Aspen, CO Colorado
Dougald Mullen, 68 years old, lost his life after a car crash during the blizzard of Tuesday, Feb. 8. He was flown by helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital, but never regained consciousness; he died on Friday, Feb. 25.
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., on Aug. 20, 1942, to Irish dad James Mullen and Russian mom Anna Mae Mullen (Smitzer), Dougald was named after his adventurous Uncle Dougald who was a professional boxer in Ireland. Young Dougald inherited his uncle’s free spirit and followed in his footsteps. He joined the Merchant Marines after high school and was on the first ship to navigate the St. Lawrence Seaway.
After leaving the Merchant Marines, he headed west and landed in Aspen in 1968, just after curbs and gutters were added. In the ’70s and ’80s he waited tables at Maurice’s and he remained close to that family through the years. An avid skier, Dougald climbed and skied the backcountry before it was a sport. He was a ski warrior, having broken a leg at least four times. In the summers he was a motorcycle enthusiast traveling on the back roads, and dirt biking the trails of the Elk Mountains.
He and his pals made the annual pilgrimage to Sturgis, S.D., religiously. An avid outdoorsman, he was a fly-fishing guide and certified skeet and clay pigeon instructor. In 1985 he moved to Woody Creek to become another colorful Woody Creature, known for his gracious manners.
Dougald is survived by his daughter Christine. He will be missed by his neighbors and friends and in June his motorcycle buddies, who have ridden with him for the past 30 years, will host a memorial in Woody Creek.
Check the Woody Creek Post Office and Tavern for an update.
– by Michael Cleverly