Donald Mulhern dies in church on Sunday

ALPINE – Donald Joseph Mulhern, 87 of Alpine, died suddenly at church last Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, of a coronary occlusion with immediate cardiac arrest. This followed a wonderful birthday celebration the evening before at the Alpine Country Club for four members of Holy Cross Anglican Church. Included in those members were Mr. Mulhern and Father Eugene Myrick, his longtime friend and companion. Many family members and friends from afar attended. Mr. Mulhern, a Master’s graduate of the University of Texas, El Paso, was the retired assistant superintendent of the El Paso Public School System. He was elected to an honorary life membership in the Texas Association of School Business Officials. He loved Alpine, Fort Davis and its environment and had lived in Alpine for nearly 20 years. Along with Father Myrick, the two were named Citizens of the Year in 2002 under the auspices of the Alpine Chamber of Commerce. He was also past president of the Alpine Rotary Club. He was well known and loved in the Big Bend as a gentleman of strong faith, kindness, good humor, charming wit and impeccable manners. No one ever said an ill word about him. Mr. Mulhern was a United States Army Korean War combat veteran. Donald Joseph Mulhern, born in Fort Davis on Nov. 14, 1927, was the son of Joseph and Nellie Thomas Mulhern of El Paso. His parents and his sister Pasty Burns preceded him in death. Mr. Mulhern is survived by Father Eugene Myrick of Alpine, a brother Tom Mulhern previously of Alpine, sister Nellie Marston of El Paso, and many nieces and nephews. The memorial service will be at 1 pm, Oct. 23 at Holy Cross Anglican Church in Alpine. Services are entrusted to Alpine Funeral Home.

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