Michael James Mullin

Michael James Mullin, age 22, of Jordan, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 8, 2019. 

After having a Grand Mal Seizure in early January, it had been a tremendous struggle with his Diabetes to get his body back on track and to cooperate. As a result, he ended up not being able to cope and suddenly decided to end his own life. 

Michael’s amazing life began on May 9, 1996. He was born in Edina, MN to loving and devoted parents, Joe and Kris Mullin and to big brother, David. From a very early age, his soul and character were well beyond his years. Michael was always in search of an adventure.  He was special and exceptional in many ways. Michael was extremely intelligent, and his vocabulary was always off the charts. He was always very knowledgeable and up on local news and world events. Michael had this amazing spirit and a kind and gentle heart. He was funny and very quick witted but his actions were always genuine. Michael was a very disciplined person and always followed “the rules”. In the office, the people affectionately referred to him as “Matter of Fact Mike”. He had an amazing memory and attention to detail, and was always very focused. 

Michael’s biggest passion was being surrounded by those he loved the most, his family. Michael had such a gift in being able to connect with people of all ages. He idolized his big brother, David. When Joe and Kris brought Michael home from the hospital, David asked, “How long will he be staying?” Over the years, the two brothers would become each other’s best friend. Michael had a special bond with each of his aunts and uncles too. He spent a lot of time staying connected to all of the people in his life. Michael made regular phone calls to his “Aunt” Patty down in Arizona.  He loved all of his cousins and treasured their relationships as well. Michael especially loved his younger cousins, Scott and Sam and saw himself as a role model to them.  When it came to his grandparents, they always held a special place in Michael’s heart. In more recent years, he especially loved doting on his Grandma Marlene.   

Michael graduated from Jordan High School in 2014. Through the years, he has been fortunate to establish many great friendships. Michael remained particularly close with Bjorn Solberg and also with Will Sharkey & Tony Eichten. When Michael was younger he enjoyed bowling, and more recently, watching series TV shows and movies along with his weekly trips to Barnes and Noble. He had a passion for board games and was quite competitive when it came to Aggravation, his very favorite game. He started working in the family business washing trucks around the age of 10, and continued to do so throughout his teenage years. After graduating from high school, Michael started attending Hennepin Technical College where his focus was on earning a degree in Business and Accounting. He then began working part time in the office with billing and payroll to help run the family business, Mullin Trucking. 

Michael had been a very successful diabetic in the previous 10 years. Both of his grandfather’s had been diabetics as well. He learned much from them, and was very disciplined and committed to his health. After the seizure in January, Michael’s body never really wanted to cooperate. It was a daily struggle, and he and his family were working to help him through those challenges. After Michael’s passing, he was able to help others with the ultimate gift of life through organ and tissue donation.   

Michael will be forever missed by his loving parents, Joe and Kris Mullin; brother, David Mullin (Emily Schmitz); grandmother, Marlene Mullin (Bob Wolf); many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. 

Welcoming Michael home in heaven are his grandparents, Gary and Karen Anfinsen and Dick Mullin; as well as his loving Aunt Marlys and Uncle Jim.  

A private family service will be held. Memorials are preferred and will be distributed in Michael’s memory. Memorials can be sent in honor of him to Ballard-Sunder Funeral and Cremation 104 West First Street, Jordan, MN 55352 and will be passed on to his family. 

Ballard-Sunder Funeral and Cremation proudly served and cared for the Mullin family. 

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  1. Mikey… your smile, kind heart and loving personality will truly be missed. I loved coming to visit at the office and chatting with you about anything and everything. I love you, I’m praying for you and I know your grandpa and my grandma are welcoming you with open arms. Give them hugs for me too. I will miss you and love you always!!!

  2. Catherine T Zandstra

    Joe, Kris and Family

    We are so sorry for your loss. May your strength in each other get you through this very difficult time.
    You were so blessed having Michael in your lives and the heartfilled memories will always be with you.

    God Bless,

    Cathy Zandstra/LeRoy Koehnen
    Pat/Kayla Zandstra and Family
    Nick/Nancy Zandstra and Family

  3. Tom and Cathy Armstrong

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. So very sorry for your loss! Cathy and I will always remember Mikes smiling face!
    Love,
    Tom and Cathy

  4. Kris and Joe,
    So sorry to see your son passed away. Praying for all of you.

  5. Marlene, Joe, Kris, David and Emily,

    What a loss Mikey is to you, his friends, to the extended Mullin and JMT family and to the world.
    It was my honor to watch Mikey grow into the man he became. Such a good and gentle soul. Quick with wit and a turn of phrase, Mikey brought me many laughs over the years. I appreciated his knowledge and spin on politics and current events. His take on things always reminded me of his grandpa Dick and I was grateful for that.
    I never seen Miley laugh harder than when him and David came to my house and David wanted to hold my big cat BIGGYBOY. BIGGYBOY ended up ripping David a good one and me and Mikey laughed for a year or two over that. I hope you’re giving him lots of treats in heaven, Mikey.
    You’ll be sorely missed.

