Auburn said goodbye to a loyal and dedicated community service volunteer last month. Former Auburn Food Bank volunteer Harrison “Ace” Mills passed away on May 18.
The Donut Man
Ace began volunteering for the Auburn Food Bank in January 2013. He worked every day, including all holidays, until December 13, 2016. Ace dedicated a total of 2,232.75 hours to the food Bank.
Ace’s daily visits and pickups at the donut shops in Auburn have earned him the name “Donut Man”. Pick up at Starbucks, Tully’s, Auntie Ann’s and Panera, he was the face of the food bank and he represented the organization well. Stores are still asking questions about Ace today.
Auburn Food Bank CEO Debbie Christian said Ace is always looking for ways to improve. Hardworking and proactive, he would step up if he felt there was a problem or a need. “He was a man on a mission,” Christian said. “There isn’t a person he has met that he hasn’t touched!”
Although Ace’s health deteriorates, he continued to volunteer his services until he could no longer. “It was a sad day when we realized that Ace couldn’t go back to work. Our hardest day was his last day, ”said Christian.
Beyond the Auburn Food Bank
The food bank was not the only benefactor of Ace’s volunteerism. Bev Patient worked with Ace at Calvary Temple / Northwest Family Church. Volunteering weekly at the church office to help with projects and prepare newsletters for service, Patient described Ace as a tireless volunteer. “Ace willingly volunteered to do whatever was necessary. Ace was always reliable to go above and beyond any given task at hand.
Ace’s impact went beyond his volunteerism; her warmth and positivity have helped uplift others. “Ace had a wonderful way to take charge of everything. When we were particularly stressed about the weather we knew we could call Ace and he would introduce himself to help us meet those deadlines with a cheerful demeanor.
A familiar smiley face
Ace was a familiar face at the food bank, at community dinners, at churches and within the community. From fellow volunteers to vendors, customers and community members, “He treated everyone with kindness and dignity,” Patient said.
This cuteness was shown to the children at church on Sunday morning, with every candy Ace gave them. It wasn’t just any candy, however, but candy with smiley faces on the wrapper. “He was the ‘candy man’ of my church, the ‘donut man’ of my job,” Christian said. “Not sure anyone will ever compare themselves to this great man!” “
“[You] always found a kind smile, a warm handshake and a friendly welcome with Ace. I don’t think he’s ever met a stranger. Ace was a great friend to everyone, ”Patient said. “My life is richer because Ace was there and I’m lucky to call him ‘friend’. “
The Auburn Examiner offers his sincere condolences to Ace’s wife Polly Mills, daughter Paula Mills-Valdovinos and all her family and friends. We will truly miss Ace.
Celebration of life for Harrison “Ace” Mills
Friday June 4 at 1 p.m.
River of Life Brotherhood Church
10615 SE 216TH ST, Kent, WA 98032