Lester Harold Mullan was born to a fourth generation Irish-American Christian and a Belarussian Jewish emigrant on October 12, 1943. Life was not easy growing up in a household of parents who were alcoholics. Later, his mother, Pearl, divorced his father, Harold, in order to reach sobriety for herself.
Unfortunately, he contracted Polio at any early age. He ran a fever and was ill without much medical attention afforded him. His illness only progressed to his left arm where the muscle atrophied. He spent most of his life lifting weights to keep his arm as strong and usable as possible.
This Polio-induced injury kept him from fulfilling his dream to be a baseball player. He did spend a summer in the Minor Leagues and he could throw a baseball ninety miles an hour. It was not enough to be good at baseball when you want to make it your career.
|Wendell, Dawn, Kassandra Mullan|
(photographed by Lester Mullan)
|Anna, Dawn, Kassandra Mullan|
(photographed by Lester Mullan)
In 1977, Lester's father Harold Albert Mullan passed away.
By the time 1978 came around, their third child, Kassandra Ann, was born in Davenport, Iowa in June. Later that year and early into the next, the Mullan family moved out to sunny San Diego where Lester worked for other companies tied to the airline industry manufacturing parts. The family stayed in California for five years before another job moved them back to Arizona.
|Pearl Chasky Mullan|
(photographed by unknown)
Many years of economic hardships plagued the family. With the death of Pearl, a small inheritance sustained the family along with government benefits, Lester became dependent on unemployment as the slow de-industrialization of America subtracted jobs from the economy at a faster rate than creating them. At the end of the economic downturn, benefits were ended by Congress and so was the hope of any positions for a middle-aged man.
A difficult even challenging personality at times led to further self-destructive behaviors because there were no jobs available in his field. So his challenges became volatility. Some bad choices also contributed to his feelings of failure until the volatility became rage.
This unpredictable and aggressive behavior led to Anna and Lester divorcing by the early 1990's. Lester then wandered. Unsure of his place in the world, he bounced from place to place. His health also declined as his diabetes worsened almost taking his eyesight.
|Lester Harold Mullan|
(photographed by nursing home?)
His deteriorating mental and physical medical conditions qualified him for disability, which he remained on until his death. He eventually entered a nursing home where his needs could be looked after on a daily basis. This move kept him safe in a world he no longer recognized and could not function in.
Even though Lester Harold Mullan had more downs than ups in his lifetime, he still stepped to the beat of this own drum. Wherever the band played, he was there. He is just now doing it in heaven.
For further reading, please follow these links:
- Obituary for Lester Harold Mullan, 1943
- Lester Harold Mullan, Find a Grave Obituary Update
- A Daughter's Collection of Memories
- On the Record for Lester Harold Mullan