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Scion of pioneer family in Pinellas dies of cancer

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 in Port Richey. He was 72.

Mr. McMullen developed a diverse palette of businesses, restaurants and other commercial entities in Pinellas and Pasco counties. He was active in saltwater conservation, commercial fishing, water quality and natural resources.

Mr. McMullen was born and raised in Clearwater and lived in Palm Harbor and Port Richey. He served as chairman of the state House Subcommittee on Aging and was a member of committees on mental health, traffic safety and health and welfare.

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 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.