Obituary: Roger Mullins, 1950-2014

Roger Mullins passed away peacefully Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, with his wife, Marcia, by his side.

Roger was born on Feb. 14, 1950 in Coweta, Okla., to Daniel Mullins and Helen Appleby. He graduated from Hoopa High School in 1969 and immediately after graduation served

Roger Mullins

Roger Mullins

in the U.S. Army. He was selected as part of the Presidential Honor Guard. Roger often joked that the draft was the only lottery that he ever won as he was selected No. 3.

After being discharged from the Army, he married and had his daughter, Melody, to whom he was devoted. He spent his entire working career as a Heavy Duty Diesel Mechanic.

Roger was known to have been able to fix anything from railroad equipment to hair curlers.

Later, Roger met and married the love of his life, Marcia. They shared 25 wonderful years together. Roger loved to garden, fish and camp with family. Roger will be remembered for his generosity and great spirit. Even with his struggles with his health he always had a ready laugh, and his love for his family most of all.  He was a member of the Cherokee tribe.

Roger is survived by his wife, Marcia Norton, mother, Helen Appleby, children Melody Schwartzman (Steve), Marianne Norton (Kid), Tavia Metzger, Brenda Waxler (Michael), Glen Norton, Tina Tilley (James), Braden Brawner (Chelsea), grandchildren Caitlin, Zachary, Liam, Jace, Mason, Chrissy, Krisanny, Bryan, Michael, Sierra, Seth, Evan, and Shane, brothers, Jack Mullins (Marie), Dennis Mullins (Pam), Dave Mullins (Gidget), sister-in-Law Betty Vieira as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

A celebration of Roger Mullin’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Azalea Hall in McKinleyville. All are welcome to attend and celebrate. One of Roger’s favorite things to do was to eat! Please bring your favorite potluck dish to share.

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