OBITUARY

Fire Captain (Ret.) Lewis "Skipper" Ray Mullins

April 25, 1946May 15, 2020
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Lewis “Skipper” Ray Mullins longtime resident of Dallas was born April 25, 1946 and passed away May 15, 2020. Skip left his earthly home to enter his heavenly home as promised through his baptism at age 12 by Reverend Small at Wynnewood Baptist Church in Oak Cliff. He recently expressed his baptism, his faith in Christ and understanding he will be in heaven with his Mother and Father.

Skipper was a Seven Time World Light Weight Karate Champion and honored in The Texas Sport Hall of Fame. He began karate lessons from Black Belt World Champion Master Allen Steen at Red Bird National Guard Armory on Oct. 15th, 1963 when he became interested in Karate while a senior at Justin F. Kimball High School in Dallas, Texas. Skipper quickly became proficient enough to teach Karate to Marines when he joined the United States Marine Corp. Skipper was a Grand Master Black Belt of Tae Kwon Do (Korean-Style) Karate.

After graduating from high school in 1964, Skipper joined the Dallas Fire Department. One year later he took a leave of absence to join the Marine Corp. After leaving the Marines, Skipper returned to the Dallas Fire Department as a fire fighter & eventually becoming Captain. He retired after 36 years of service to the Dallas Fire Department.

Skipper was proceeded in death by his parents Lewis Mullins and Justine Rattan Mullins. Grandparents Carl & Lula Mullins and Virgil & Minnie Rattan. He is survived by son Shawn Mullins, Sister Lou Moyer & husband John, Brother Donald Mullins and Brother Michael Mullins & wife Suzy. Skip is also survived by many Nieces & Nephews and many friends he has made in this wonderful life he had the opportunity to live.

Visitation will be held at Laurel Land Chapel, 6000 South R.L. Thornton Freeway, in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, May 21st, 2020 from 03:00 PM to 08:00 PM. Masks are encouraged. Laurel Land Chapel staff will be rotating seven people at a time, social distancing in and out of the chapel where Skipper will be laying in State. Due to the COVID-19 Virus, Private Funeral Services for Skipper Mullins will be held at Laurel Land Funeral Home Chapel on Friday May 22, 2020 at Noon by DFD Chaplain Elaine Maddox of the Dallas Fire Department. Mr. Mullins service will be live streamed on the Laurel Land Dallas Funeral Home Face Book home page.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 21, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, May 22, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Friday, May 22, 2020

Memories

Fire Captain (Ret.) Lewis "Skipper" Ray Mullins

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Grand Master Rock Dickerson

May 25, 2020

I knew Skip long ago trained with him and had some time together,mostly on the fighting circuts.He will be greatly missed by all.God speed Skipper see you again when it's time.

Joseph Amador

May 24, 2020

On Behalf of the Christian Black Belt Association, we send our prayers to the family. It was a privilege to have known such a fine and genuine Martial Artist. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Joseph Amador

James Bradford

May 23, 2020

Skip shared his heart , home , and generosity with me and my family. Such a kind soul and a good man . He was loved and will be missed .

Bradford Family

Bo Hardy

May 22, 2020

I had the privilege of competing and refereeing with Skipper Mullins during the 1967-1971 time frame at the United States Karate Championships held by Master Allen Steen in Dallas, TX. I joined The SouthWest Karate Black Belt Association in 1967 while at the University of Arkansas and was Captain of the The University of Arkansas Karate Team. We traveled throughout the South and Southwest competing during those formative years of the "Blood and Guts" circuit.
I always found Skipper to be one of the most humble and helpful competitors I ever met during those years. He was an outstanding fighter but more importantly, he was always willing to share his knowledge and represented the arts as a true gentleman. What a loss for the Martial Arts World! His bout with Bill Wallace in Dallas in 1971 for the Grand Championship was one of the best fights I ever witnessed. Somewhere I have that final match on 8 millimeter! The Grand Championship final match that Saturday night started around 10:P.M! The tournament had grown so much over that 1967-1971 timeframe! Bill defeated Skipper but with true graciousness, Skipper was the first to congratulate Bill. On Behalf of the Taiho-Ryu Karate Association, we send our prayers to the family. It was a privilege to have known such a fine and genuine Martial Artist. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Bo Hardy

Raymond Munday

May 22, 2020

Blessed to have watched him fight. Honored to have work with him.

Jesse Bean

May 21, 2020

Captain Mullins and I were very close friends since 1971
We worked together at DFD. WE played football together softball and he he got me a karate membership at Allen Steens karate on Garland rd
I trained a lot but on those rare occasions when Mr Mullins would come in it was like God had entered the building
He would always select me as his demonstration dummy
After a softball game one night I ask him something about side kick technique and started throwing kicks right at my face
I said hey man I trust you like a brother but there are spikes on bottom of those shoes
He Did not care
I snuck around behind him and hit him in the back and took off running
I worked on many episodes of walker Texas Ranger and an opportunity to talk to Mr Norris one day
I told him we had a mutual friend , Skipper Mullins and Skipper told me he won every match against him
Is that true
Mr Norris said
Well you can believe that if you would like to
But if you want to know the truth
We fought seven times and I won all seven
SkipperMullins is a great guy
We were firemen together
Played some ball together
Both US Marines
And very close friends
I will miss him huge
Semper Fidelis

Jesse Bean

Alix Garza

May 21, 2020

Had the pleasure to call him a friend for many a year. Going to miss our chats your jokes and stories. My condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.

Roger & Dianne Hollar

May 21, 2020

Skipper will remain forever imprinted on our minds and in our hearts. Terrific guy. Loads of fun. Never a dull moment. Much love and respect to this fallen hero, first responder and family member. Prayers going up for all our family and for "Skipper's" friends and co-workers.
Roger & Dianne Hollar

Penny Scalf Stapp

May 20, 2020

Skip was a dear friend of family! Met him with Larry Peterson which we loved dearly! All the fun times at the Elk's Lodge will never be forgotten! So glad you passed thru my life! You will never beforgotten! RIP Skip and give my Dad a big hug for me!

Pam Darden

May 20, 2020

Being married to Skip was quite the adventure. If I had to pick one thing; it would be our travels. Once we left town, all the walls came down & the real Skip came out. He was an amazing man, who did amazing things. However, I loved the side rarely seen. My thoughts & prayers are with his amazing family and friends. Thank you Skip, for your service in the Marine Corp & putting your life on the front lines as a Dallas Fire Fighter. Rest in Peace, with all my love. Until we meet again.

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