term friendship with him. The service and reception performed at Peace Memorial was outstanding and one I will cherish forever.
Jennie Kennedy Carlyle
July 14, 2008
Tom and the McMullen family. I am sorry I could not make the service Sat. As I drove across Alligator Alley I thought about Jack and looked up to the sky and smiled knowing that he is comfortable with our eternal father.
Boyd Crisler
July 12, 2008
The family will be in my thoughts and prayers. We were neighbors for many years in the dairy business on S. Mobley.
Karen Molodecki (Fortner)
July 12, 2008
Dear Aunt Rhoda and cousins Johnny, Becky, Anne,Margaret and Tommy,

I dont even know where to begin except to say one very important mom is in GREAT company now!

I am so sad about Uncle Jacks passing, being at the service and seeing all the cousins again brought back so many happy memories. Uncle Jack was the warmest, kindest man and I will never forget the kindness and love I felt when I first met him. What a strong gentle person.

With much love and my condolences,
Lynda Danna
Lynda Danna
July 12, 2008
Dear Rhoda and family;
I was deeply saddened when Tagg returned from our home in Canada on Wednesday and told me on the phone that Uncle Jack had passed away. He was a wonderful man, great storyteller, and I know you all will miss him tremendously.

My sincerest condolences to all of you,
Dick Coley
July 12, 2008
We send the entire McMullen Family our deepest sympathy and will continue to hold you in our prayers.
Brad & Jody Shirley
July 12, 2008
The service was wonderful. I was lucky enough to find a seat.
A gentleman. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
David Browder
July 10, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers to Rhoda and the rest of the of the family; we lost a very fine gentleman and mentor to myself.
John Brooks
July 10, 2008
My deepest sympathies to the McMullen family. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.
Kevin Becker
July 10, 2008
I drank coffee with Jack on Saturdays at McDonalds and he was a very interesting, engaging fellow. He invited me over to see some of the WWII items in his library and while I was 30 years his junior, Jack was pleased that I had an interest in history. He was a fine gentlemen and will be missed by all. My sincere condolences to the family.
Charles Ochs
July 10, 2008
May the wonderful memories you have help you to get through this sad time. Jack was a wonderful man and our family shares your loss as he has been a part of our lives for many years.
Eileen Steele
July 10, 2008
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.
July 10, 2008
Becky, my condolences to you on the passing of your father. My thoughts+prayers are with Eddie, your family and yourself.
Andy Peek
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