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Obituary: Mulvany, John Knight

MULVANY, John Knight Passed away at Hospice House on June 20, 2013 at the age of 80. His loved ones were by his side. John was born in Berkeley, California to Harry and Mildred Mulvany. He attended the University of California at Berkeley before serving three years in the U.S. Army Signal Corp during the Korean War. In 1958, he graduated from Armstrong College with a B.S. degree in Industrial Management. During his college years, he worked for Mulvany Automatic Equipment Company, a family owned firm. While in college, he met his wife, Megan Ann Marion Higgins, and they were married on July 19, 1958. John and Megan lived in the Bay Area for ten years and had three children. During this time, John was a purchasing manager for three companies including Philco/Ford Corporation in Palo, Alto, California where he was engaged primarily in the procurement of group support equipment for satellite tracking stations for the U.S. Airforce. After moving his family to Spokane in 1968, he worked for Gonzaga University as a Purchasing Officer. He also worked for five years for American Sign and Indicator. In addition, he was a co-founder of Output Technology Corporation, a company engaged in the design and manufacturing of a high speed dot matrix printer for the electronics industry. John continued working as a electronics distributor until the age of 78. John was a beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, and friend. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, his love of a great story, and his musical ability. He grew up in a musical family and played cello in the Oakland Youth Symphony and continued to play for many years. John loved sports and was a big fan of Gonzaga basketball. While working at Gonzaga University, he joined the Knights of Columbus and was a longtime member. John also had a love/hate relationship with the game of golf and always looked forward to playing on Sundays with his friends and his son, Colin. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Richard Mulvany, and his sister, Katherine Mulvany Lawrence. He is survived by his wife Megan, his children Megan Nancy Mulvany and her husband, Gary Saling; Colin Mulvany and his wife Kim Mulvany; and Burke Mulvany. He is also survived by his granddaughters, Shannon and Brenna Mulvany. A Memorial Service will be held in July. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Spokane.