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James F. “Jim” Mullen, 63, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, passed away unexpectedly at his home on November 13, 2023.
He was born on May 22, 1960, in Watertown, New York, the eldest son of the late Paul J. and Helen Carraher Mullen. He attended General Brown High School, and in 1977 was selected as an American Abroad student to spend the summer in Denmark. Jim loved the culture of Denmark, and had fond memories of his time there. He graduated from General Brownin 1978, and then graduated from Jefferson Community College in 1980 with a degree in Liberal Arts.
In 1979, while at JCC, he met Becky Lyon of Forestport, New York. Their love for each other transcended time. When Becky joined the Army Reserves the next year, Jim went to Boston to pursue his dreams of acting and performing in the famoustheaters of the city. Jim loved Boston and he loved the theater.He was the consummate actor and was offered so many different roles. His ability to bring any character he played to life on the stage was truly a testament to his incredible talent. Anyone who ever saw James Mullen master the persona of another person on stage never forgot that performance, he was mesmerizing.
Over the next 10 years, Jim and Becky remained close friends and visited each other in Texas and Boston. After Becky moved to Boston in 1989, they realized that true love changes, but theirs never ended, and they married in San Diego in May of 1991. The couple resided in Boston, where they welcomed their son Montana into their hearts in 1993. Jim’s new role as Dad was his most cherished gift and the greatest joy of his life.
He was and always will be known for being a loving, kind,dedicated father and role model to Montana and his friends.
In 1996, the Mullens moved to Utica where Jim worked for an investment firm, coached Montana’s AYSO soccer teams for many years, and where Jim and Becky were foster parents for two years. He was a member of the Players of Utica, the local community theater group, where he had many stage roles in various shows. Jim enjoyed being close to his family, and there were countless memories made with both the Mullen and Lyon families during their time in Utica. In 2004, they moved to Florida, where Jim worked for Riverside Bank and then TD Bank as a loan compliance officer until he passed away.
Jim was a kind, quiet, and thoughtful man who found the humor in life and who truly cherished his friends. When he gave you a hug, he somehow made the world right in that moment, and you knew you were loved.
He enjoyed music, nature, gardening and feeding the birds and squirrels. He loved dancing, and partying in the clubs and streets of Boston in his youth. He loved coming home to Dexter and visiting with his family and his childhood friends sitting around the bonfire. The summer trips with the Mullen family to OBXwere such special reunions with his siblings and their families:full of adventures, laughter and lasting memories. Jim enjoyed visiting his son in Montana and climbing and walking throughYellowstone next to his son. He and Becky loved their trips to Key West, the Green Parrot Bar will miss this guy.
Missing Jim forever are his wife, Rebecca “Becky” Lyon-Mullen, his son, Montana Mullen of Bozeman, Montana, and his four siblings and their spouses, as they all share a true bond and love for each other: Martha & Mike Heise of Dexter, NY;Michelle & Joe Roukous of Dexter, NY; Pat & Diana Mullen ofCalcium, NY; and Dan & Wendy Mullen of Williamsburg, Virginia. His nieces and nephews were very special to Jim, he was always happy to spend time with them and watch them grow. He had a special love for his mother-in-law, DorrinneLyon of Forestport, NY, and leaves behind many special friends in Florida and New York. His kitties Dexter and Tumus“Toomie” will miss him too.
Calling hours will be at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dexter, NY on Sunday, December 10th, 2023. Calling hours are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at 1 p.m. Friends and family are invited to a celebration of life at the Dexter American Legion following the memorial service.
Please refrain from sending flowers. In Jim’s memory, please consider a donation to Caring Fields Felines Sanctuary of Palm City, FL www.cffelines.org, Kitty Love Kuwait www.kittylovekuwait.org or to any animal rescue organization of your choice.
Online condolences may be left at www.dexterfuneralhome.com