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McMullen, scion of pioneer Pinellas family

Daniel Guy McMullen, Jr., local entrepreneur, civic leader, state legislator and a descendant of the McMullen pioneer family of Pinellas County, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006, of cancer at his home, "Mulligan's Riverside Lodge," in Port Richey. He was 72.

Mr. McMullen was involved with the planning and growth of Pinellas County. In 1956, he founded McMullen Real Estate and over the years also developed a diverse palette of businesses, restaurants and other commercial entities in Pinellas and Pasco counties. Among them were Windsor Wood Office Center in Hudson and Caladesi Cove Motel in Dunedin.

He also showed an interest in such issues as saltwater conservation, commercial fishing licensing and the preservation of water quality and natural resources.

Family friend G.P. Kunnen, in the construction and real estate development business, said of Mr. McMullen: "He was like a second father to me. I fished with him since I was knee high. He was down to earth and one of the greatest people I ever met in my life."

Mr. McMullen's brother, Paul McMullen of Clearwater, echoed those sentiments: "Dan was an honorable person ... a best-friend-type person. He did a great deal of good for many people."

Mr. McMullen was born and raised in Clearwater. He later moved to Palm Harbor, where he lived for 25 years before taking up residence in Port Richey five years ago.

He graduated from Clearwater High School and attended St. Petersburg College and Clemson University in South Carolina.

While in the state House, Mr. McMullen served as chairman of the Subcommittee on Aging and was a member of the interim committees on mental health, traffic safety and health and welfare.

He also served on the boards of several banking institutions and with the National Leukemia Society of America, Pinellas County Commission on Aging and the Port Authority for the city of Port Richey.

Kunnan summed up his friend this way: "It didn't matter if you knew Dan for 40 years or four minutes. He made you feel comfortable. He was a wonderful person."

Mr. McMullen is survived by his wife, Maribeth Hartger; two stepsons, Seth Motl of Lutz and Eli Motl of Port Richey; two stepdaughters, Ridgley Johnson of Summerville, S.C., and Susan Inglett of Bishop, Ga.; his father, D. Guy McMullen Sr. of Clearwater; a brother, Paul of Clearwater; two sisters, Linda Davidson and Laura Weikel, both of Seminole; three nephews, Brett McMullen, Paul McMullen and Kent Davidson, all of Clearwater; and many grandnieces and grandnephews.

The family will receive visitors from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens, 1750 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at First United Methodist Church, 411 Turner Street, Clearwater. Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the McMullen Cemetery on Coachman Road in Clearwater.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Metropolitan Ministries, 2002 N Florida Ave., Tampa, 33602 or to your local branch of the Salvation Army.