    Steve and Carri Cornish

  6. Lori (Burnham) Coleman

    So sorry for your loss My condolences to the Mullin family

  7. Amanda Arndt(Cornish)

    Deepest sympathies during this difficult time. I know Mickey brought so much joy to everyone he was around. My dad always had plenty of kind, funny, heartfelt stories to tell of the Mullin boys. And I always looked forward to hearing about the most recent adventures that would keep my dad laughing for hours as he was telling the story. I hope you find peace in these hard times. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  8. Joe, Kris, David and the Mullin Trucking family,
    We are so sad to hear of Mikey’s passing. Words can’t express the sorrow and pain you must be feeling.
    You have been dear friends of ours for many years and know we are praying for you through the coming weeks.

    We love you guys! God Bless you all.
    Lisa, Mike, TJ and Steven

  9. I didn’t know Michael or any of his family. I actually read about him on a mutual friend’s FB page. My heart breaks for your family and am so sorry for your loss. God Bless you all with peace and understanding.

  10. Brett &Melanie Uhde

    Thoughts and prayers go out to all the Mullin family at this time, so sorry for your loss of Mikey .
    I will always remember him from days joking around at the wash shop and his sort of humor !

  11. Stephanie Olstad

    I don’t know that I have the words to express my sympathies to your family. I am so sorry for this huge loss. I pray that you will find comfort in the love of family and friends. Sending so much love and many, many prayers for all of you.

    Love to you all,
    Steph & Terry Olstad

  12. Jacqueline Dymit

    With deepest sympathy and prayers,
    May God give you strength.

  13. Our entire family weeps with you, words cannot express the anguish you must be feeling. Our family is praying for you that our loving Savior will comfort you and carry you. We wish you love and peace. We are deeply sorry for your extreme loss.
    Love and Blessings
    Stephen and Kimberly Niosi

  14. I’m sorry for your loss. Mikey was a good buddy of mine in high school and he will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

  15. Joe and Kris- we are so saddened to hear of the passing of Mike! Wishing words could help you heal, sending hugs and prayers to help you all during this difficult time! God Bless you all!
    Prayers, Vern and Cindy Pieper and family

  16. Jessica Barnd, Jordan High School

    I was so sorry to hear of Mikey’s passing. May your family continue to comfort one another through this difficult time. May sadness flow through you peacefully as you receive love and support from the community.

  17. Kim and Floyd Fortin

    Our deepest and sincere condolences to the entire Mlullin Family. Your family has treated my brother, Paul Werner and his family, as your own. You’ve attended our Mom and Dad’s funerals as family does. Our hearts are broken for your loss. I pray your great memories help you through this most difficult time. I’m sure Mike is in Heaven with Grandpa Dick watching over all of you. I pray sharimg his precious life memories help you every day.

  18. Condolence to the Mullin family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Joel and Michelle Thiele family

  19. My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends. May you find some comfort in the promise found in Revelation 21: 3-4 and 1 Thessalonians 4:14. Knowing that there is an opportunity to be reunited with loved ones.

  20. Barb and ken lenzen

    So very sorry for your loss may he rest in heaven and may the lord be there to comfort you at this difficult time.

  21. I am so sorry for your loss. Will be praying for your whole family for peace. From what I have heard about Michael he was a kind and wonderful young man…

  22. Timothy M Baldwin

    Agatha and I are so sorry for your lost. Though we didn’t know Michael personally, Michelle talked about him and his tremendous spirit. We know he will be greatly missed by you and the Mullins Trucking family.

  23. Kristy & Joe, I am so sorry for your loss. You have my thoughts and prayers.

  24. Andy & Chris Rice

    Deepest sincere sympathies to the entire family. We pray that gods grace brings comfort , and in time peace to your whole family. God blessings and love to you all.

  25. I am so very sorry to learn of Michael’s passing. Though he and Jacob didn’t keep in touch over the years, I have always been very grateful for their friendship when they were in preschool and kindergarten. Sending you all much love.

