Service and courage make Dick 'Moon' Mullen a community hero

Dick 'Moon" Mullens
Dick 'Moon" Mullens

Dick “Moon” Mullen is a retired Naval officer and Naval aviator. During his service he was shot down over North Vietnam and became a prisoner of war for six years. After retirement he worked as an aerospace engineer and in real estate.

Mullen graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in economics. He has been active in the community through the La Jolla Kiwanis Club, serving as president twice and as Lt. Governor of Division 21. He was instrumental in starting the La Jolla Kiwanis Jr. Olympics that will mark its 20


anniversary on May 17.

Mullen has been a member of La Jolla Presbyterian Church for 30 years, serving as a Deacon and Elder.

What brought you to La Jolla?

I was a new ensign in the Navy reporting to my first Fighter Squadron then called Naval Air Station Miramar. It wasn’t long before I discovered La Jolla and immediately fell in love with the community. My friends and I rented a home on old Ardath Road called Stables Irving. For a Chicago boy this was like heaven!

What makes this area special to you?

La Jolla has all the scenic charm that captures the imagination of great artists – the Cove, Children’s Pool, WindanSea beach and Torrey Pines. The village itself exudes charm and quaintness that is very special.

If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract or improve in the area?

Three conditions come to mind. First, the potholes on our streets are deplorable. We must make the necessary repairs in our village. Second, with more electrical demands over the years the power lines and poles are beginning to look like a bunch of porcupines. We have to move forward with plans to put these lines underground. Third, it appears to me that loading zones and temporary parking spaces are taking up a disproportional amount of parking spaces in town. I think parking spaces should be increased.

Who or what inspires you?

I was inspired by the opportunities that continually opened up for me through the love and support of my family and church. With its support, and if you are willing to work hard, this country opens its arms to you.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

I enjoy learning about the lives of our past presidents, therefore, I would invite John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and of course, my wife and two daughters.

Tell us about what you are reading.

I am currently reading “Decision Points” by George W. Bush.

What is your most-prized possession?

That would be my home here in La Jolla that I bought in 1965, and my garden.

What do you do for fun?

I enjoy traveling around the world, golfing with my buddies, and cycling around San Diego Bay on a tandem bike with my wife. The bike was a wedding present from my daughters when we married 10 years ago!

Describe your greatest accomplishment.

That would be having served 30 years in the U.S. Navy as a Naval aviator, landing and taking off on aircraft carriers, and fighting to keep America free.

What is your motto or philosophy of life?

“Keep the faith and press on.”



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