1946 – June 26, 2018
Wally Mull, husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.
Wally was born in Salem, Oregon, in 1946 and graduated from North Salem High School in 1964. After graduating from high school, Wally attended Oregon College of Education, while playing golf for the school. In 1965, Wally enlisted in the United States Air Force and served during the Vietnam War, stationed in Biloxi, Mississippi and Goose Bay, Labrador. With the ranking of sergent, Wally was discharged from the Air Force in 1969 and returned home to Keizer where he began working with the Keizer Water District in May 1969.
Wally married Carol O’Connor in December of 1969 and they settled in Keizer raising their two daughters, Keely and Karlye. While working for the Keizer Water District, Wally also served as a volunteer firefighter at the Keizer Fire Department, was a member of the Keizer Elks Club, and helped coach Babe Ruth baseball. An avid sports lover, Wally would go on to help coach both his daughters and their friends in the Keizer Little League, and AAU Basketball.
Wally was an instrumental influence in the growth of the Keizer Water District, seeking to develop the city’s own source of water for the citizens of Keizer. He served as the Keizer Water District Water Superintendent beginning in 1983 and in 1985 when the City of Keizer took over the Keizer Water District, Wally became the Public Works Superintendent. Upon the retirement of Jim Nightengale, Wally became the Public Works Director, also serving as Co-City Manager from 1997-1998, and then City Manager from 1998 until his retirement from the city in July 2000. During his 31 years of service to the Keizer Community, Wally will be remembered for his leadership and civic spirit.
After retiring in 2000, Wally and Carol joined their daughters in Las Vegas, Nevada. Not one to rest, Wally began working at the MGM as a valet attendant. He loved staying busy and enjoyed meeting new people as well as running into old friends. Once again, Wally served as a mentor to the young men and women he worked with, who respected his advice and positive outlook. In addition to working at MGM, Wally enjoyed spending time with his daughters, as well as his grandchildren, Jordyn and Caden Carlin, and his extended grandchildren via the Summers family, McKenna, Addie, Regan, Bodie, and Afton. Holding fond memories of his home in Keizer, Wally kept his Oregon Duck football tickets and traveled with his grandson Caden to a few games each fall. He would also spend one week each August in the company of his brother Danny, sister Pam, and their families, playing golf and catching up with family and friends.
Wally was preceded in death by his loving parents, Orville and Jeanne Mull, and his sister, Pam Mull-Dunz. He is survived by his wife Carol, brother Danny Mull, daughters, Keely Carlin and Karlye Mattie, and his grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, August 3, 2018, at 5 p.m. at Keizer City Hall. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.