Donald Wayne Mullis passed way on May 27, 2020 from natural causes after a stroke. He was born July 31, 1939 in Fort Myers, Florida where he lived his whole life. He was 80 years old.
Donald attended Lee County schools and graduated from Fort Myers High School. He served in the United States Army from 1963-1965 and was in the reserves until 1969. He was a long time member of Elk’s Lodge #2596 where he enjoyed dancing.
Donald grew up in the Church of Christ and later became a faithful member of McGregor Baptist. He rarely missed a service and once he could no longer drive other kind parishioners gave him rides. He accepted the Lord Jesus as his personal savior in September of 1989. He loved his Sunday School class and going to church.
Donald held several jobs in his life time but the thing he loved most was dancing. Early in his life he got lessons from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio and he excelled at it. It was his passion. Whenever he would get a new pair of shoes he would put them on and dance! He loved showing people his special steps.
He was preceded in death by our niece, Alison Trask, our father, Ordell Mullis, our mother, Kathleen Mullis, our brother, Robert (Nick) Mullis, our sister, Linda Altman, and our sister, Carolyn Reigner.
He is survived by his sisters Kathy Crawford and Karen Trask, several cousins, many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and others who loved him.
The family wishes to thank Karen for taking such good care of him for the last 5 years while he lived alone at Palm Harbor Apartments. He sure loved her chicken and dumplings she would take him and shrimp fried rice that he got from his favorite Chinese restaurant. Also thank you to the residents of Palm Harbor who extended their friendship to Donald.
Family members have all loved receiving his greeting cards over the years for special occasions which he would personalize with highlights, underlines and parenthesis. There was never a person who didn’t like Donald. His funny mannerisms, loud laugh and kind heart will be very missed. We’ll have an interment service at Sarasota National Cemetary, date to be determined.
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