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Bruce Marvin Mitchell

 

August 2, 2018

Bruce Marvin Mitchell

Bruce Marvin Mitchell was born in Whittier, Calif. on Sept. 19, 1929. He entered into rest on July 21, 2018 in Ventura, Calif. One of the kindest and most loving men there ever was, Bruce grew up in Burbank, Calif.

Upon receiving his bachelor's degree from Whittier College, he was drafted into the Army where he served two years in Japan during the Korean War. He used the GI Bill to earn his master's degree from USC and then his doctorate in education from University of Denver.

Bruce met the love of his life, Radell Hall, at a party in 1957. They were married in Denver, Colo. on Oct. 29, 1957 and shared 60 wonderful years of marriage together. Over the years they welcomed three children, Janet, Lisa and Jeff.

In 1968, Bruce moved his family from Goleta, Calif. where he served as teacher and principal to Cheney. He was a much loved and esteemed professor at Eastern Washington University for 30 years. He could always be found playing pick-up basketball games with the students earning him the nickname "Doc." During his time at Eastern, he co-founded Satori, a camp for gifted students, which just celebrated its 35th year.

Bruce was a lover of New Orleans' Jazz, the ocean, sports of any kind and animals, especially his beloved cat Callie. He was a gifted writer, published author, piano player and punster. Most importantly, Bruce was a fiercely loyal family man. He loved his family without abandon. He was a devoted husband and father who always let his children know how much they were loved. When you visited their home, dad always greeted us with a smile, a hug and a happy "I'm great now that you're here."

Bruce is survived by his loving family; wife Radell Mitchell (60 years), daughters Janet (Tom) Morton, Lisa (Mike) York and son Jeff (Traci) Mitchell; grandchildren Natalie, Calvin, Sarah (Mitchell), Emily and Nick (Morton), Nolan (Morgan) and Jarek York and newborn great-grandson Yadin York.

Until we meet again dad, your love and dedication of your life for us will carry us through. In the meantime, "last tag, you're it."

 

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