Blake Baker Mulvany, Age: 82
Oct 20, 1936 -- Jun 4, 2019

Blake Baker Mulvany, 82, died Tuesday, June 4th and has returned to God. Visitation will be held at Church of the Nativity, 3800 West 119th Street, Leawood, KS 66209 on Monday, June 10th from 4:00 – 7:00 pm where family and friends may offer prayer and words of hope. A rosary will be prayed at 4:00 pm. The funeral liturgy will follow the next day at 11:00 am in the church. Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery at a later date. Blake was born October 20, 1936 along with his twin brother Mark, who precedes him in eternity. They were the eldest children of Blake Searle and Elizabeth (Baker) Mulvany of Kansas City, MO. He attended St. Francis Xavier Elementary School, Rockhurst and Hogan High Schools and Rockhurst College all in Kansas City, MO. After graduation from Rockhurst in May of 1957, Blake married the love of his life, Rose Ann (McGuire) on June 8, 1957 and then accepted a position to teach History, Social Studies, Psychology and Economics at Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City, KS. His career at Ward spanned 27 years until 1984. During his time there he served as teacher, dean of students, coach, director of athletics and facilities, Ward’s first lay Principal and its first President. In his 8 years as a basketball coach, he compiled a 118-55 record, and ranked in the top 10 of the metropolitan area 7 out of 8 years and was selected by his peers as Coach of the Year twice (1968 & 1971). During his time at Ward, Blake earned his M.A. in Educational Administration from UMKC in order to become Principal and eventually President. In 1984, he became the Regional Superintendent of the Johnson County Schools for the Archdiocese of KCKs. During these four years he oversaw the building of three elementary schools and a new high school. From 1988 to 1996 Blake served as the first President and Chief Administrator of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park, KS. From 1996-2003 he served as the Superintendent of the Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of KCKs which included 7 high schools and 42 elementary schools in 17 counties in the state of Kansas. It was during this time period that he ran visioning groups to begin the work for what would become St. James Academy in Lenexa, KS. From 2003-2006 he became the Director of the Catholic Education Foundation which he helped to form in 1997. From 2006-2010 he served as director of Parish Operations at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish in Kansas City, MO. Associations and Awards included: past President of the Secondary Principals Association of KCK; past member of the Advisory Board of Avila College; past member Donnelly College Board of Advisors; speaker at the national conventions of the National Association of Secondary Schools, NCEA and the North Central Association; in 1998 he was appointed by the governor of Kansas to the Educate America Act Board of Directors; past member of the Providence Medical Center Board of Directors; first Chairman of the Kauffman Fund of Greater Kansas City; past member of the North Central Association of College and Secondary Schools Executive Board; past member of the Advisory Committee of the Kansas Association for Non-Public Schools; past chairman of the Advisory Board on Accreditation to the Kansas State Board of Education; past member of the National Catholic Education Association; past member of the North Central Association State Committee in Kansas; first chairman of the National Catholic Development Conference High School Division; founding chairman and past president of the KCK Athletic League; Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Saint Mary University, Leavenworth, KS; selected to the Midwest Education Hall of Fame in 1997; named Alumnus of the Year by Rockhurst University in 1999; received the John Vaughn Award for educational excellence, the highest recognized award by the North Central Association (now AdvancED); inducted into the Kansas State High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2005. Blake educated and coached countless students, each learning what they needed to guide them through life. He was the educator who spent hours teaching parents in the ways of the heart about what is most important in the life of a child. He instructed educators about effective teaching so that all young people could realize their potential. He was a tutor for the business world that surrounded the schools, helping them to fulfill their responsibility to the young people of tomorrow. Blake tenderly and carefully instructed his own children in the values that are most important to his faith. He walked the halls of schools all over this archdiocese and this country and he found Jesus in every class room, behind every hall door, in every lunch room and at every desk. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Rose Ann, his children Patrick McGuire and Megan Ann Mulvany, his parents, his siblings Mark, Fred, Beth, Mike and many family members, friends, colleagues, former students and players all who awaited his return home. Survivors include his children B. Kevin (Mary) Mulvany of Lenexa; Tim (Sandy) Mulvany of Roeland Park; Mick Mulvany of Lawrence; Dan Mulvany of Overland Park; Lisa (Craig) Kohnle of Olathe; Tricia (Keith) Arnold of Shawnee; Rose (John) Mulvany-Henry of Kansas City, KS; Kelly Mulvany of Olathe and Ryan (Andrea) Mulvany of Kansas City, MO. He is also survived by his grandchildren Pat Mulvany, David (Krissy) Mulvany, Megan (Jason) Carrier, Blake Mulvany, Timmy Mulvany, Danny (Julie) Mulvany, Caitlin Mulvany, Colin Mulvany, Justin (Sophia) Henry, Michael Walker, Steven (Darrian) Walker, John Kohnle, Matt Walker, Molly Mulvany, Henry Mulvany, 8 great grandchildren and Blake’s dear friend Sheryl Leavey. Blake’s request is that in lieu of flowers memorials be sent directly to the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, the Sister Servants of Mary or to any of the Catholic elementary or high schools in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas in his name. You may also send the memorials in care of the funeral home.



