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    Robert Wyley Mullen, 1939 ~ 2009

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    Robert Wyley Mullen, the husband of Holly Mullen, the son of Ferne Mullen and brother of Pat Mullen and Mary and Jim McGann suffered an aneurism on Aug. 20, 2009 while on vacation at Flathead Lake, where he had been enjoying fishing and playing with his grandchildren. He died shortly after, on Aug. 22, 2009, in Kalispell.

    Robert Wyley Mullen was born to John and Ferne Mullen on Dec. 30, 1939, in Denver. Bob was raised in Colorado and Montana. He became an avid skier, outdoorsman, hunter, and rockhound. He attended Mesa College in Grand Junction before transferring to the University of Utah, where he earned his B.S. in mining engineering from the School of Mines in 1962 and his J.D. from the School of Law in 1964.

    During breaks from courses, Bob lived with his family in Moab, where he met the beautiful Holly Hubler, his wife of 45 years. Bob and Holly moved to the Silver Valley in northern Idaho, where Bob worked as counsel for Hecla Mining Company from 1967-79 and then as general counsel for Day Mines, Inc., until 1981. Their children, Kate and George, were born in Wallace, Idaho. In 1983, Bob was appointed an administrative judge with the Board of Land Appeals in the U.S. Department of the Interior and the family moved to Washington, D.C.

    Bob retired to Spokane in 2005, where he could be closer to his children and grandchildren. Retirement gave him the time to pursue his outdoor passions as well as his artistic and creative talents of pottery and woodworking.

    He will be missed by his loving wife, Holly, mother, Ferne, daughter, Kate, her husband, Shayne, and their kids, Hannah and Max; son, George, his wife Rachel, and their kids Kiley and Keegan; Pat Mullen; Mary and Jim McGann; many cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues.

    The Mass celebrating Bob’s life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 304 S Adams Rd, in Spokane Valley; a reception will follow.

    Contributions in Bob’s name may be given to either Interfaith Hospitality of Spokane (608 S. Richard Allen Ct., No. 5, Spokane, WA 99202), or the Northwest Healthcare Foundation (310 Sunnyview Lane, Kalispell, MT 59901) that lovingly cared for him and his family.

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