The Obit For Frank Mullens


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 Oaks.

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.