Condolences

Michelle Scanlon Jun 05 ,2019

Friend ,Kansas City ,Kansas

It is with a heavy heart that I offer the entire Mulvaney family my deepest condolences, as they have lost a truly great and caring Father, Grandfather, Brother and Uncle. I must also say the the world has also lost one of the better human beings on the planet. He was an exceptional man who touched the lives of everyone he knew. Blake Mulvaney you will be missed!!!!

Holy Family Church Jun 06 ,2019

Church ,Kansas City ,Kansas

The parishioners of Holy Family Church, (Strawberry Hill), Kansas City, Kansas send their heartfelt condolences to the Mulvany family. "Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen."

Holy Family Church Jun 06 ,2019

Church ,Kansas City ,Kansas

The parishioners of Holy Family Church, (Strawberry Hill), Kansas City, Kansas send their heartfelt condolences to the Mulvany family. "Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen."

Mary K. Hurla Jun 06 ,2019

former student ,Tonganoxie ,Kansas

My deepest sympathies to the Mulvany family. Mr. Mulvany was my American History instructor at Ward. We were in the midst of a heated national general election with John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon during that year. I will never forget his statement about thinking about why and who you were going to vote for. He said," Don't be like some people who would vote for a jackass (four legged kind) if they put him up to run and called him a Democrat. I always remember his admonition, when standing in the voting booth!

A. J. Wilcox Jun 06 ,2019

student ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Best mentor ever. Great neighbor. Great family. Neat wife. Always enjoyed coach as a teacher, mentor. I must have done something right...he sent me to get his lunch daily at Providence Hospital, He knew a guy who wanted out of class when he saw one. :-) Coach...May you rest in peace.....and pray for me that I will join you there as well. :-)

Mike&Mary Beth Forsythe Jun 06 ,2019

Friends and former students ,Shawnee ,Kansas

We have admired and respected Mr Mulvany for over 50 years, since our days at our beloved Bishop Ward High School. It was our pleasure and honor to reconnect with this wonderful man over the past several years. He asked us to call him Blake, but we just couldn't bring ourselves to do so. He was, and always will be, MISTER Mulvany! Our deepest sympathy to his family. Mike and Mary Beth (Plese) Forsythe, Class of 1966

(Kathy) Mrs Robert B Rogers Jun 06 ,2019

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Bob and I are grateful for knowing and loving both Mark and Blake. The relationship that Bob had with these brothers was extraordinary. It was a favored experience. Blake was such a deep and passionate mentor to Bob and a leader to so many. All the boys are patting each other on the back, hugging and telling jokes now and keeping watch over us as we live out our lives with their Blessing. Rest In Peace.

Kathi Rohr Jun 06 ,2019

Friend ,Shawnee ,Kansas

I have never met a kinder, more genuine, hard-working and loving soul than Blake Mulvany. I feel blessed to have known him. He was a mentor, confidant and friend. He will be greatly missed! Kathi

Stephen Trimble Jun 06 ,2019

Former Student (64-68) ,Houston ,Texas

R. I. P Mr. Mulvaney. You have earned it.

Mary Mulvany Jun 06 ,2019

Daughter-in-law ,Lenexa

Blake, I truly loved having you as my father-in-law. You always made me feel welcomed as a part of your WONDERFUL Mulvany family. Now you are a special angel watching over us from heaven. I love you, Blake! šŸ˜˜

Mary Mulvany Jun 06 ,2019

Daughter-in-law ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Blake, I have loved being your daughter-in-law. You always made me feel welcomed into your wonderful Mulvany family. Now, your are our special angel watching over us from Heaven. I love you, Blake! šŸ˜˜

T.Red Jun 07 ,2019

We are offering Prayers of Peace for the entire Mulvany clan, young and old. Alas, we know that the Angels, Blake and Rose Ann are dancing the Irish jig in Heaven!

