DONALD “Don” ELMER MULLIKIN of Mount Airy, Maryland passed in peace at the age of 78 on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Husband of the late Teresa Giaquinta Mullikin for 50 years, who passed away eight years prior on January 19th as well – a sign that their love brought them together in eternity on this day; father of Donald Mullikin, Brian (Sheri) Mullikin, Nicole (Marc) Haberland and Patrick (Gail) Mullikin; grandfather of Connor, Luke, Siena, Benjamin, Seth, Nicholas, Gabriella, Elia and Isabel. Son of the late Elmer and Pauline Curtis Mullikin; brother of Raymond Mullikin.
Don grew up in Suitland, Maryland and was the first in his family to earn a college degree when he and his wife Teresa Giaquinta both graduated from the University of Maryland in 1964. He went on to pursue his Masters degree and then, as a young father, he earned his Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the George Washington University.
Don was a life-long civil servant beginning when he and his wife both worked in the Census Bureau. Over time, Don served in the Navy Department and then held key roles in the Department of Defense and Federal Aviation Administration.
As a father raising his family in Silver Spring, he spent time with his children working on projects related to his passion for Lionel trains, his kids' academic studies and projects, coaching his children’s sports teams, and establishing large family gardens in the tracks of land behind their first new home in the ‘70s. Don enjoyed building model planes and cars and even saved up to buy a real-life Ford Mustang later during his retirement. Don always enjoyed taking his kids, and later his grandchildren, to the big annual car shows and local collectors’s shows in Bethesda and even in Dubai. He alway enjoyed attending the annual car show at Mount Airy Bible Church, proudly displaying his red Mustang.
As a grandfather of nine, Don, who was known as “Peepaw”, was fortunate to later live among five of his grandchildren in Mt. Airy. He was a part-time art teacher and chauffeur to his grandchildren. He, and earlier in life with his wife Teresa, seemed to be constantly traveling to stay connected to the grandkids on each coast and around the world in Barcelona and Dubai.
In recent years, Don loved his ever-expanding vegetable garden in Mt. Airy. He took pride in its growth, saw it as a source of daily exercise and creativity, shared the huge bounty of vegetables, and enjoyed discussing tips and strategies with his family and friends — hoping everyone would be as passionate as he was with gardening. He continuously wanted to improve his gardening game, so he would reach out to the non-profit Frederick County Maryland 4H Horticulture organization for gardening advice.
During these difficult times when we cannot gather, please visit aphoto gallery (link below) that captures moments throughout Don's life. Feel free to upload pictures you may have in the Tribute Wall section of this web site (above).
In lieu of flowers, please comment on Don’s Tribute Wall that is part of this website or consider a donation in support of his gardening interests. Memorial contributions may be made to the non-profit Frederick County Maryland 4H Horticulture Program of Maryland in support of local youth ages 8-18 with interests in environmental and horticulture sciences. https://go.umd.edu/4hdonation
Don will be interred with his wife Teresa at All Souls Cemetery in Germantown, Md