John Curtis Mullett (Jack), beloved husband, father and “Papa”, was called home to heaven Friday, July 29th in Hilton Head Island surrounded by his wife and children. Jack was born in Boston, MA and grew up in Fairhaven, MA. He was a star athlete from a very young age playing football, basketball and baseball through high school. Spending his youth in New England gave Jack his passion for the Red Sox (which he happily passed on to his children and grandchildren!!). After graduating from Fairhaven High, Jack enlisted in the US Air Force and was initially stationed at Stewart AFB in Savannah, GA. While stationed there, he met the love of his life, Harriet. The two lovebirds were married at St John the Baptist Cathedral in Savannah, and began a glorious 66 year fairytale marriage. During the first 22 years of that beautiful union, the couple traveled the world as Jack served his country. That service included action in the Viet Nam conflict as well as assignments to Spain, Germany, the Philippines and Australia. It was also during this period that Jack and Harriet were blessed (at least we think so) with three children, Kim, Jeff and James.
Following his USAF Retirement, the family moved to Lakeland, FL where Jack worked as a store manager for Eckerd Drugs. Florida was the perfect place for him to “work on” his golf game. He developed a love for the game while in the Air Force and it gave him an outlet for his naturally competitive spirit. Jack and Harriet relocated to Hilton Head Island, SC in 2017.
In the spirit of saving the best for last, Jack was a devoted Christian who served many years as a beloved deacon. He not only spoke the good news of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, but he walked the good news. He shared his values every day and in every way with his family and many others. In every way possible, Jack is the best man we’ve ever known and he will be sorely missed. We join him in praising God for the new life he now leads.
Jack is survived by his loving wife of 66 years Harriet (Neal), his three children, Kimberly (Haworth), Jeff (wife Meredith), and James (wife Shelley), his grandchildren Keelan, Kamron, Zachary, Jaxson and Madison and 6 great grandchildren (so far).
Jack will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL on August 4, 2022. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Samaritan’s Purse Operation Heal Our Patriots.