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Don Mullin Creston

Published: Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 8:54 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 11:33 a.m. CDT

Don Mullin, 85, of Creston died Oct. 3, 2013, at Greater Regional Hospice Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. The Rev. Kenneth Halbur Jr. will officiate. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. There will be no public viewing. Visitation with family present will be 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at Pearson Family Funeral Service, 809 W. Montgomery St. A Christian Wake service will be at 7 p.m., followed by a time of sharing. Memorials may be directed to Greater Regional Hospice Home, Creston Public Library, Southern Prairie YMCA and/or St. Malachy School. Online condolences may be left at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.

Don Mullin, son of Don and Merle Fulton, was born Feb. 19, 1928, in Jewell County, Kan.

After losing both his parents at an early age, Don and his sisters were adopted by Tom and Gertrude Mullin of Creston.

Don attended St. Malachy School and graduated from Creston High School in 1946.

After high school, Don served in the United States Navy Air Force as a ground-based radioman.

After active service, Don enrolled in the Creighton University School of Commerce, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics.

On Dec. 29, 1951, Don married Patricia Gillespie at St. Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines.

They made their home in Omaha, Neb., while Don earned his law degree from Creighton University Law School and graduated in 1955.

Upon receiving his law degree, Don and his family returned to Creston, where he went into law practice with his father.

Don and Pat purchased what would become the family home for the next 30 years.

Don practiced law for 50 years.

A 50-year member of Iowa State Bar Association, he served on the continuing education, legal and grievance committees. Don served as legal counsel for Green Valley Chemical from its inception, until he retired.

Don served on the St. Malachy School Board and was a member of the St. Malachy and Holy Spirit parishes, where he sang in the choir and served as lector. He was a member of Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Elks Club and Eagles Club.

Don is survived by his wife Patricia Mullin of Creston; children, Thomas (Molly) Mullin of Oak Harbor, Wash., Martin Mullin (and Timm Signs) of Federal Way, Wash., Peggy (Rob) Dietrich of Iowa City, Brian (Vicki) Mullin of Corning, Bill (Julia) Mullin of Creston, Nora (Ronnie) Sprague of Creston, Paul Mullin (and Pat Rains) of Kingston, Wash., and Gary (Michelle) Mullin of West Seattle, Wash.; 23 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; brother Gary (Alice) Parks of Sioux Falls, S.D.; brother-in-law Gene Miller of Creston; sisters, Joy (Al) Zmolek of Elroy, Wis., and Sally Egly of Denton, Texas; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

In addition to his birth parents, Don was preceded in death by his adoptive parents, Thomas and Gertrude Mullin; sister Shirley Miller, brother-in-law Darrel Egly and sister-in-law Carolyn Bowers.

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