  26. Art, Helen and Katherine

    Joe, Kris and David,
    Sending you heartfelt prayers. Our hearts are so hurting for you all. Mikey was such a sweet, kind, smart and witty young man.
    He will be truly missed but the memories will always be with you.
    Sending big hugs to you in this very difficult time.
    Love to you all

  27. Joe and family

    Words cannot express the sadness of this.
    I’m so sorry for your loss – he sounds like a wonderful person.

    You’re in my thoughts

    Jean Radeztsky (Jefferson class o 78)

  28. Michael & Leisha Gregg

    As friends of Michaels family (Howies) we are deeply saddened by your loss. Our prayers are with you all. Michaels suffering is over. God Bless.

  29. Rose Gulbranson

    My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time. I remember Mikey as a 5th grader and still cherish his smile every year when I put up the Santa sticking he gifted me. May he now be at peace and remembered for all his strengths.

    Sympathy,
    Mrs Gulbranson

  30. Andrea adams hudson

    I am good friend of Lisa saline. I recall meeting you when I lived with them in Shakopee. I’m so sorry to hear Of your loss.

  31. Joe, Kris, David, Marlene & the entire Mullin’s family,
    My heart breaks for all of you. While I was only honored to meet Mikey one time, he left an impression I will never forget. He was a selfless, helpful person the day I met him and was more concerned about others than he was himself. Later that day, I sat across from Mikey at lunch and I was impressed with how present he was in the conversation and in the moment. I remember how genuine he was. Such a beautiful soul. I felt like I knew him from all the stories and special moments my sister shared with me about her time with him. I especially loved the stories of their inside jokes. He brought smiles to so may people! Please hold all of the special memories and stories of your beautiful son to guide you through this time of sorrow and know he was special to so many. Love to you all, Shonna Hynick

  32. Kris
    Words cannot begin to express how heartbroken I am for you and your family … I pray for God to give you peace and strength … You are in my thoughts and prayers

  33. My prayers are with you and your family on this day. There are no words that will relieve your pain, but God will help you gain some peace. You have my deepest sympathy.

  34. Mary & Cliff Klehr

    Dearest Grandma Marlene, Bob & Michael’s Family,
    We were so sorry & sad to hear of Michael’s death after 10 years of good control of his diabetes. It really hits home with a son-in-law with severe Diabetes.
    We are so sorry for the hopelessness that he felt with this chronic disease. Know that you are all in our prayers st this difficult time & all children, teens @ their parents going through similar struggles.
    Thanks for being the loving, caring, good parents & Grandoarents that you were. We can all learn a lesson from this with the life he lived, the person he was, the adventure he loved, & the special place he had in your hearts. God has a special star in heaven!

  35. Jon and Monica Nichols

    Dear Mullin Family,

    We are sorry to hear that you have lost Michael.
    We send you our deepest condolences and pray that you would be comforted in beautiful ways every day from now on.
    May the peace of the Lord be with you and comfort you in this time of grief.

  36. Kris
    Words cannot begin to express how heartbroken I am for you and your family. I pray for God to give you peace and strength …. You are in my thoughts and prayers

  37. The Stemig Family

    We are so heartbroken for you. Michael was such a kind and gentle soul. What a sweet guy! He was so happy and patient. He was so lucky to have the best parents, brother, and grandparents to support him! You are in our thoughts and prayers. We hope you feel all the love and support to get through the difficult days.
    Love,
    Dave, Cherie, Jacob and Lexy

  38. Marlene,
    I was with some Bloomington teachers today and they told me about your grandson’s death. I read his obituary and he sounded to be an AWESOME young man. My hope is all those good memories will give you some comfort. I just wanted you do know how sorry I am and I am thinking about you and your family.
    Warmly,
    Diane

  39. CIZMIC Zana and Zlatan

    Kris
    Word cannot begin to express how heartbroken We are for you and your family.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers

  40. Cory Schoenberger

    My deepest and most sincere condolences go out to Kris, Joe, and David. Most of my favorite childhood memories were with Mikey, those of which i will always cherish and never forget. After coming to Jordan is 1st grade, right away he was my bestfriend up until about highschool when we slowly drifted apart. I had the pleasure of seeing him again when I did some work at the mullin residence a couple years ago. It was great reconnecting with him since the last time at graduation. He was always such a nice, humble, and caring person. I dont think anyone could ever get angry at Mikey lol. The mood would never be down or boring when he was around. Ill miss you greatly buddy!

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