Mulhall, Robert – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon

Robert Mulhall, 86, of La Grande and formerly of Seattle, died March 5. At his request there will be no public services. Arrangements are under the direction of Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mr. Mulhall was born June 3, 1920, to Leo and Jenny (Price) Smith in Yakima, Wash. He lived in Yakima, Portland and Seattle and served in the Army during World War II. After an honorable discharge, he worked as a manufacturing engineer for Boeing for 25

years. In the 1970s he moved to La Grande, where he was employed as a consultant for the Forest Service for 10 years before retiring.

Mr. Mulhall was an avid mountain climber. He was very active in the Seattle Mountaineers Club and was a member of the first party to climb Mount Adams in Washington State. He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Seattle and La Grande and was also a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Writing was another hobby, and he wrote and published various articles on mountain climbing and politics. Several years ago he began work on a novel about Chief Joseph that has not yet been published.

Mr. Mulhall enjoyed prospecting for silver and gold in the Blue and Wallowa mountains and taking his beloved dog and faithful companion, Roger, with him for long rides. He was a kindhearted man who helped take care of his friends until he was too ill to do so.

Survivors include his children and their spouses, Laurie and Pat Adams of Seatac, Wash., and Robert Patrick Mulhall of Seattle; five nieces and nephews; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by sisters, Helen Hamilton and Marion Crimin.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande, 97850.

Friends and family may go to www.danielschapel.com to view the obituary, sign the guest book or leave a condolence online.

The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending Mar. 10, 2007 Published: March 10, 2007

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