2017-05-11 / Obituaries

Virgil Mullis

Virgil Mullis passed away, family at his side, in the early morning hours of April 27, 2017 at his long time home in Mariposa, Calif. He had 93 years on this earth.

He was born in Oct. 1923 in Fresno, Calif., to Ben and Lilly Mullis and was raised with four sisters and a brother in the Fresno area. After attending school in Fresno and Parlier, they moved to Ventura, Calif., where he met his soon-to-be wife Peggy Lou.

In 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and after basic training was assigned to the V12 officer training at the University of Southern California. Upon completing active service in 1946, he attended Humboldt State College (now University) and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences. His studies continued later and he earned a Master’s degree in Education at Fresno State College.

After graduating from Humboldt State he began his education career teaching and eventually becoming principal at Geyserville (California) High School. He and family then moved to Truckee, Calif., where he taught at Tahoe-Truckee High School for several years.

He then worked in the private sector for two years in San Jose, and Sacramento before moving to Mariposa to teach in 1962. He taught various classes for four years before becoming the vice principal at Mariposa County High School. After one year at that position he became principal. He served nine years, then moved on to various positions at the County district office.

Virgil and Peggy always had an open door policy for family, friends (even strangers), students and faculty. At the Mullis’s, there was always a place to stay and pot of beans for those who needed or just wanted to stop by.

Virgil was involved in a variety of activities including working cattle, his orchard, vegetable and flower gardens, landscaping, the Mariposa County Pioneer Wagon Train, E. Clampus Vitus, the establishment and development of Yosemite Bank, carpentry and construction and helping others where ever there was a need.

Virgil was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Peggy Lou.

He is survived by sisters Naomi Clift, Lois Haines and Arleine Stiles; sons Craig, Curt, Kent and Karl; grandchildren Joe, Michele, Katy, Jeffrey, Brian, Marianne and Craig; great granddaughter Laure; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and more than a few friends.

Services will be held on May 20, 2017 at the Bootjack Stompers Hall, Mariposa, at 10 a.m. followed by a pot luck at that location.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to John C. Fremont Healthcare District Hospice, PO Box 216, Mariposa, CA, 95338. The Mullis family extends a special thanks to all the fine folks at Hospice for the tremendous help and support given to friends and family during this difficult time.

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Sorry to read of the passing

Sorry to read of the passing of Mr. Mullis. I have many fond memories as I visited his office many times. He was a good man.

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