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Kenneth I. Mullen
Kenneth I. Mullen

Kenneth I. Mullen passed away peacefully at home in San Clemente on May 8, 2018, surrounded by his family and friends. He was 94.

Ken was born in Bedford, Iowa on July 27, 1923. He graduated from Bedford High in June 1940 and moved to California soon after. He worked for the newspaper The Los Angeles News until he joined the Navy in August 1942. He became a Yeoman first class and served in the Pacific during World War II, receiving medals for victory and good conduct and a purple heart.

After his honorable discharge in 1946 he married his high school sweetheart, Lois Safley, on January 15, 1947. They were married for 71 years and had four children: Kenneth David, Barry, Teri and Christopher.

He attended the University of Southern California where he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering. He was an active alumnus and enjoyed many years of Trojan football as a season ticket holder.

Ken loved working in his profession. He established his own company, operating it for 35 years and specializing in waterworks and reservoirs. His many projects can be seen throughout southern California.

He was successful, kind, generous, had a great sense of humor, traveled he country and the globe and lived his faith. He supported several people (who became lifelong friends) in furthering their education. He was well-loved throughout his community and never met a waitress he didn’t like.

Ken is survived by his wife, Lois, and two children: Barry (Candy) Mullen and Teri Cohen. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Dustin Mullen, Cody Mullen, Luke Mullen, Briana (Joel) Jackson, Laura Turpin and Lisa (Doug) Bilski; and five great-grandchildren: Hannah Turpin, Mitchell Turpin, Emma Bilski, Maize Jackson, and Cruz Jackson. Many family friends’ children also called him grandpa.

He was preceded in death by his sons David and Christopher.

His greatest love (after God) was his family.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day. Please use the following link to ensure the family is notified of your support:


Saturday, June 16, 2018
1:00 P.M

San Clemente Presbyterian Church

119 Avenida De La Estrella

San Clemente, CA. 92672

2:00 P.M.  (following the service)


Adele’s at San Clemente Inn

2600 Avenida Del Presidente

San Clemente, CA. 92672

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