Phil Thomas Jun 07 ,2019

Friend ,Prairie Village ,Kansas

Blake led an extraordinary life and was a very kind-hearted man to all. My very sincere condolences to the Mulvany family for this most heavy loss.

Tom Intfen Jun 07 ,2019

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Jason and Anne Van Garsse Jun 08 ,2019

Family friend ,Fresno ,California

Our sincerest and most heartfelt sympathies to the Mulvany family. While this may seem only a time of sadness, this is also a time of great joy. Mr. Mulvany is now reunited with Mrs. Mulvany, and both are in the hands of God. Peace to you all. Jason and Anne Van Garsse

David Lindquist Jun 10 ,2019

Friend of Family ,Castle Rick ,Colorado

My memories of Blake and the entire Mulvany Family are as good as it gets. I regret that Iā€™m not in KC and able to celebrate his life with you all. Your Dad was always kind to me and I remember his gentle strength. I know this is a difficult time for all of you but I hope the amazing memories of his life help you through the sadness you feel in your heart. Respectfully, David Lindquist

Tom Day Jun 10 ,2019

Friend ,Lawrence ,Kansas

To All the Mulvany Family, My thoughts are with you during this time of sadness. Keep the memories of your father close to your hearts for they will help ease your sorrow.

Dan Pyle Jun 10 ,2019

Family friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Mulvany family, Sorry for the loss of such a great man. He was one of a kind, he touched the lives of so many, including mine, always in a positive way. He will be missed even though he's in a better place. Leta and I will be thinking of your family, hope the good is you can rally together and find strength in each other. Take care, Dan & Leta Pyle Go Cyclones!

Eric Anaya Jun 11 ,2019

Friend ,California

To the Mulvany Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Blake was one of the first coaches that really inspired me not only to excel in sports but also in life. Even at a young age it was easy to realize he was someone to admire and to emulate. It was an honor to know him and I am thankful for the lasting impression he left on me. Rest In Peace Coach.

Dan Breitenstein Jun 11 ,2019

Former Student ,OVERLAND PARK ,Kansas

Rose and John, Kevin and Mary, and family, Your Dad's funeral was one of the most beautiful funerals I've ever attended... What an awesome send off for your wonderful father into his eternal life! It was pretty obvious by the number of people in attendance today and last night that he was a very special man who made a mark in this life for so many. And, Kevin, your eulogy, and Father Mick's, were both amazing tributes to your loving parents. God Bless them both, and Rest in Peace Blake and Roseanne...

Dennis and Geri Hord Jun 12 ,2019

Friend and colleague ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Please accept our sincere condolences at the passing of our dear friend and mentor Blake Mulvany. We were out of town and unable to attend services to personally extend to you the love and appreciation that we feel for all the times he supported us when we were at Bishop Ward and Saint Thomas Aquinas. He was always available for answering questions and offering advice from his many years of experience as an educator, administrator, and father figure. Blake loved his family and his vocation, and was an inspiration to us both. When others doubted our chances of husband and wife working together, he relished the idea and supported us all the way. He leaves a footprint on thousands of lives; we need more people like him. God bless him and bless you in this time of sorrow. Dennis and Geri Hord

Sister Therese Steiner Jun 12 ,2019

friend ,Cheyenne ,Wyoming

To all the Mulvany Family, You all are in my prayers as you say goodbye to the head of your family. I was a teacher for 10 years at Ward H. S. and treasure that experience especially because of the leadership and care that Blake gave to the whole school community. May God give you peace in the awareness that he has been welcomed by Christ whom he served so faithfully. In Christ's love, S. Therese Steiner, SCL

Event:
Rosary
Location:
Church of the Nativity
Address:
3800 W. 119th St.
City:
Leawood
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66209
Date:
Jun 10 ,2019
Time:
4:00 PM
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Event:
Visitation
Location:
Church of the Nativity
Address:
3800 W. 119th St.
City:
Leawood
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66209
Date:
Jun 10 ,2019
Time:
4:00 PM
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Event:
Funeral Mass
Location:
Church of the Nativity
Address:
3800 W. 119th St.
City:
Leawood
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66209
Date:
Jun 11 ,2019
Time:
11:00 AM
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