Obituary of Darwin Mueller
Darv was born May 3, 1927 in Hazen, North Dakota. On September 23, 2017, he died peacefully in his sleep at his University Place, Washington home. Darv was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Lucille “Lu” Mueller, his parents Harold and Ida Mueller, and his only sibling, Margaret “Marge” Donovan.
Darv enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944 and was in boot camp when the armistice was signed that ended WWII. He then joined the Air Force and obtained a law degree from the University of North Dakota, working as a judge advocate general (JAG) for the remainder of his military career. While stationed in Alabama in 1958, he met and married Lu, an Air Force flight nurse. He retired from the military in 1976, having attained the rank of Major. He then began a second career as an educator, teaching law and math courses at community colleges throughout the Puget Sound area. Darv was a dedicated father to his two children, Brian and Brenda, and the proud grandfather of Kira, Brigham, Maurnet, Arianna, Michael, Brienne, Matthew, and Lexi. Darv also cared deeply for his nephews Mike, Pat, and Terry Donovan.
Darv was an avid reader. He particularly liked legal thrillers, often finishing several books in a week. He also enjoyed completing daily crossword puzzles, attending a senior exercise class at Lakewood Community Center, walking his beloved dog, Sampson, and weekly “Pie Night” at Shari’s with his buddies. His wife Lu was passionate about dancing so Darv took dance lessons; the pair enjoyed many hours square dancing, round dancing, and ballroom dancing. He always looked forward to visits to his hometown of Hazen, ND. He cherished time spent there with family and old friends, and happily stocked up on his favorite German foods. Darv was known for his sense of humor, particularly his bad puns and off-color jokes, his love of ice cream and chocolate, his collection of funny t-shirts, and his generous nature. He donated to dozens of charities and never failed to offer support to people in need.
The Mueller family expresses our gratitude to friends, family, and health care professionals who loved, prayed for, and took care of Darv during the final months of his life. Although we are deeply saddened by his death, we know that Darv’s generous, kind spirit will live on, mostly especially in the hearts of the many people who knew and loved him.