Bill McMullen, 76, died in Scottsdale, Ariz. on April 8, 2014 at Hospice of the Valley after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Bill was born July 11, 1937 to Irving. L. McMullen and Edna B. McMullen (Rasmusen) the eldest of five children, sisters Mary Margaret Fetsko (Jim) Greensburg, Pa., Grace Krawza (Walt) Lakeville, Minn., Ruth Ann Kinneer (Jim) Golden, Colo. and Pat Ettestad, Superior.
He is survived by his wife Barb, daughter Dr. Tracy McMullen Ph.D. of Portland, Maine and son Michael McMullen of Fairbanks, Alaska and his faithful companion Barney. He is also survived by his mother-in law Elinor Gagus and sister-in-law Deb also of Scottsdale, Ariz. He leaves behind many cousins, nieces and nephews.
What this intelligent, kind and generous soul accomplished in his lifetime and the mark he made was remarkable. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Superior in 1960 and leapt into life, designing and managing the team who designed the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, heading the Michael Baker Engineer Office in Fairbanks, Alaska and Phoenix, Ariz., building Pipelines in Russia or working in the public sector as Director of Design and Construction, AK Department of Transportation and always did it with joy. After he refocused he once again sprang into action and implemented a Leadership Program (LEAP) for the Arizona Consulting Engineers. This resulted in over 200 graduates many of whom are now leaders in their companies. He entered the Air National Guard at the age of 17 and retired with the rank of Major. He was proud of his country and also served as a Republican precinct committeeman in LD 8.
Special thanks to Dr. Samuel Ejadi of TGEN, Virginia Piper Clinical trials, Gayle, Monica, Mary, Lana, Vicky, Brian and all the staff who helped Bill survive 9 months. Additional thanks to Hospice of the Valley staff.
In lieu of a funeral, there will be a celebration of life in July at the University Club. Interment will be at the VA National Memorial Cemetery, Phoenix.