Published in Los Angeles
Daily News from March 16 to March 17, 2010
FRANK ARN OLD MULLENS, JR. Passed away on March 11 in Thousand Oaks, California,
at the age of 88. Frank was born in Burbank, California, and graduated
from Burbank High School.
A long-time resident of Encino, California, Frank and his wife, Violet,
retired to Paradise in 1989 where they were members of Craig Memorial
Congregational Church and the Paradise Lodge of the BPO Elks. They had
recently returned to Southern California and were residing in Thousand
Frank was an Eagle Scout and proudly serve d his country in the Air Force
during WWII. In the late 1940's, Frank played semi-professional baseball
for the Vancouver Capilanos. He joined the Los Angeles Police Department
in 1949 and retired as a lieutenant in 1978, at which time he joined the
California State Bar and worked as an investigator until 1985.
He played baseball for the LAPD until 1968 and competed in the LAPD Olympics.
At the age of 46, Frank began running and competed in 10K runs and several
marathons. In addition, he participated in thr ee LAPD cross country goodwill
relays during the 1970's. In May 1977, Frank was awarded the Medal of
Valor from the LAPD. Never forgetting his love for baseball, Frank coached
Encino Little League. He also enjoyed working with his hands and was an
avid woodworker throughout his life. He volunteered by building sets for
the Encino Community Playhouse and Encino Elementary School.
After retirement, he turned beautiful bowls and created many works of
art for family and friends.
Frank is survived by his wife of 53 years, Violet; four children, six
grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
A public visitation will be held at Newton-Bracewell Funeral Home at 7655
Skyway, in Paradise, on Sunday, March 21, from 3-5 PM.
Donations may be made in Frank's memory to the Benevolent and Protective
Order of the Elks, Paradise Lodge #2026.