James O. Mullin died on September 30, 2017, in Weatherford.
Memorial service will be at 2 pm on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at Lakeshore Drive Baptist Church, 200 S. Lakeshore Drive, Hudson Oaks, Texas. A reception will follow.
Memorial donations may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation, 3509 Hulen St., Suite 200, Ft. Worth, Texas 76107.
James Oldrey Mullin was born on October 12, 1933, in Breckenridge. He was the only child of Esther Jane Stoker Mullin and William Oldrey Mullin, a native of Glasgow, Scotland. Esther's parents, John James Stoker and Sarah Edna Crook Stoker, came to Weatherford with their seven children in 1900. Jim took pride in being the son of a native Texan and a Scottish immigrant.
As Jim grew up, the family lived in Longview, Weatherford, and Dallas. At Adamson High School, Jim was a member of the debate team and graduated as valedictorian in 1951. In 1955 he graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1956 he enlisted in the United States Army. After basic training at Ft. Bliss in El Paso and a short stay at Ft. Devens, Massachusetts, Jim was accepted into the Army Language School in Monterey, California, where he became proficient in Russian. Subsequently, he was assigned to the Army Security Agency in Frankfurt, Germany.
In 1965, Jim graduated from Baylor Law School. He practiced law in Waco and Caldwell before returning to Weatherford in 1969. After being in private practice for several years, he served as Parker County Attorney from 1973 through 1976. He returned to private practice, also serving as Weatherford City Attorney. In April of 1985 Jim was appointed by Gov. Mark White as Judge of the 43rd District Court, a position he held until December of 2000.
As a youth Jim was a member of the Boy Scouts, and as an adult was an assistant scoutmaster. He very much enjoyed the camping trips, a highlight being a trip to the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.
Jim and Marianne loved to travel and enjoyed many trips to various places in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Many of the European trips included visits with his Scottish cousins in Glasgow and London.
Jim's lifelong interest in learning foreign languages was sparked by his fourth grade teacher, Miss Isbell, at Stanley School in Weatherford, when she taught her students some Spanish. That led to his becoming fluent in Spanish, German, and Russian, and being acquainted with many others.
Jim was a fine Christian man and a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather and a member of Lakeshore Drive Baptist Church in Hudson Oaks.
Survivors: wife of 33 years, Marianne Holder Mullin; son, Andrew Mullin of Dallas; daughter, Sara Mullin Edwards and husband, Dr. David Edwards, of McKinney; stepsons, Brady Washburn and wife, Kim, of Weatherford, and Brett Washburn of Bedford; grandchildren, Margaret Edwards, David Edwards, Jr. and John Edwards, all of McKinney; step-grandchildren, Ty Washburn and Melody Washburn of Weatherford.
Published on October 2, 2017