Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Alan Jay Mulder, BHS '67, Passed Away June 10, 2017

Oh this is so sad to read. Just received an email from Joanne Yoffee Furer who is helping locate folks for our upcoming reunion:

Hi Jim and Cathy,
This is the difficult part of locating our friends and classmates. Yesterday, I told you that I left a message for Alan Mulder. Besides being friends at BHS, we were history majors together at UCLA. Alan commuted from Burbank, but often spent time with Burbank friends who lived on campus.

I realized that I heard something about a landscaping business when I left the message for Alan. Last night I was curious about Alan getting into the landscaping business, so I Googled that – only to make a heartbreaking discovery. There was an article describing the sadness of a local worker killed by a passing automobile in Agoura, CA. The article was from June 15 of this year; Alan died from the accident on June 10, 2017. The article includes a beautiful family photo that includes his wife (Margie), 2 sons (Christopher & Michael), 2 daughters-in-law and 8 grandchildren.

Here is the link to the article: http://www.theacorn.com/news/2017-06-15/Community/Worker_killed_while_stopped_on_Reyes_Adobe_Road.html

I’m not sure that anyone is checking the business phone. I’ll try to see if there is a way to reach Alan’s family to let them know friends from BHS’67 send our condolences and love.

Life is so fragile and precious.


Worker killed while stopped on Reyes Adobe Road

By Sylvie Belmond


The Mulder family gathers for a photo during a 2016 vacation to Santa Cruz. Alan Mulder and his wife, Margie, are seated in front. Courtesy of Christopher Mulder

Alan Mulder, a 68-year-old landscape contractor and family patriarch, sustained fatal injuries Saturday, June 10 when a passing car struck him while he was standing next to his work truck on Reyes Adobe Road in Agoura Hills.

Mulder was working on a landscaping job for the City of Agoura Hills along the north side of the road near Rainbow Crest when the accident occurred shortly before 1 p.m.

While his work truck and utility wagon were parked on the shoulder of the road, a car driven by a 74-year-old woman approached from behind.

“She apparently thought she had sufficient clearance to pass, but must have misjudged it so she hit the back of the utility trailer and sideswiped the vehicle until she reached the truck driver’s door where Mulder was standing and getting ready to enter his truck,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Detective David Huelsen said.

Mulder was transported to Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks where he died from his injuries.

The driver who hit Mulder stopped and cooperated with authorities. Her name was not released, and the cause of the accident is still under investigation, Huelsen said.

Mulder is survived by his wife, Margie, who is a retired teacher from the Las Virgenes Unified School District; two adult sons, Christopher and Michael, and their wives; and eight grandchildren.

He and his wife came to Agoura Hills more than 25 years ago.

“He was a faithful, dedicated, hard-working husband, father, grandfather, brother and son,” the Mulder family told The Acorn in a statement.

He served as a deacon at Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Sun Valley.

Mulder grew up in Burbank and earned a history degree from UCLA.

He later became a licensed landscape contractor and arborist, and founded Agoura Hills-based Savanna Landscape Inc., which has provided lawn care and landscaping services to commercial and residential clients in Ventura and Los Angeles counties for the past 30 years.

Memorial donations may be made to the two charities he supported: World Vision and The Salvation Army


July 6 2017 photo posted on Facebook of Alan's memorial service by classmate, Eliede Dross Pounds


Don Ray
How sad. We spent lots of time together on Angeleno, in school, and out hanging around. He, Bill Bric, Kent Barcus and I were Burbank Police Explorers together. He, Larry Hoberman, John Ferguson, Ron Panich and I played little league on the same team. Alan, Paul Munch, Julie Fear and I took driver training together with Pete LePera. Alan recruited me to join the Burbank Track Club after high school. When I got back from Vietnam and was stationed in Detroit, I drove to Grand Rapids to visit him and his sister Joyce at the religious college they were attending. I last spoke with him in February, 1974 when we were both at community hospital. His father was dying. So was my stepfather. I regret that we didn't remain in touch. So many stories together.

Adele Bassett

Suzanne Lane Richard
So sad. Alan was always so nice. 😢

Kent Barcus
Alan easily was one of the most likeable people at BHS; a genuine asset to any group he was in.

Bob Nugent
Yes, very nice guy! Had many classes with him. So sad especially with the reunion so close. R

Diana Dunnagan
Too bad. One of the good ones

Pat Bushman
My condolences to his family. Rest In Peace.

David Hourigan
A very good guy. RIP

Carol Forrand Tallakson
Very Sad😢

Judy Smith
So sad!

Jeanne Barron Aikman
So sorry to read this.

Mary Boriso Jordan
Oh, my....so very soory. Love and prayers to the family. Rest in Peace Alan. You will be missed.

Mary Joan Swartzbaugh

Mary Maxham Healey
So unfortunate. RIP.

Robbin Moore
So sad. RIP

Eliede Pounds
The nicest person and my friend growing up. Praying for the family.

Diane Ward
Very sorry to read this. RIP

Lucinda Zeigler
Sending good thoughts to the family

Louise Good Hernandez
Such a senseless loss of life. Our condolences to his family and my classmate and Alan's sister, Joyce.

Julie Guttridge
Tragic tragic accident. So sorry for the family 😪

Anthy Hellmers
What a shame.

Waneen Cormier Post-Marks
Thoughts and prayers for his family

Nadine Aguirre Lujan
So tragic. RIP

1 comment:

  1. I remember Alan at Burbank High as a straight-up, honorable guy. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Mulder family.