William Henry Mullins, who went by Bill, passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 23, 2019, in Federal Way, Washington, as a result of a rare complication from a heart procedure.

William Henry Mullins, who went by Bill, passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 23, 2019, in Federal Way, Washington, as a result of a rare complication from a heart procedure.

Bill was born on May 9, 1946, in Nampa, Idaho, to Josephine Mullins (née Jones) and Ray O. Mullins, who preceded him in death.

When he was in elementary school, the family moved to El Paso, Texas, where his lifelong love for the Brooklyn Dodgers was born, thanks to long-wave AM radio and Vin Scully's expert play by play. Since eighth grade, he knew he wanted to be a history professor. He followed the Dodgers to Los Angeles, where he earned his BA at Pomona College in 1968 and went on to pursue his PhD in history at the University of Washington.

A steadfast Christian since the age of 9, Bill met Edith Gross at a Wednesday night service at a church in L.A. neither of them normally attended — an encounter both came to see as providential. They married in 1974, and Bill taught history at several institutions around the Northwest, where their children, Michael and Julie, were born.

In 1985, Bill accepted a position as professor of history at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, where he taught American History and Western Civilization for 20 years. During summers, he lectured on Alaskan history on the S.S. Universe Explorer cruise ship. He also researched and published two books, The Depression and the Urban West Coast, 1929-1933, and Becoming Big League: Seattle, the Pilots, and Stadium Politics, which tells the story of 1960s Seattle and its first short-lived professional baseball team.

Upon retirement in 2005, Bill and Edith moved back to Washington state. They enjoyed traveling together internationally, and Bill was deeply involved at Journey Church in Federal Way, Washington, as an elder, Sunday School teacher, and mentor. He also volunteered for many years teaching history at Tacoma Rescue Mission, where he formed relationships with men and women recovering from addiction. He saw it as his purpose to help his students understand themselves as worthy of esteem and beloved by God.

Bill had a dry sense of humor that regularly caught people off guard, and was an avid sports fan, golfer, and runner, always striving to beat his time. In 2018, Michael and Julie planned a long-awaited family trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, which Bill enjoyed immensely.

Teaching — sharing wisdom and training his students (including his children) in critical thought — was Bill's life's work. As a teacher, he sought to help others understand the currents that have shaped them, in order to discern how to craft a good, Spirit-filled life that glorifies God, and to better follow Jesus as His disciples. This he did with all his mind, soul, heart, and strength.

Bill is survived by his wife, Edith Mullins, and his children, Michael Mullins and Julie Mullins.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. at Journey Church, 701 S 320th Street, Federal Way, WA 98003.

In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations to The Gideons International (https://www.gideons.org/donate) or Tacoma Rescue Mission (https://www.trm.org/donate/) in Bill's memory.