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Obituary: Douglas McMullen

Posted on 09 June 2010

. Douglas Lynn McMullen, 69 of Bastrop County died Sunday, June 6th 2010 unexpectedly of heart failure. He was born July 30, 1940 in Red Rock, Texas, the son of the late James Odell and Eloise Riddle McMullen.  He was the older of 2 siblings and is survived by his sister Marsha Fimbel of Victoria, Texas. He is also survived by his wife, Margie Maraggia McMullen of Yoakum, Texas and ex-wife Debra Hathaway of Boerne, Texas, and by his daughters, Cheryl McMullen, Hedy Carter and husband Perry, all of Yoakum, Texas and Audrey Franz and husband Mickey of Seguin Texas.  Doug left a lasting legacy with seven doting grandchildren: Douglas Taylor McMullen Franz, Bryson Franz, Jack McMullen Matusek, Sam Matusek, Walker Franz, Harris Franz and Presley Carter and a great-grand child, Bracken Lane Franz.   Doug also leaves behind his beloved Peaches and Pudgy as well as the 2007 World Champion Quarter Horse, Illegal Memories. Doug was an entrepreneur by nature and began his first business as a boy selling watermelons.  He quickly moved on to cars, horses, and anything that had wheels on it.  He owned Allen Ford Sales, a Ford Dealership in Palacios Texas and Cowboys Custom Trailers in Bastrop Texas.  With his daughters he co-founded Double D Ranchwear™ of Yoakum Texas, a nationally recognized clothing brand and winner of numerous fashion awards.  But Doug’s life passion was always racehorses.  He was known throughout the racing industry as an outstanding horseman with a unique eye to hand pick a runner.   He took many a horse to the winner circle, but was most proud of his 2007 World Champion Gelding, Illegal Memories. A Celebration of Doug McMullen’s life will be held Monday, June 14th, 2010 at 11:00 am at Marrs-Jones-Newby Funeral Home in Bastrop Texas followed by fellowship and Doug’s favorite Texas BBQ.  The McMullen family welcomes all friends and acquaintances to join them in honoring this very special person. Contributions to the Race Track Chaplaincy of America (502.863.8792) are appreciated in lieu of flowers. God broke the mold when he created Doug: he was one-of-a-kind. He loved his family, fast cars, faster horses, a good Harley ride, an all-night canasta game, telling tall tales, eating jelly from a jar and Margie’s sweet tea. He will be remembered for his giving spirit, his heart felt laughter, and his genuine smile. His family will miss him. They loved him well.

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  • james o'connor: May 16, 2016

    will definitely be missed. had fun in late 50s early 60s. wonderful wedding

  • Audra Koliba: May 16, 2016

    Audrey,

    So sorry to hear this. Prayers to you and your family.

    Audra

  • Rebecca Borchers: May 16, 2016

    So very sorry to hear about your father, Cheryl. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

    Rebecca/Becky Borchers

  • shmuela padnos: May 16, 2016

    deepest and sincerest sympathy

  • Pam Pepper: May 16, 2016

    I am so so sorry to hear about your dad. You are all in my thoughts and prayers!

  • karen greer: May 16, 2016

    I alway will remember him coming through the sewing room and saying " Hello Ladies". I also remember the travel bus and the long vinyl rug he asked me to repair. My thoughts are with the family.

  • debbie mcnees: May 16, 2016

    Margie, Cheryl, Hedy, Audrey, and family: May God grant you an extra portion of comfort as you mourn the loss of Mr. McMullen. You all have become such a close part of our business family, that we, too, feel the loss of a wonderful man. We remember his laughter and jovial spirit. We will pray for your strength in this time of sorrow. We, too, will celebrate his life with all of you!

  • Cheryl: May 16, 2016

    Thank you, Reid – you’ve got me crying again!
    Well said.
    We are sure going to miss that ’ol skalawag!

  • Reid Slaughter: May 16, 2016

    Doug McMullen was a tartan in a sea of gray. He was part devil, part angel, and 100 percent South Texas cowboy with all the toughness required to build a world class family and business. But he was also gentle and funny, and original, and devoted to his girls. He was the only the guy who ever thoroughly cussed me out that I still liked afterwards.
    To The McMullen Ladies: you make Texas a richer place to live. You make the world more beautiful. And you are, truly, every father’s dream for a daughter. God Bless You and know that you are all loved!

