Mullenix, David Earl

David Earl Mullenix, Major, USAF (Retired)
June 13, 1943 – February 21, 2017

David Earl Mullenix, age 73, of Exton, Pennsylvania passed away February 21, 2017 at his home.

Born June 13, 1943 in Barksdale Field, Louisiana located in the Parish of Bossier, he was born to the late CPL Earl Mullenix and Vera Patarini Mullenix.

Mr. Mullenix served in the United States Air Force for 21 years from 1966 through 1987, retiring as a Major. He served as a HH-3 (a.k.a. Jolly Green Giant) Helicopter Pilot during the Vietnam War.

After his career with the Air Force, he moved on using his expertise to become part of the Boeing Family. His main career focus was with the development and launch of the V-22 program. During this time, he served countless hours as a volunteer with the National organization, PAWS for People. He and his wife Kate opened their home to many dogs for foster care, training them to become service dogs. In his down time, he had a passion for cooking, and enjoyed singing in the local Choral Society.

Mr. Mulllenix is survived by his wife, Kate Jackson; his son Brennen David Mullenix and wife; his daughter Malia Lystlund Meadows and husband; and his sister, Barbara Lapcevic and husband. Also to mention their dogs, Ariel, Zeke, and their late J-J.

A Memorial Service with Military Honors is being planned for June 13th at Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, Pennsylvania, time to be determined. Please refer to the funeral home’s website, for updated information.

Memorials may be made to PAWS for people in his memory you may call (302) 351-5622 or at

Arrangements by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home of West Chester, PA 610.696.1181



March 4, 2017 9:54 AM
I will surely miss David. I was so very sorry to hear of his passing. I knew him as a kind, enthusiastic, and engaged member of PAWS for People. Not only did he provide lots of love as part of a pet therapy team with Ariel, but I got to serve on committees with him. My heart goes out to his family including Ariel!
Wendy Lewis

February 28, 2017 6:55 PM
I am so sorry to hear of David’s passing. I worked with him when he visited my library with PAWS for Reading. He was such a delightful man, and he worked so well with the children who came to read to Ariel. He was well-loved at our library!
Brittany E.

February 27, 2017 6:45 PM
Brennan and Malia, our thoughts are prayers are with you. May you feel God’s loving arms around you as you work through your loss. Blessings and love.
Bob and Tracy Houston, Newport News, VA

February 27, 2017 7:06 AM
Please allow me to offer my condolences to the family with these comforting words based on Revelation 21:3-5: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind…and God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. Write, for these words are faithful and true.” I am deeply sorry for your loss. May God’s Word the Bible comfort all of you during this painful time.

February 26, 2017 11:44 PM
To David and Kate. Alien and I love both very much, you both made our lives a pleasure in our stay in Pa. It was a true and wonderful adventure instead of a long stay away from home. We enjoyed our time with you. I hope David are greeting each other now in a place without pain and sorrow. Much love and may god bless. I can feel your sorrow as I still feel mine.
John Benson

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