Charles Allen Capper
Aspen, CO Colorado
Charles Allen “Cap” Capper died July 4, 2008.
Cap was born April 15, 1930, to Roy and Ruth Capper in Brush. During his junior and senior years of high school in Brush, Cap was named to the Colorado high school All State football team. He excelled in other sports as well.
Cap went to the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he majored in English. After graduation, Cap joined the U.S. Army and became a chemical warfare instructor during the Korean War. After his return to Colorado, Cap attended the Colorado School of Mines and earned his degree in chemical engineering.
While studying at Mines, Cap sold auto parts to help pay for his education. At this time, he found his calling. Cap’s first job in Aspen was with Aspen Auto Parts. After a number of years, he decided to start his own parts store. With Jack Jenkins’ blessing, Cap’s Auto Supply became a major part of Aspen. Even as competitors, Cap and Jack helped each other in any way they could.
For more than 25 years, Cap’s Auto Supply was where everyone came for auto parts. Once you walked into the store, you were never a stranger. Cap knew your name, your car and your family. Cap could not say no to anyone if help was needed. If you needed a car part, a cup of coffee, a cold beer or just someone to talk to, Cap was always there.
After selling his business, Cap and his wife, Frankie, traveled and settled in Arizona. After Frankie passed away, Cap moved to northern California to live with family.
Aspen never left Cap’s heart. He could not stop talking about all the wonderful friends and times he had had in the mountain town he loved with all his heart. Cap would say, “There is magic in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. If you put your heart and soul into what you wanted, the magic would work for you.” While living in the valley, Cap was an active member of the Elks Lodge and the V.F.W.
Cap is survived by son Woody Capper and family, of El Jebel; daughter Charlene “K.C.” Walden and son Clancy Grant, both of Yreka, Calif.; son Michael Grant, of San Diego; son Patrick Grant, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will take place in a few weeks in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Rest areas and recreation facilities along Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon, including boat put-ins, trails and the paved bike path, have been routinely closed to nonpermit public use during flash flood watches.
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