  • kathy russell: May 16, 2016

    It is sad to see you all have lost your father. I lost mine 17 years ago yesterday. Life will take a different road but their spirit will always be with us. May God Bless

  • Rebecca Q. Smith /Season's Mfg.: May 16, 2016

    Dearest Cheryl…
    It is with bitter sweet memories that I found you and found out about your Dad. I was in Albuquerque first week of Dec. and stumbled upon a wonderful boutique “The Wild Rose”, and struck up a conversation w/Trudy (what a delightful lady) about an adorable top w/ crosses and a beautiful jacket that was embroidered w/ so much class & detail that I couldn’t help but gravitate to the collection. I was so thrilled to find out that it was yours!!! I have thought of you and your wonderful family so many times over the years. I was flooded w/ pride to find out that The Line had not only survived but thrived!!! Your styles, colors, fabric choice and detail put you @ the top of the class for fashion design! I am so happy to say I knew you when you first started out w/ the Pony Blanket Coats twenty years ago. It’s so hard to believe that so much time has passed. We were both so young & wide-eyed @ the International Fabric Show In New York. To think you just picked up and said, “Can I come with you to New York?” Well, I actually think it was your Dad who asked first? I knew from that moment that you were going to be a huge success. With that “no fear” attitude you were going to succeed! To think we started off in those little temporary showrooms @ The Dallas Market. What a learning experience! I remember your first Fashion Show in the Big Hall with the Fringe Jacket for men & The New Showroom w/ the big stone fireplace and the Grand Opening Party! Many fond memories!
    I was so shocked and saddened to find out about Big D. Just know that I am praying for your hurting hearts… and remember that you girls were the lucky ones who had the honor and privilege of calling him" Daddy". His love for y’all was as big as that smile on his face! His effervescent personality made people love him from the minute he said Hello! I hope you find peace this Christmas in the memories you hold dear and smile when you think of your Dad’s 1st Christmas in heaven! You are all in my prayers!
    WITH LOVE – Rebecca Q. Smith GOD BLESS!

  • Cheryl: May 16, 2016

    Mark, thank you and yes he was!

  • Mark Emedé Garcia: May 16, 2016

    This was a giant of a man by all accounts. We became acquainted with him through the horse racing world, where he gained renown as a hard-working and successful horse trainer all the while ethical and humane in his treatment of the magnificent animal. I recall race days at la Bahia downs where he may have had a quarter horse in 9 out of 12 races, and he showed well in most of those. Quite a feat.

    By word of mouth, I understand he was that kind of man all around – a winner. Kind and generous to family and friends and wouldn’t turn his back on a beggar neither. A light for all to follow, brightening the world wherever he went. Now he shines down from up yonder, and being the horseman that he was in life his spirit is GREAT in death, meaning he is very much a part of us if we choose to listen he speaks to us.

    I am sorry for your family’s loss bc I know that even though his spirit is strong he ain’t as easy to hug or kiss. He will be missed.

  • Cheryl: May 16, 2016

    OMG – Wow – I can’t believe it – it’s you! How are you? What a lovely surprise for all of us to see your kind note and sentiments. (Audrey is crying right now – seriously) Yes, we are missing Dad really bad. We are packing up all the kids and headed to the snow and know it will be tough remembering our last family trip to the snow with Dad a few years back. Christmas is going to be tough, but at least we will have each other to brace ourselves up with. I don’t know what other people do that have to mourn a loved one all alone.
    All of your early market memories bring back so much…all smiles and bitter sweet memories. I remember you telling Cajun jokes to Dad out in the hall – something about a pee row and Fais do do. Remember? He thought y’all were so funny.
    Dad’s smile is missed along with that one-of-a-kind personality, but gosh, what a blessing and delight he was to us. Such fun to be around. I think often about that spur of the moment decision to jump a flight to NY to join you for the Javitz Fabric Show… I got into NY about 1 am and slept on the floor in your hotel room. I think I even had to borrow $200 to get there. Crazy, young, naive…would I do it again? Of course!
    Rebecca, thank you. Thanks for the memories, thanks for mentoring and letting me tag along, thanks for your sweet friendship and touching sentiments.
    Blessings to you and yours this Christmas season – Cheryl

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