Gerald L. Mullins

MONTE VISTA — Born the youngest child of a miner, general store owner, and the postmaster, Gerald “Moon” Mullins, also knick-named by his grandmother and known in the Cotopaxi community as “Puggy”, was born on June 24, 1934.

In the family home in Cotopaxi, Colorado to Hugh Patrick and Orilee Mullins. With his family and friends, he grew up in the tiny community playing and hunting deer in the surrounding hills and fishing in the Arkansas River. Moon graduated from Cotopaxi High School in 1952.

After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force spending the better part of his four-year stint in Tucson, Arizona as a radio and electronics engineer. Upon his honorable discharge in 1956, Moon returned to Colorado and enrolled at Adams State College where he studied history and education. During his senior year in college, he completed his student teaching at Cotopaxi High School before graduating in 1960. Having met the love of his life while teaching her in high school, Moon and Phyllis (Adams) were married that same year. Over the years, they lived in Bailey, Gunnison, and Monte Vista, Colorado where they worked and raised their three kids.

Moon earned in his Master’s degree in Counseling and worked as a high school counselor in Gunnison and then Monte Vista, where he then retired. They owned and operated the Fabric Barrel as well as Moon’s Pro Shop in Monte Vista.

In retirement, they traveled across the country, wintered for years in Arizona playing golf, and went to Ireland. Eventually, they settled in Colorado City, Colorado. Moon enjoyed playing golf with his lovely wife, friends and family, playing bridge, and going to the mountains. He was an avid hunter and fly fisherman. He taught his son, daughters, and grandchildren to love the outdoors as well.

As a historian, Moon also loved researching and writing about Cotopaxi and his family history. Mostly, though, with his wife, he loved his family. They put a million miles on their car traveling to all of their grand kid’s sporting events. He and Phyllis loved watching all of them, and rarely missed one of their competitions.

Moon went to heaven to be with his wife on April 27, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents Hugh and Orilee, two brothers Johnnie and Hughee, and his wife Phyllis. He is survived by his children, Kana (Greg) Condon, Katrina (Albert) Francis and Monte (Stacie) Mullins as well as her grandchildren Chase (Jill), Kyle (Tammi) and Heath (Katy) Francis, Luke and Arika Condon, Taelor (Brandon) Sanchez, Clay and Faithe. Moon is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Jaycee, Jessa, Brady and Rynlee Francis. Also surviving him are siblings, Idell Clark and Glenn Mullins, in addition to many much-loved nieces and nephews.

Donations can be made to Friends of Hollydot at P.O. Box 19621, Colorado City, CO 81019, or the Joni Fair Hospice House at 1207 Pueblo Blvd. Way, Pueblo, CO 81005. Services will be announced for a later date and location. Online condolences at


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