Warner Garold McMullen (“Mac”), age 78 of Boise, Idaho, passed away peacefully on February 9, 2021, at his home, with loving wife Debra of 24 years by his side after a long battle with COPD.
He was born in Boulder, Colorado, to parents Geraldine Reed “Young” and Gayle Wayne McMullen.
Warner spent his youth in Boulder. As a young man, he recalled his first enjoyable job was selling peanuts in the stands to attend the Colorado Buffs football games. He eventually headed west, arriving to the small coastal town of Crescent City, California. There, he was employed with his brother Wayne and father Gayle “Mac” at the Crescent City Police Department, before deciding to settle down a little, just enough to get married and have his first two two sons, Gerald and Steve.
While in California, Warner enjoyed CB radios, drag racing his 58 ‘Vette and fishing salmon on the Smith River. Later on, the family moved to Boise, Idaho, where his third son, Travis, was born. In Boise, Warner starting roofing and eventually working his own business before health issues sent him to early retirement.
Hotrods and custom Harleys - he had it all - and even owned a Delorean for a time. But it was the love of his life, Debra, who put the brightest smile on his face and a gleam in his soft blue eyes. Warner was a man of few words, more of an observer, when his eye caught ahold of Debra. They married in summer of '96 with his gruffly beard, biker leathers, cleanest jeans and all. She brought out the gentle soothing side of Warner, as he became a quiet simple man. His most enjoyed hobbies were outdoors in the hills, wherever there was not much noise and crowds.
Metal detecting ghost towns and early mining camps from the 1800’s gold rush was his main passion, which he enjoyed equally with two of his boys. He also enjoyed taking the occasional vacation to the coast with his wife Debra to hunt the gravel bar beaches for agates on the shoreline, fishing the depths of the Snake River trying to hook the elusive and mighty dinosaurs (sturgeon), or fighting a steelhead in the cold clear waters of Idaho. Mac, as the other fishermen knew him, also enjoyed making/selling sinkers in the later years, just so he could chat fishing stories and share pics of trophies past.
Mac is survived by his wife Debra of Boise, his youngest son Travis of Boise, middle son Steve of Post Falls, and his oldest, Gerald “Gerry” of Boise, as well as nieces and nephews from both sides.
The family will hold a small private graveside service on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, as this was one of his remaining requests.
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