Donald (Don) Ray Mulanax
August 24, 1957 - March 05, 2022
Donald (Don) Ray Mulanax “Paso”, age 64, Emmett, Kansas died peacefully at his home surrounded by loved ones on Saturday, March 5, 2022. He was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer 6 months prior. He was born August 24, 1957, in Topeka, KS, to Irvan Mulanax and Regina Hanrahan Safarik. He grew up in Topeka, Delia, and St. Mary’s communities and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1975. He is a member of the Citizen Band Potawatomi Tribe and was very proud of his Native heritage.
Don worked at St Mary’s Lumber for many years, was the Emmett City Manager before he made his dream a reality as the owner/operator of Dry Creekbed Saloon in Emmett in 2013.
Don loved live music, playing different instruments, and hailed as the greatest prankster. He loved showing off new gadgets “junk” he got at garage sales or off a clearance rack. He was a loyal friend, loving husband, father and Papa. His favorite role was being Papa to all his grandchildren who adored him.
Don married Connie Sue Keller Jeanneret on December 17, 1983. With this union, he gained toddler twins, a son John and daughter Erin, who he loved as his own. A son Levi was born in 1985. Connie preceded him in death in 2012, and Levi preceded him in death in 2017.
Don married Mandy Babb on January 1, 2017. She survives at the home. He gained two more children and more grandchildren who he loved unconditionally.
Don was preceded in death by his father Irvan Mulanax in 2010, step-mother Janet Sue Thompson Mulanax in 1995, step-father Delbert Safarik in 1998, an infant brother Robert Duane Mulanax in 1955, sister-in-law Bonnie Ellen Keller Bush in 2001, sister-in-law Annette Hurla Mulanax in 2016.
He is survived by his mother Regina Safarik, Topeka KS; his children John Jeanneret and Erin Jeanneret Lacey (Matt Ross), Emmett, KS, Hunter Ramage, Mayetta, KS and Harleigh Ramage Mathe, Hoyt, KS; his Grandchildren Jayden “Slick”, Emma “Babe”, Landon “Pando”, Lilee “Lils”, Donovan “Bubs”, Kohlter, Isabella, Kasen, Jax and his beloved grand dog, D.O.G; his brothers Richard Mulanax, Wamego, KS, Mark Mulanax (Anna), Topeka, KS, Gary Mulanax (Shelly), Hoyt, KS, Chris Mulanax (Dave), San Francisco, CA, D.J. Goss and Mike Goss, Topeka, KS, and Willie Goss, Everett, WA; his sisters Deb Bussart (Erv), Topeka, KS and Janie Quiett (Kenny), Delia, KS, and many nieces and nephews.
Don will be cremated and services will be Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 5pm at Citizen Band Potawatomi Nation Community Building in Rossville, KS with a dinner and smudge ceremony. And because Don requested he go out with a bang, a short finale will follow immediately after service at Dry Creekbed Saloon in Emmett, KS.
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